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Forms of Government Web Quest

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Introduction
There has been a series of earthquakes around the world. The platelets are continuing to shift. Scientists have estimated that within one year the majority of the Earth's surface will be under water.

Scientists have determined that Pinellas County will definitely be under water. Your community has decided that they would like to relocate together. The scientists have determined what areas will still exist. Each area has a different form of government and offer their citizens different ways of living.

Which form of government would create a place where your community would want to live? What is it like to be a citizen under that form of government?

The Task
You and your team are now part of a very important mission! You will decide on the type of government that suits your community best. Each team member will investigate a different form of government: democracy, dictatorship, monarchy, and communism.

Your jobs are to discover the pros and cons of each form of government. You will gather important and detailed information to share with your team.

After coming to a consensus, you and your team will create a PowerPoint presentation stating why you chose that form of government and why you did not choose the other three.

The Process
Step 1:
First you'll be assigned to a group of 4 students. Your group will consist of a two captains, and two or three other team members.

Step 2:
Within your group, you will be assigned one form of government to study individually.
a. Dicatorship - 1st Captain
b. Monarchy - 2nd Captain
c. Communism - Team Nember 1
d. Democracy - Team Member 2

Step 3:
You will now use the links provided to gain more information about your form of government. Use this time wisely as this may be your only oprotunity to do this research. For help with new words, use the dictionary.

Dictatorship
Dictatorships
The Dictatorship.com
Dictatorship Article
Adolf Hitler
Fidel Castro

Monarchy
Monarchy
British Royal Family
Danish Royal Family

Democracy
Democracy
PBS Kids
United States State Dept.

Communism
Communism
Marxists
History of Communism
Mao Zedong

Step 4:
To record your research, use the T Chart to list pros and cons of your form of government. Save the T Chart after typing the information into it so that you can submit it to me via the electronic drop box. If you need a reminder on how to do this, SEE ME! You will need at least 3 pros and 3 cons. This chart will be shared with your team.

Step 5:
At your team meeting you will share your research. While other members share their research, you are responsbile for recording 3 facts you learned about other forms of government. Use the Chart for recording your facts. Once again, this sheet must be typed and then submited via the electronic drop box. I will show you in class how to do this.

Step 6:
Based on the information you have gathered, you and your team will create a PowerPoint presentation to show the community. Your team will submit your PowerPoint to Mr. O'Hara via the electronic drop box. Your PowerPoint is expected to include animation, pictures, and creativity.

Evaluation




































 
Beginning

1
Developing

2
Accomplished

3
Exemplary

4

PowerPoint

Students will produce a PowerPoint by engaging the community members and creating an opinion.

Your argument is not based on factual information.


It was not convincing to the audience because no examples were given.

Your argument is based on little factual information.

It was not convincing enough because there were few examples given .

Your argument is valid and somewhat convincing.


You gave some specific examples in your PowerPoint.

Your argument is valid and very convincing.




You gave many specific examples in your PowerPoint.

T Chart


Students will research their form of government and record four pros and cons.

Your T Chart is not based on factual information.


It contains only one pro and/or one con.

Your T Chart is based on little factual information.

It contains only two pros and/or two cons.

Your T Chart contains factual information.


It contains only three pros and/or three cons.

Your T Chart contains factual information.


It contains four or more pros and cons.

Animation and Graphics


The group prepares and created a presentation in which there are pictures, animation and color.

Pictures, animation and color.

Lacking in all above areas


Pictures, animation and color.

Lacking in two of the above areas.

Pictures, animation and color.

Lacking in one of the above areas.

Pictures, animation and color.

Appropriately displays all of the above.

Participation


How well did you work with others.

You did not cooperate with others. You did not contribute information.
You cooperated and contributed only a little bit.
You

cooperated well with others but did not contribute a lot.
You worked extremely well with others and contributed a lot of information.

Conclusion
Well, what did your team decide? Did you decide to live under a dictatorship, monarchy, monarchy, or a democracy? No matter what your decision, we hope that you learned a lot about different forms of government.

Enjoy your new home...

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