Michigan Studies





Unit 4:  The Government of Michigan

 

In this unit students extend their learning about civic concepts related to local government (2nd grade) to state government.  They begin with an examination of the purposes of government and the ways in which Michigan’s government works to fulfill those purposes.  By exploring the concept of representative government, students learn how the power of government belongs to the people.  They build upon their knowledge of local government by distinguishing the roles of state government from local government and explore why state government is needed.  By learning about the history of the Michigan Constitution, students are introduced to the concept of limited government and explore how the powers of government are separated among the branches in state government.  They examine ways that courts resolve conflicts as they explore the judicial branch.  Finally, students consider some important rights and responsibilities of citizenship including the responsibility to be informed about public issues.   

 

Lessons:

1.     Why Do We Need Governments?

2.    What is Representative Government?

3.    How Does State Government Differ From Local Government?

4.    What is the Purpose of the Michigan Constitution?

5.    How is the Government of Michigan Organized?

6.    How Do Courts Function to Resolve Conflict?

7.    What are the Rights and Responsibilities of Michigan Citizens?
 
 
 
 

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