Lesson Plan

Students learn the role of citizens and how they can influence the government. They measure the impact of their "citizen power" on each of the three branches and learn how to target the right government official with their concerns. (Note: This lesson will be most effective if students have some background knowledge of the three branches of government.)

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Partner Resources for this Lesson Plan include:

The Fourth Branch: You! - Middle School - on Nearpod

The Fourth Branch: You! Newsela

Citizenship and Participation - Newsela Text Set


Students will be able to...

  • Compare the role of citizens in each branch of government by filling out a comparison table.
  • Compare the impact of citizens on the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court.
  • Describe the role of the three branches.
  • Decide whether a variety of citizen communications have targeted the correct government officials with their requests.


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