government unit has me at a loss

Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by Emerson Squirl, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Emerson Squirl

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    Mar 23, 2009

    I'm in the process of creating a unit on government in 4th grade, using the Understanding by Design method. This is the first time I've used this approach so I'm a little lost, (plus, I'm sure I'm overthinking the whole thing):dizzy:. My enduring understanding is: government is created by people and therefore isn't always perfect- there are times when the government doesn't/ hasn't serve(d) everyone- but we as citizens have a say in how government works.
    The standard for 4th grade in my state says that students should have an understanding of how rights and responsibilities of various groups have varied over time. I would like to focus on the rights and responsibilities of a citizen for a couple lessons, then shift towards groups of people that have been shown some form of discrimination from the government, and then maybe tie in learning to what ways citizens can participate in their community and government.
    Anyone have ideas, or know of websites that could help me?:help:

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