2 We’re not the only game in town Teach different forms of governmentPro’s and con’s of eachWhere do we find them?
3 So many choices… Presidential vs. Parliamentary Democracy Monarchy TheocracyDictatorshipAnarchy
4 Define, describe, compare, contrast… What is Democracy?What is Socialism?What is Communism?What are the differences?Are there similarities?Mixed forms of eachAdvantages and disadvantages?
5 Democracy: what does it mean? Representational vs. Direct DemocracyWhich is better?How citizens participate in a democracyVoting, learning about candidates, running for office, campaigning for others, protests, mass movements, etc.Loewen: teach change from the bottom up, not top down, if you want to teach citizenship
6 Who did you vote for in the Presidential Election? No oneThe role of the Electoral CollegeWhy it was createdHow it worksPositive and negative argumentsWhat do you (your students) think? Why?
7 How the U.S. Government is set up A Federal SystemBalances states’ rights, peoples’ rights, and federal power10th Amendment and the 14th Amendment: how the balance has changed over timeDifferent state lawsWhich power has jurisdiction?Constant tension/evolution of this balance
8 The 3 Branches of Government Separation of Powers/Balance of Powers: more like shared powersConcept: Power is dividedChecks and balancesHow does it work? Does it always work?Depends on the will of the people to make it work: the system doesn’t work on its own
9 Roles of the 3 BranchesLegislative Branch (aka Congress, aka House of Representatives and Senate) makes the lawHow a bill becomes a law, or doesn’tExecutive Branch (aka the President) executes the lawJudicial Branch interprets the law: is it Constitutional?
10 Branches have changed over time Judicial Branch originally small and weak until Marbury vs. Madison and “judicial review”Judicial Branch is not supposed to create policy or law with its rulingsTeach various court levels and systemsCases work their way up to the Supreme Court
11 Executive Branch has really grown Originally much smaller and less powerfulFear of imperial powerWar and crisis increased size of executive branchCompare to today: Cabinets, budget, staff, amount of influence over our daily lives
12 The Constitution It’s really small! Teach the contents: Preamble, Articles, AmendmentsFocus on Bill of Rights, but don’t forget the othersWas the Constitution radical or conservative: or, does power change people once they get it?Rights have expanded. Who is still left out? What do you (students) think of that?
13 The Political ProcessDefinition/difference between Liberal and ConservativeDemocrats, Republicans, Socialist Party (gasp!), Green Party, other partiesThe process of getting people elected: caucuses, primaries, elections, etc.
14 The Role of the Media Image making and advertising techniques Name calling, transfer, bandwagon, plain folks, testimonial, card stacking, glittering generalitiesThe roll of the pollsHow technology allows politicians to change their messageMedia bias
15 The U.S. and the World The role of U.S. foreign policy The concept of “realpolitik”The role of multinational corporations
16 A short list of resources Constitutional Rights Foundation of ChicagoWe the People FoundationFlocabulary.com