It’s a simple question, isn’t it? Why do we have governments? That’s the key query as we start our look at America’s story by checking out the growth of our system of rule in the good old US of A. Begin this activity by accepting a 24 HOUR GOVERNMENT CHALLENGE. Think about your life for (almost) 24 hours – from wake up to wake up, or from dinner to dinner, or from loving history to loving history (that’s all the time, right?) List every way the government has an effect on your average everyday life. Be creative, use detailed bullet points on your handout, spend 5-10 minutes talking about it with your parents, brainstorm with a friend … you may win the challenge with the most (and most creative) examples. Also – post AT LEAST ONE example on the bulletin board for your class below … but you can’t repeat anyone else’s post!
Section 1 – How does the government affect me?
Section 2 – How does the government affect me?
Section 3 – How does the government affect me?
Section 4 – How does the government affect me?
Section 5 – How does the government affect me?
NEXT, check out some more theoretical explanations about government by checking out the following reading from iCivics about two famous philosopher-dudes, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. As you do, WRITE a definition or statement and DRAW a visual representation for each of the terms or ideas. This should take about 10-15 minutes.