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Exploring Key Political Issues & Communicating with Political Leaders

Exploring Key Political Issues & Communicating with Political Leaders

This is an overview of a 3-week unit aimed at teaching high school students how to research their political leaders at multiple levels of government, along with current political issues.  While its ultimate purpose is to help students become responsible citizens before they graduate, the unit addresses Michigan High School Social Studies Standards 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.1.3, 6.1.4, 6.1.5, 6.2.3 and 6.2.11 in particular.  The unit engages students through the use of technology and provides real-life learning activities such as writing a letter to a representative about a current political issue important to the student.

Detailed lesson plans are NOT included at this time, but may be uploaded at a later date.

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Lindsay Annelin
Lindsay Annelin (Teacher (K-12))
5 years ago

This overview of the three-week unit is well laid out and very resourceful as a teacher who might be teaching this curriculum.  The calendar with specific assignments/tasks at the end of the lesson is quite useful and very user-friendly. 

This lesson has clear objectives and goals for the students to learn and apply in their own studies.  It incorporates many forms of assessing student learning and progress, which is very important throughout a unit such as this, which can be somewhat overwhelming for students to understand.  It is done in a way that is accessible to others and easy to follow.

Very well developed lesson plan and ideas...outstanding!

Technical Remarks:

Easy to access and I like that it incorporates technology!

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray (Student)
5 years ago

First, I have to comment on all the linkages to standards... very much appreciated!  Very good!  

I like the focus of the assignment.  It's something that is realistic and sends a strong message to students about their agency in society.  The interactive components are the strength of this assignment; allowing students to talk to each other as well as citizens through their blog posts will really help create understanding.

One concern would be the level of technology it is necessary for students to know how to navigate.  You might consider building in some tutorials online or in some othe format, in case students need help starting up their blog or working with zoho, diigo, or other services.  I see that there are work days scheduled and days for "logistics;" maybe that type of work is included here.

Overall, great job!

Technical Remarks:

As mentioned above, there is a lot of technology skills that students may be learning and not be quite comfortable with yet... other than that, everything looks great!

Time spent reviewing site: 15 mins