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Main Curriculum Tie:
Utah's Executive Branch
Subjects: Utah Studies, Government
Overview of Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students learn about the departments within the executive branch of the Utah state government and create a trivia game to test their knowledge.
Suggested Time Allowance: 1 hour
2. Explain that students will be working in groups to investigate the departments within the executive branch and then develop a trivia game. Divide students into fourteen equal groups and assign them to the following topics:
3. WRAP-UP/HOMEWORK: Using research gathered in class, students will create game cards with questions and answers to develop a trivia game entitled "Executive Branch" to be played in a future class. Each student in the group will receive three large index cards and is responsible for creating nine questions and answers. Each card represents the level of difficulty for the question, such as "Easy," "Moderate," and "Difficult." Students should write three questions for each level on the appropriate card. "Easy" questions will be worth 1 point, "Moderate" questions will be worth 2 points, and "Difficult" questions will be worth 3 points. Though students will write their questions and answers independently, they should make sure that their questions are not repeated by other members of the group. Collect the cards and fact-check them. Then, in a future class, divide students into groups of four and allow time for them to answer all of the questions, either with or without research materials available. The team with the most points wins the game. Alternately, the game can be played in "round robin" style by offering a team a topic, allowing a student in that group to determine the level of difficulty, and asking a question. If the student answers correctly, his team gets the points. If not, any other group can "ring in" to answer it.
Further Questions for Discussion;
-How does the history of Utah government affect its current organization?
Evaluation / Assessment
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