3rd Grade New York

Leadership and Government

This inquiry is an exploration into governments around the world; it examines how the fundamental principles of governments vary in different world communities with diverse political systems. In uncovering the idea that the role of citizens varies in governments around the world, students develop an argument supported by evidence that answers the compelling question “Does it matter how leaders are chosen?”


Compelling Question:

Does it matter how leaders are chosen?

Staging the Question:

Discuss whether leaders are necessary.

Supporting Question Who is in charge of the government?

Formative Task Create cards for each form of government and sort the cards into categories according to who holds the power.

Sources Source A: “Who Rules?”
Source B: “Democracy?” and “Democracy vs. Autocracy”


Supporting Question How are leaders of governments chosen?

Formative Task Complete a chart for three countries, naming the type of government, the head of state (name and title), and how the leader is chosen.

Sources Source A: Government profiles: Descriptions of how leaders are chosen and images of heads of state of selected countries


Supporting Question What can happen when leaders make decisions that people do not like?

Formative Task Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of government leadership.

Sources Source A: “Thailand’s Army Arrests Students for Using Salute from ‘Hunger Games’”
Source B: “Thousands Protest in Hong Kong on Monday for Free Elections”

Summative Performance Task

Argument: Does it matter how leaders are chosen? Construct an argument (e.g., detailed outline, poster, essay) that addresses the compelling question using specific claims and relevant evidence from contemporary sources while acknowledging competing views.

Taking Informed Action

Understand: Accomplished through Performance Tasks 1 and 2
Assess: Accomplished through Performance Task 3
Act: Create a public service announcement about the role of voting to share with the rest of the school before the next school election.