The purpose of this unit is to empower upper elementary students to understand their role as a citizen of a democracy. By studying the three branches of our government system, the balance of powers, a comparison of democracy and other forms of government, and by examining their own beliefs and opinions, students will develop skills in critical thinking, leadership, and debate.
This unit was created by using the “backwards design” principles in Understanding by Design (Williams, Grant, & McTighe, 2004). The fourth and fifth grade learning objectives and standards in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCDPI, 2017-2018) was used as a guideline. Although this is primarily a Social Studies topic, Language Arts and Judaic Studies are integrated throughout this unit.
I have been teaching people of all ages since 1998.
I currently teach Language Arts and Social Studies for 4th and 5th grades. I am working towards my Masters in Education and K-12 Academically and Intellectually Gifted specialized certification at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.