Foreign Policy: War & Peace and Everything In Between

Lesson Plan

Students learn what foreign policy means. First, they learn the distinction between foreign and domestic policy. Then they find out what role the executive branch plays in foreign policy and the primary tools it uses: foreign aid, the military, and treaties. In addition, students learn how foreign policy power is shared with the legislative branch.

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The student will...

  • Define the terms “foreign” and “domestic” by identifying common-use phrases that use these words.
  • Distinguish between foreign and domestic policy by analyzing examples of both.
  • Take notes about the three main tools the executive branch uses for foreign policy.
  • Determine how the executive and legislative branches share foreign policy powers by matching powers with branches.
  • Categorize current and historical examples of foreign policy in action by analyzing the examples and matching them with the correct foreign policy tool.