Lesson 1: Types of Government
Learning Targets and Language Objectives
Imagine two different families, one with very authoritarian [strict] parents(s) and one with very permissive parent(s).
Question: What would be the benefits and drawbacks of living with strict parents compared to living with permissive (not strict) parents?
Stem: Living with strict parents is good because _____; however the negatives are _____. Living with permissive parents is good because _______; however, the negative of having permissive parents is _____.
Signal: When you can answer the question with at least one benefit and one drawback for each type of parents, stand up.
Share: Find a partner and use the sentence stems to share your ideas.
Access and download the WGS_Types of Government_Unit 7 handout.
Skim the vocabulary terms on pages 2 – 3 of the WGS_Types of Government_Unit 7 handout and categorize the vocabulary by words you know well and words you do not know (or are not very familiar with). Use the Comment/Markup tools to highlight words you know well and circle words you are less familiar with (the pencil tool in the Drawing Markup tools).
As you watch this short video on Types of Government, pay attention to who rules and has power in each type of government.
- What is the difference between direct and representative democracy? Is one system preferable to the other?
- Why are authoritarian governments more likely to be overthrown than democracies?
- Why is it important for governments to be responsive to the will of the people?
Use the phrases below and match them with the system of government they represent on the WGS_DefiningTypesOfGovernments_Unit 7.docx handout. We will do the first one together.
- An individual or group holds complete political power
- A type of government in which citizens hold political power either directly or through elected representatives.
- A government in which citizens elect representatives to rule on their behalf
- A form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler
- A ruling family headed by a king or queen holds political power and may or may not share the power with citizen bodies.
- A centralized government that does not tolerate parties of differing opinion that exercises control over many aspects of life
Complete the rest of the vocabulary, terms/symbols, and country in which each system of government exists on your own.
Revisit the Learning Targets for today’s lesson and complete the post-assessment, citing evidence in the last column.