Civics/American Government for Middle School Students

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Unit 0- Course Overview

0 Course Overview 05:00

This course is designed specifically for middle school students and is adaptive to help them understand the ins and outs of the United States government. Each lesson involves a Google Slide equipped with learning objectives, vocabulary, examples, images, and a recap of the information. Students who take this course will leave with a comprehensive understanding of where our government origins came from, how they've grown, how they operate, and, most importantly, how young people can engage in the civic process. 

Unit 1- Foundations of United States Government

1 Why Government? 13:43

Why does government exist?

2 Why Government? Review 03:31

Lesson review

3 Who Rules? 18:39

What different kinds of government exist?

4 Who Rules? Review 04:58

Lesson review

5 A Dive Into Democracy 19:45

Where did the US get some of their ideas for democracy?

6 A Dive Into Democracy Review 02:05

Lesson review

7 The Sovereign State 18:59

What elements make up a country?

8 The Sovereign State Review 11:59

What elements make up a country?

9 Limiting Government 15:32

In what ways is our government limited?

10 Limiting Government Review 02:49

Lesson review

11 Columbus to the Colonies 21:00

What changes did Europeans bring to the Americas?

12 Columbus to the Colonies Review 05:12

Lesson review

13 Colonial Influences 16:31

What influenced our Founding Fathers?

14 Colonial Influences Review 02:48

Lesson Review

15 Hey King, Get Off Our Backs! 17:06

What were the main causes of the American Revolution?

16 Hey King, Get Off Our Backs! Review 04:01

Lesson review

17 Articles of Confederation 17:38

What were the problems with America's first government?

18 Articles of Confederation Review 07:05

Lesson Review

19 Wanted: A Just Right Government 16:46

What went into the process of creating America's government?

20 Wanted: A Just Right Government Review 06:46

Lesson Review

21 We're Free, Let's Grow 14:37

How did our territory grow in the early years?

22 We're Free, Let's Grow Review 04:37

Lesson Review

Unit 2- Applying the Constitution

23 Anatomy of the Constitution 18:33

What parts make up the US Constitution?

24 Anatomy of the Constitution Review 03:13

Lesson Review

25 You've Got Rights 10:25

What individual rights are found in the Constitution and how did they get there?

26 You've Got Rights Review 03:25

Lesson Review

27 Federalism 15:20

How do our federal and state governments share power?

28 Federalism Review 04:40

Lesson review

29 Louisiana Purchase 11:29

What did the acquisition of the Louisiana Territory mean to our country?

30 Louisiana Purchase Review 02:48

Lesson Review

31 Manifest Destiny 16:05

What motivated America to expand its territory from sea to shining sea?

32 Manifest Destiny Review 03:34

Lesson Review

33 Slavery 19:42

How did a country founded on freedom and liberty allow slavery to exist for so long?

34 Slavery Review 04:02

Lesson review

35 Civil War & Reconstruction 15:34

What government actions were taken during this era of American history?

36 Civil War & Reconstruction Review 02:37

Lesson review

37 Jim Crow 16:21

How did Jim Crow laws take hold of the American South after Reconstruction?

38 Jim Crow Review 04:07

Lesson review

39 Civil Rights 18:07

What were the actions taken by those involved in the Civil Rights Movement?

40 Civil Rights Review 05:46

Lesson Review

41 Civic Action 16:33

What is the process for trying to make social change?

42 Civic Action Review 04:36

Lesson review

43 Voting Rights 19:58

How were voting rights in America expanded over time?

44 Voting Rights Review 04:06

Lesson review

Unit 3- Three Branches of Government

45 Congress in a Flash 11:21

What parts make up the United States Congress?

46 Congress in a Flash Review 03:00

Lesson Review

47 Voting in Congress 12:04

How do elected official determine how they will vote on certain bills?

48 Voting in Congress Review 03:39

Lesson review

49 Nationbuilder in Chief 15:35

What precedents were set by America's early presidents?

50 Nationbuilder in Chief Review 04:20

Lesson review

51 All In A Day's Work 11:06

What does the president do on a daily basis?

52 All In A Day's Work Review 04:16

Lesson review

53 Supreme Court Nominations 14:33

What is the process for nominating Supreme Court justices?

54 Supreme Court Nominations Review 03:57

Lesson review

55 A Very Big Branch 12:01

What are the other parts of the Executive Branch besides the president?

56 A Very Big Branch Review 03:03

Lesson review

57 Foreign Policy 12:25

How does the Executive Branch determine America's foreign policy?

58 Foreign Policy Review 03:18

Lesson review

59 Judicial Branch in a Flash 15:30

What parts make up the Judicial Branch?

60 Judicial Branch in a Flash Review 03:00

Lesson review

61 Sources of Law 16:35

What kinds of different law exist?

62 Sources of Law Review 04:02

Lesson review

Unit 4- Extensions of the Government

63 State Power 12:19

What are some powers that are "reserved" for the states?

64 State Power Review 04:00

Lesson review

65 The Capable County 10:04

What powers to county governments have?

66 The Capable County Review 04:06

Lesson Review

67 Political Parties 14:16

How do political parties work?

68 Political Parties Review 02:55

Lesson review

69 The Electoral Process 16:38

How does the electoral process work and how does it determine the presidential election?

70 The Electoral Process Review 02:30

Lesson review

71 The Census 02:56

What is the census and how does it effect American citizens?

72 The Census Review 02:28

Lesson Review

73 Citizenship 13:44

Who is a citizen? How does someone become a citizen? What rights and responsibilities do citizens have?

74 Citizenship Review 03:12

Lesson review

75 Propaganda 17:38

What is propaganda and how is it used for persuasion?

76 Propaganda Review 03:55

Lesson review

77 The Role of the Media 02:50

What role does the media play in determining what's presented to the public as "news?"

78 The Role of the Media Review 03:05

Lesson review

79 Taxes 16:57

What are taxes and how are they used to improve our country?

80 Taxes Review 04:13

Lesson review

81 The Government & the Economy 18:04

How do the government and the economy work together?

82 The Government & the Economy Review 03:27

Lesson review

83 Course Wrap-Up 01:20

Thank you for taking this course!

Course Overview

This middle school Civics/American government video course covers all of the content students need to successfully complete a middle school social studies course. The course has an emphasis on critical thinking skills. It covers the requirements of the Social Studies Common Core standards and focuses on topics that will prepare students for higher-level concepts.

This Course Includes:

  •   4 UNITS 
  •   82 VIDEOS
  •   41 VIDEO LESSONS
  •   41 WORKSHEETS WITH COUNTERPART ANSWER SHEETS
  •   41 EXERCISE REVIEW VIDEOS (I explain each answer to each question)
  •   41 QUIZ QUESTIONS WITH COUNTERPART ANSWER SHEETS
  •   OVER 12 HOURS OF VIDEO LESSONS

 

Course Goals

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  •    Explain what it means to be an American citizen and summarize the duties and responsibilities of citizens
  •    Demonstrate key understandings about the U.S. Constitution, including the principles behind it, its importance as the supreme law of the land, its structure, and how it is amended
  •    Examine the roles and responsibilities of government, at the federal, state, and local level
  •    Compare and contrast the major political parties in the United States and describe the presidential electoral process
  •    Examine the principles that underpin the U.S. economic system, and describe the effects of globalization on the world economy
  •    Explore a variety of career possibilities and discuss the role of education in providing the skills needed in the job market
  •    Use social studies skills to access, interpret, and apply information from a variety of sources

 

Target Audience

This course is designed for middle school students (5th-8th) to gain a comprehensive understanding of the United States Government as well as their role as citizens of the United States.

Course Requirements

This course requires the same level of commitment from you as a traditional classroom course would. Throughout the course, you are expected to spend approximately 3-5 hours per week online on the following activities:

  • Interactive lessons that include a mixture of instructional videos and tasks
  • Assignments in which you apply and extend learning in each lesson

 

COURSE TOPICS

Unit 1- Foundations of the United States Government

Lessons

  • Why Government?
  • Who Rules? 
  • A Dive Into Democracy
  • The Sovereign State
  • Limiting Government
  • Columbus to the Colonies
  • Colonial Influences
  • Hey King, Get Off Our Backs!
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Wanted: A Just Right Government
  • We're Free, Let's Grow

 

Unit 2- Applying the Constitution

Lessons

  • Anatomy of the Constitution
  • You've Got Rights
  • Federalism
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Slavery
  • Civil War & Reconstruction
  • Jim Crow
  • Civil Rights
  • Civic Action
  • Voting Rights

 

Unit 3- Branches of Government

Lessons

  • Congress in a Flash
  • Voting in Congress
  • Nationbuilder in Chief
  • For the President, All in a Day's Work
  • Supreme Court Nominations
  • A Very Big Branch
  • Foreign Policy
  • Judicial Branch in a Flash
  • Sources of Law

 

Unit 4- Extensions of the Government

Lessons

  • State Power
  • The Capable County
  • Political Parties
  • The Electoral Process
  • The Census
  • Citizenship: Just the Facts
  • Propaganda
  • The Role of the Media
  • Taxes
  • The Government & the Economy

 

Thanks for choosing this course and I look forward to sharing it with you! 

  • Teacher: Daniel
  • Areas of expertise: Social Science- American Government/Civics/US History
  • Education: South Dakota State University- Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education, Master of Education- Curriculum & Instruction
  • Interests: Cooking, Exercising, Yoga, Reading, NBA 2K20, Spending time with my wife and our two cats
  • Skills: Education, Coaching, Trivia Guru
  • Associations: South Dakota Teaching Certification- 6-12 Secondary Social Science Curriculum Director Education Specialist #77638
  • Issues I care about: Social Sciences as a true delivery system for understanding how the world around us was created and how we can best function within it to make it a better place.

My name is Dan and I am a passionate educator who has taught at the middle school, high school, and college level. I am excited to share my love for Social Studies with students using the Lernsys platform. We live in a time where learning about our history, our government, and how the two intersect, is more important than ever. Civic literacy is an essential aspect of America’s future and I’m looking forward to sharing this learning process with you.

Test Preparation Document

Test Preparation Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Why Government? Quiz Answer Key

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Who Rules? Quiz Answer Key

Who Rules? Quiz Answer Key

A Dive Into Democracy Quiz Answer Key

A Dive Into Democracy Quiz Answer Key

The Sovereign State Quiz Answer Key

The Sovereign State Quiz Answer Key

Limiting Government Quiz Answer Key

Limiting Government Quiz Answer Key

Columbus to the Colonies Quiz Answer Key

Columbus to the Colonies Quiz Answer Key

Colonial Influences Quiz Answer Key

Colonial Influences Quiz Answer Key

Hey King, Get Off Our Backs! Quiz Answer Key

Hey King, Get Off Our Backs! Quiz Answer Key

Articles of Confederation Quiz Answer Key

Articles of Confederation Quiz Answer Key

Wanted: A Just Right Government Quiz Answer Key

Wanted: A Just Right Government Quiz Answer Key

We're Free, Let's Grow Quiz Answer Key

We're Free, Let's Grow Quiz Answer Key

Anatomy of the Constitution Quiz Answer Key

Anatomy of the Constitution Quiz Answer Key

You've Got Rights Quiz Answer Key

You've Got Rights Quiz Answer Key

Federalism Quiz Answer Key

Federalism Quiz Answer Key

Louisiana Purchase Quiz Answer Key

Louisiana Purchase Quiz Answer Key

Manifest Destiny Quiz Answer Key

Manifest Destiny Quiz Answer Key

Slavery Quiz Answer Key

Slavery Quiz Answer Key

Civil War & Reconstruction Quiz Answer Key

Civil War & Reconstruction Quiz Answer Key

Jim Crow Quiz Answer Key

Jim Crow Quiz Answer Key

Civil Rights Quiz Answer Key

Civil Rights Quiz Answer Key

Civic Action Quiz Answer Key

Civic Action Quiz Answer Key

Voting Rights Quiz Answer Key

Voting Rights Quiz Answer Key

Congress in a Flash Quiz Answer Key

Congress in a Flash Quiz Answer Key

Voting in Congress Quiz Answer Key

Voting in Congress Quiz Answer Key

Nationbuilder in Chief Quiz Answer Key

Nationbuilder in Chief Quiz Answer Key

All In A Day's Work Quiz Answer Key

All In A Day's Work Quiz Answer Key

Supreme Court Nominations Quiz Answer Key

Supreme Court Nominations Quiz Answer Key

A Very Big Branch Quiz Answer Key

A Very Big Branch Quiz Answer Key

Foreign Policy Quiz Answer Key

Foreign Policy Quiz Answer Key

Judicial Branch in a Flash Quiz Answer Key

Judicial Branch in a Flash Quiz Answer Key

Sources of Law Quiz Answer Key

Sources of Law Quiz Answer Key

State Power Quiz Answer Key

State Power Quiz Answer Key

The Capable County Quiz Answer Key

The Capable County Quiz Answer Key

Political Parties Quiz Answer Key

Political Parties Quiz Answer Key

The Electoral Process Quiz Answer Key

The Electoral Process Quiz Answer Key

The Census Quiz Answer Key

The Census Quiz Answer Key

Citizenship Quiz Answer Key

Citizenship Quiz Answer Key

Propaganda Quiz Answer Key

Propaganda Quiz Answer Key

The Role of the Media Quiz Answer Key

The Role of the Media Quiz Answer Key

Taxes Quiz Answer Key

Taxes Quiz Answer Key

The Government & the Economy Quiz Answer Key

The Government & the Economy Quiz Answer Key

Why Government? Answer Key

Who Rules? Answer Key

A Dive Into Democracy Answer Key

Limiting Government Answer Key

Columbus to the Colonies Answer Key

Colonial Influences Answer Key

Hey King, Get Off Our Backs! Answer Key

Articles of Confederation Answer Key

Wanted: A Just Right Government Answer Key

We're Free, Let's Grow Answer Key

Anatomy of the Constitution Answer Key

You've Got Rights Answer Key

Federalism Answer Key

Louisiana Purchase Answer Key

Manifest Destiny Answer Key

Slavery Answer Key

Civil War & Reconstruction Answer Key

Jim Crow Answer Key

Civil Rights Answer Key

Civic Action Answer Key

Voting Rights Answer Key

Congress in a Flash Answer Key

Voting in Congress Answer Key

Nationbuilder in Chief Answer Key

All In A Day's Work Answer Key

Supreme Court Nominations Answer Key

A Very Big Branch Answer Key

Foreign Policy Answer Key

Judicial Branch in a Flash Answer Key

Sources of Law Answer Key

State Power Answer Key

The Capable County Answer Key

Political Parties Answer Key

The Electoral Process Answer Key

The Census Answer Key

Citizenship Answer Key

Propaganda Answer Key

The Role of the Media Answer Key

Taxes Answer Key

The Government & the Economy Answer Key

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