Lesson Plan

World Government Project

Students work in teams to research and present a comprehensive overview of a world government.
Leah K.
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Cobb County School District
Marietta, GA
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
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Students will be able to...

  • Utilize online resources to research various countries, their cultures, and their governmental structures.
  • Compare and contrast various forms of government.
Social Studies
Grades 6 - 10
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1 Hook/Attention Getter; Flocabulary Forms of Government - "Who's Making the Rules?"

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As a closer the day before beginning this unit, please ask students the following questions:  "In your opinion, what is the BEST form of government?  Why?"

Have students view the Forms of Government video from Flocabulary titled "Who's Making the Rules?"

In one paragraph, students should respond to the questions.  Answers should be submitted upon entry to class the following day.

Student Instructions

Think about these questions:  "In your opinion, what is the BEST form of government?  Why?"

View video.

In one paragraph, respond to the questions asked before the video.  Please support your answer with examples.  Paragraphs are due at the beginning of class tomorrow.

2 Direct Instruction/Guided Practice: Overview of Government Structures and Economic Systems

Activity: Presenting

During this portion of the lesson, the teacher will need to review the following terms, their definitions, as well as pros and cons to each:

  • Monarchy
  • Dictatorship
  • Theocracy
  • Single-Party State
  • Direct Democracy
  • Parliamentary Democracy
  • Presidential Democracy
  • Unitary System
  • Federal System
  • Confederal System
  • Traditional Economy
  • Market Economy
  • Command Economy

Students should take notes on these terms.  

In the alternative, teacher may provide a graphic organizer to students and allow them to use textbooks to research the concepts.

3 Guided Practice: Assignment of Countries and Groups

Activity: Creating

In this step, teacher will need to explain the project to students as well as assign countries and groups.  The questions listed below will need to be addressed in each group's final project.

  1. What type of government does this country have?  How is power distributed within the government?
  2. Define the territory-Make a map of where this country is in the world.
  3. Which theory of the origin of the State applies to the current government of this country:  Explain how this happened.
    • Evolutionary
    • Force
    • Divine Right
    • Social Contract
  4. What is the structure of the Government?  FEDERAL, CONFEDERATE OR UNITARY?  Who has the power and how did they get it?  What type of government does this country have?  What is the political system? I need details and explanations.  How do they select their leaders?  Do they conduct elections?  Do citizens have a free choice?
  5. Flag for the country and what it represents
  6. National Anthem, why was this song chosen or written?
  7. Social Groups and hierarchy, the division of labor-what are the different jobs?  Are some richer than others?  Can you move up in society? Are women treated as equals with men? Are different races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations respected, treated equally, and protected by law?
  8. Rules of Conduct-Constitution - How is the power distributed in this country?  List the main points of the Constitution.
  9. Enforcement and punishment, how is this accomplished? Police force, military (ARMY, etc.?), secret police?  What type of court system, if any, does this country use?


  1. Private or public ownership or a combination?  How does it work?  Taxes and benefits:
  2. Health care-Does the government provide for all citizens?  Is there a direct cost or is it covered by taxes?
  3. Education-public or private?  What opportunities are available for the citizens?  Describe the school system.


  1. Defense-National Security (Does this country have nuclear weapons?)


  1. Immigration-How does the policy work?
  2. Official language-All legal documents must be in this language.
  3. Official religion-all must pay taxes to support this religion.  Your country may or may not allow other religions to be practiced.


  1. Does this country belong to any International organizations (trade treaties, defense alliances, organizations for peace)?  Which ones?  If they belong to no international organizations, why are they isolationists?

4 Guided Practice: Group Research

Utilizing the Countries of the World App as well as the other resources, students will research the answers to the questions in the previous step for their assigned country.

Please remind students throughout this process what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

5 Guided Practice: Creating Presentation

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Using one of the resources listed in this step, students should create an interactive presentation for you and their classmates presenting their countries, governments, and other information from the requirements.  

6 Presentation/Wrapping Up: Adding to the Class Wiki

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Students will upload their final presentations to the Class Wiki.

Time can be devoted in a computer lab or using  BYOD for students to review other groups' presentations.  Each student should view at least THREE other presentations.

Voting on the best presentation can be done utilizing Google Forms or Office365 Excel Survey (if available).