Grades 9-12 Lesson Plans

A Country of Immigrants, More or Less

Civil Liberties and Rights, Diversity, History
Trustees: Amy Wong Mok and Bernard Rapoport
Grade Level: 6-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students compare and contrast notions of citizenship and non citizenship and examine patterns of immigration in the US.

Are We All that Different?

Diversity
Trustees: Barney Flores and Amy Wong Mok
Grade: 7-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will explore the characteristics of a diverse community, develop a questionnaire, and poll their communities.

Citizen Advocacy

Legislation and Policy Making
Trustee: Amy Wong Mok
Grade Level: 11-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will learn about the importance of expert testimony in the legislative process and recommend an amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act.

Function and Structure

Structure and Roles of Government
Trustee: Terrence Fontaine
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will build a list of local government structures and functions.

Lines and Leads

Role of Media
Trustee: Craig Flournoy
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will read, analyze, and write headlines and lead lines for newspaper articles.

Newsroom

Role of Media
Trustee: Craig Flournoy
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will simulate a newsroom and discuss how editorial decisions are made.

Running As A Woman

Campaigns and Elections, Civic Responsibility, History
Trustee: Annette Strauss
Grade Level: 10-12
Time: 70 minutes
Description: Students will evaluate campaign marterials, examine and debate the idea of a candidate "running as a woman," and appraise women's presence in politics.

Tilting the Balance of Power

Structure and Roles of Government
Trustees: Dan Gattis/Patrick Rose and Amy Wong Mok
Grade Level: 5-12
Time: 45-55 minutes
Description: Students will create a visual of three branches of government and their respective responsibilities.

Women’s Contributions

Civil Liberties and Rights, Diversity, History
Trustee: Cathy Bonner
Grade Level: 7-12
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will use textbooks to explore how women are presented in history.

A Matter of Age

Campaigns and Elections, Civic Responsibility
Trustee: Charles Clymer
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will investigate, research, and give a presentation about young elected officials in their local, state, or national community.

Business vs. Public Good

Civic Responsibility
Trustee: Bernard Rapoport
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will research a foundation and its founding member.

Civic Engagement for Us?

Civic Responsibility, Structure and Roles of Government
Trustee: Charles Clymer
Grade Level: 10-12
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Examine forms of civic engagement and responsibilities of government at various levels.

Interest Group Debate

Civic Responsibility, Legislation and Policy Making
Trustee: Barbara Brown
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Teach students about influence of interest groups in the decision making process.

Networking for Nonprofits

Civic Responsibility
Trustee: Cathy Bonner
Grade Level: 7-8,9-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Help students recognize the importance of networking and fundraising for businesses and non-profit organization.

Nominate An American Trustee

Civic Responsibility
Trustees: All
Grade Level: 9-12
Time:5-6 45 minutes classes
Description:The students will define community leadership, conduct library and internet research, write a report on a community leader and submit the nominee on the website.

State and National Legislatures

Civic Responsibility, Legislation and Policy Making, Structure and Roles of Government
Trustee: Amy Wong Mok
Grade Level: 11-12
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will compare and contrast the state and national processes for how a bill becomes a law; and understand how citizens can become engaged in the legislative process.

What’s Your Boxing Gym?

Civic Responsibility
Trustee: Barney Flores
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 90 Minutes
Description: Students will evaluate the importance of voluntary participation in a democratic society and understand how individuals influence public policy.

Young and Elected

Campaigns and Elections, Civic Responsibility
Trustee: Charles Clymer
Grade Level:10-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Examine challenges and successes young leaders face when campaigning, fund raising, and dealing with potential voters.

Action And Voice: Active or Passive?

Civic Responsibility
Trustees: Barbara Brown, Amy Wong Mok, or Charles Clymer
Grade Level: 10-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students analyze and describe the concept of political participation.

Charting Social Responsibility

Civic Responsibility, Civil Liberties and Rights
Trustee: Bernard Rapoport
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will learn about social responsibility and evaluate the concepts of "self-made" and corporate responsibility.

Everything is Political

Legislation and Policy Making, Structure and Roles of Government
Trustees: Dan Gattis and Patrick Rose
Grade Level: 10-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will craft a piece of legislation.

Involved for Change

Civic Responsibility
Trustees: Cathy Bonner, Barney Flores, or Barbara Brown
Grade Level: 10-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will complete a biographical sketch of a local community leader.

News Abuse

Role of Media
Trustee: Craig Flournoy
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will interview peers about sources of news, conduct a class survey, write a survey report, and express agreement/disagreement with an opinion.

Politics of the Moment

Civic Responsibility, Civil Liberties and Rights, History
Trustee: Annette Strauss
Grade Level: 10-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will discuss the qualities, character traits and actions of a politician that understood "the politics of the moment."

The Value of a Museum

Civic Responsibility, History
Trustee: Cathy Bonner
Grade Level: 9-10
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will explore the differences and similarities between museums and other places of learning.

Where Do You Draw the Line?

Legislation and Policy Making, Structure and Roles of Government
Trustee: Bill Ratliff
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will debate the pros and cons of different methods of congressional redistricting.

Discover Your Inner Politician

Structure and Roles of Government
Trustees: Dan Gattis/Patrick Rose and Annette Strauss
Grade Level: 6-12
Time: 30-45 minutes
Description: Students will take a personality test to see for which government office they would be best suited.