photo by Kevin Harber
Description of the Problem:
Oh geez, do we have a problem!?! The subject of Middle Eastern governments and government in general is an area in which students score lowest on their 7th grade social studies pre-test, and it is a topic that students often find lackluster and confusing. To better understand the problem, let’s take a look at the standards that 7th grade students are expected to master:
- a. Describe the ways government systems distribute power: unitary, confederation, and federal.
- b. Explain how governments determine citizen participation: autocratic, oligarchic, and democratic.
- c. Describe the two predominant forms of democratic governments: parliamentary and presidential.
First of all, many students do not have a clear understanding of what a government system is and have difficulty describing how government systems distribute power. Secondly, governments can be further classified as types when one looks at who governs and how the citizens participate. To further elaborate, democracy is a type of government that can be further differentiated into parliamentary and presidential.
Are YOU confused? Well, so are many of your classmates (and adults, too)! The good news is that the 7th grade government standards are a review of the 6th grade government standards; therefore, most students do have some prior knowledge of the vocabulary and content.
You have recently signed a multi-million dollar contract with Planet Hollywood Studios to create a “Crash Course” video that will make its debut in December 2014. Your video will be shown to all 7th grade students in an effort to creatively inform students about government and explain the concepts in a way that are easy to understand. As part of a production team, you will help students to be able to describe how government systems distribute power and explain how citizens participate in their government. By the time you are finished, students should be able to compare and contrast different forms of Middle Eastern governments.
Wishing you the best of luck, and I hope to see YOU at the Academy Awards in February!
Keywords/Phrases: These are just some examples of search terms you could use. Remember that by using quotation marks, you are ‘gluing’ terms together. If you aren’t finding what you’re looking for, try rearranging your terms.
- “Form of ____ government”
- Unitary government
- Federal Government
- Autocratic government
- Oligarchic government
- Presidential democracy
- Parliamentary democracy
- Citizen participation in (…)
- Within Mackinvia: (username: student #, password: read)
- GALE-World History in Context
- EBSCO Student Research Center
- GALILEO Teen
- World Book
Gateway sites on the Internet:
Specific Web Sites:
Websites you should NOT cite for this assignment:
- Wikipedia (ok to consult for background info, but not a scholarly resource to take notes from)
- Yahoo! Answer