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A Government for Xlandia
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students, as a United Nations Task Force, are asked to provide the new leaders of a nation that has just overthrown a dictator with good advice on how to create a constitutional democracy.

Fighting Chance
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students decide, in the role of first-year associates at a law firm, whether to take a case heading for the Supreme Court. Claiming unfair discrimination, a qualified woman wants to join the U.S. Army Special Forces but cannot because the Army bans women from such roles. Students analyze the strength of her case based on the equal protection and due process clauses of the 5th and 14th Amendments,  precedent cases, and the security needs of the nation.

LegiQuest
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students, in the role of lobbyists for an interest group representing young people, are asked to recommend the best path to follow from studying an issue to passing a law. Students must do research, recommend a position, and explain how to pursue legislation at the federal level to address three possible issues – music file sharing, gun control, and the military draft .

Not In My Back Yard
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students act as a City Manager’s staff trying to correct perceptions of back-room deal-making while deciding on the best location for transitional housing for the homeless. Various interest groups have entered the fray, and as students explain both their decision and the policymaking process they learn how local government works.

On the Campaign Trail
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students act as media consultants for a local political campaign and must decide how to best “market” a flawed candidate, given local issues and voter characteristics. Ethical dilemmas arise as students learn about the realities of campaigning for office today, providing the teacher and students with an opportunity to critically examine the U.S. election system.

The Better Budget
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students, in the role of constituents, are requested to serve as a focus group by their congressional representative, who asks for recommendations on cutting the federal budget. In attempting to provide a balanced view, students learn about the ideological roots of liberals and conservatives and what they believe to be the appropriate role of government.