This lesson follows a lesson introducing the 3 branches of government. Students already have an understanding of how laws are made and applied. Also, students have an understanding of the purpose of a system of government. A lesson connecting problem resolution to treaties and our government will follow this lesson.
• Students will understand how countries, like people, experience conflicts/problems.
• Students will understand how countries, like people, work together to resolve their problems.
H.S 3.2.1 Explain how the United States and other countries make laws, carry out laws, determine whether laws have been violated, and punish wrongdoers.
H.S. 3.2.2 Describe the ways in which groups and nations interact with one another to try to resolve problems in such areas as trade, cultural contacts, treaties, diplomacy, and military force.
Higher Order Thinking Questions:
1. Why is it important to “work together” and resolve conflicts?
¿Por qué es importante que trabajemos juntos?
2. What could happen if an understanding/resolution is not reached
¿Qué pudiera pasar si no pueden llegar a un acuerdo?
Assessment: Students will be evaluated through informal checks for understanding, teacher observation and performing an authentic task evaluation by the rubric provided.
|Read “Make Someone Smile.”
Connect to “The Great Chicken War” pointing out the idea that sometimes people can be too silly (“chicken in the book) to talk out their problems and fight instead,
Segue into …conflicts that they have experienced.
|Listen, observe, ask questions.|
Chart out problems that they have noticed within the classroom (no names) in one column.
Model using teacher observation and draw up an example treaty between teacher/class. (ex. too much noise). Present possible sentence frames that can be used in writing up a treaty. (see Special Needs)
|Add to discussion.
|Draw up treaty in pairs
Review “planning” steps (rough draft to be done in partners):
Pass out large paper (17x11in), rulers and other art supplies at table groups.
|Discuss conflict with partner and draw up a treaty.
|Broaden/Connect to current events: What are some problems within our community? Problems that countries may have?
Discuss as a whole group. Bring in clippings from newspapers or Student current even magazines.
|Next Lesson||Presentation and signing of contracts||Students present their contracts and sign.|
Special Needs of students are considered in this lesson:
Students can be put into flexible grouping scenarios that will benefit learning for all types of learners and special needs. Plenty of visuals, opportunities for verbal, written and nonverbal expression, and multiple learning modalities are available within the context of this lesson. The opportunity for student choice also gives students ownership of learning.
Students can find current local articles that discuss problems within the community/nation and discuss solutions.
Materials and Resources Needed: