TITLE: Citizenship and the Constitution AUTHOR: Tana Carney Preciado; CVAVTS, El Reno, OK GRADE LEVEL/SUBJECT: 7-12 / citizenship and the constitution. OVERVIEW: Students need to be informed citizens on a local, state and national level. PURPOSE: To identify government officials and resources on a local, state and national level. To demonstrate an understanding of the government on a local, state and national level. OBJECTIVES: 1. To list government officials to a local, state and national level. 2. To identify government agencies on a local, state and national level. 3. To list the 2 houses of Congress. 4. To name the 3 branches of the United States government. 5. To name the 3 departments represented in the President's cabinet. 6. To determine what is a presidential veto. 7. To name the 2 major political parties in the United States. 8. To describe an amendment. 9. To identify federalism. 10. To determine who makes the laws of a state. RESOURCES/MATERIALS: local telephone directory US Government/ Citizenship textbook. ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: 1. Read and discuss government textbook/citizenship textbook with students. Create an awareness of how the government works and the officials at the local, state and national level. 2. Discuss the government agency services provided at the local, county, state and national levels. Have a local telephone directory available as a resource material. ACTIVITY 1: Write the names of government officials 1. President 2. Vice-President 3. United States Senators from your state 4. Member of the United States House of Representatives from your congressional district 5. Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court 6. Speaker of the United States House of Representatives 7. United States Secretary of State 8. Governor of your state 9. Mayor city manager of your municipality 10. Name the 3 branches of the United States Government 11. Who elects the President 12. Name the 3 departments represented in the President's Cabinet 13. What is a presidential veto 14. Name the 2 house of Congress 15. List the qualifications for a United States Senator 16. Name the 3 United States Courts 17. Who heads the Supreme Court 18. Name the 2 major political parties in the United States 19. What is an amendment 20. What are the first ten amendments to the Constitution called 21. How old must a citizen be to vote 22. What is federalism 23. Who makes the laws of a state ACTIVITY 2: Study the following chart of federal, state, county and local governmental agencies. Then write the agency that you would contact to help you solve the problems listed below. Federal: Internal Revenue Service Post Office Social Security Administration State: Division of Motor Vehicles Environmental Protection Agency County: Commissioner of Voter Registration Department of Human Services Local: Police Department Fire Department Tax Assessor Board of Education 1. Your parents have added a room to your home and want to protest an increase in their property tax. 2. You have moved to a new town and need to enroll in school. 3. Your brother has reached driving age and wants to apply for a driver's license. 4. Your mother wants to know if she can deduct the cost of home insulation from her income tax. 5. You have obtained your first job and need a social security number. 6. You need advice about how to dispose of flammable materials. 7. Your new bicycle is stolen. 8. Heavy smoke and fumes from a chemical factory are polluting your neighborhood. 9. You have moved and need to have your mail forwarded to your new address. 10. Your sister has turned 18 and wants to register to vote. 11. Your friend has home and family problems and wants some help.
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