Systems of government
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Democracy versus dictatorship – Egypt 2011
This lesson looks at what is meant by a democracy and dictatorship. It examines the conflict in Egypt to draw out features of a dictatorship and compares those to a democracy. For activity two you will need pictures which are available on the pdf version of this resource.
This lesson looks at the different voting systems used in various parts of the UK and the pros and cons of each.
Parliament and Government: who does what?
Students explore the differences between Parliament, Government and the Cabinet, pool their knowledge of who's currently in the Cabinet and in the news, and draw a flow diagram to show how new laws are made.
Local mayors: Boris and the rest
Two lessons' worth of material to help students engage with issues surrounding the politics of elected mayors. In the first lesson, they learn about the mayor's role and discuss the potential advantages and disadvantages. In the second, they develop a manifesto for a local mayor in their area.
Do your students associate politicians with grey beards? Explode the myth by promoting Youth Parliament. The challenging code-breaker will leave all of your class feeling that politics is relevant to teenagers.
General election 2010
Which student's flyer will lead to a win at the ballot box? Thanks to clear PowerPoint instructions throughout, this ICT lesson will run itself for your Year 10s. Prepare to be blown away by their political campaigns!
The good, the bad and the ugly (Lesson 1 of 5)
Part of a series of five lessons based on democracy. Students consider what the terms ‘democracy’ and ‘election’ mean and will go on to demonstrate in practical ways some of the problems associated with implementing democracy via a class election.
The good, the bad and the ugly (Lesson 2 of 5)
The second in a series of five lessons based on democracy, this lesson shows students how difficult it is to establish a democracy and makes them think of the major issues involved in running an election.
The good, the bad and the ugly (Lesson 3 of 5)
The third in a series of five based on democracy, this lesson establishes the organisational aspects that enable the election to take place in the next lesson. The rules will be clarified and the different roles of the students will be established.
The good, the bad and the ugly (Lesson 4 of 5)
Fourth in a series of five based on democracy, this lesson is when the election takes place.
The good, the bad and the ugly (Lesson 5 of 5)
The last in a series of five based on democracy, this lesson gives the result of the election and provides time for reflection on the issue of democracy.
We need an election! (Lesson 1)
Students find out more about general elections through a lively activity in which groups plan election campaigns for imaginary political parties. The pressure is on to plan the best campaign for next lesson's political rally!
We need an election! (Lesson 2)
Based on last lesson’s preparations, a mini political rally is staged in which spokespersons make speeches to the audience and take questions from the floor. Peer-assessment is used to evaluate each party’s election campaign.
Challenging circle-time memory activity in which students are asked to recite a list of all countries in world according to their level of democracy!
What is the role of an MP?
Enjoyable picture-matching and word-scrambling activities give students an overview of what an MP is and what they do. They are also asked to write an MP's job description!
What influences us?
Students look at who or what influences (e.g. the media, peer group, parents, etc) their decisions in various aspects of their lives. Get them thinking!
Should we have a queen?
A card-sort activity helps students clarify their own attitude towards the monarchy. They learn more about the main arguments that support monarchy and that support a republic.
Key features of local and national government
Students draw their own cartoons to illustrate twelve key points about local democracy. The best cartoonist wins a nifty certificate!
How does the UK compare?
Looking at how different countries around the world are governed, allowing students to make comparisons between UK democracy and political systems in other parts of the world.
How do political parties work for you?
Ask students to identify the leaders and key policies of the mainstream political parties in the UK. By doing this, they will learn about the political party system.
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