Lesson Plan

Local government has lots of layers. In this lesson, students learn that local government is a tool they can use for getting things done and finding out information. Students learn the structure and function of local government in Washington and how they can “harness the power” of local government to address issues of concern. This lesson’s activity is web-based so that students can explore their own local governments.

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  • Describe the structure and function of local government in Washington
  • Identify the level of local government that can address an issue
  • Explain the basics of public meetings
  • Use the internet to locate information about the layers of local government where they live


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