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Social Studies - U. S. History II
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Standard 10
The students will understand the economic and political changes in contemporary America.
 
  • Political Cartoons
    Political Cartoons play an important part in telling the history of a given period of time. Students will learn to analyze cartoons by identifying the symbols, characters and information and its significance in history
 
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  • The American Standard of Living
    Is the distribution of income in the United States becoming more unequal? Does the average American today have a higher or lower standard of living than the average American of a generation ago? Will the next generation have a higher or lower standard of living?
  • The Controversial School Voucher Issue
    Recently, the concept and use of school vouchers has come to the forefront of political, societal, constitutional, and economic discourse. From Florida's new voucher program to the presidential political debates, school vouchers continue to be a most controversial topic.
  • The Mystery of the Voters Who Don't Vote
    Americans are known around the world for their love of liberty and democracy. Many Americans have fought and died to protect their system of government and way of life. Free elections are central to that system of government. Together with safeguards for protecting individual rights, free elections are the heart of American democracy. Yet many Americans do not vote. Only about half of all eligible voters vote in presidential elections, for example. This lesson plan asks and answers the question: 'Why don't more Americans vote?'
  • The Role of Government: National Debt vs. Deficit
    This lesson defines and compares the National Debt with the National Deficit. Students will discover the differences between the two and look at current trends. Students will examine the amount of per-capita debt and be exposed to the reality of the amount the national debt is increasing every day or two despite recent budget surpluses.

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