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America's Promise Alliance
Grade Level: Middle High
Every child, every promise seeks to combine civic leadership with today's youth to create an increase in positive decision making and community growth. This amazing organization provides some pretty amazing data about the impact following four to five promises has upon our youth. Throughout the site, you will be given opportunities to explore concepts more in depth. By opening any of the links at the top of the site, you will gain information about the impact America's Promise has had on...
Topic:  Civic leaders, Youth
URL:  http://www.americaspromise.org/ Edit Citation 
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Branches of Government
Grade Level: Elementary
The United States government is made up of three branches that each have different responsibilities. The purpose of this government system is to ensure that there is a separation of power and one person does not have too much authority. Take your time and explore these three branches which consist of the legislative branch, executive branch, and judicial branch. The site will tell you what each branch does, who they are ruled by, and how they keep our government running smoothly with a...
Topic:  Federal government, United States--Politics and government
URL:  http://www.usconsulate.org.hk/pas/kids/branches.htm Edit Citation 
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Democracy
Grade Level: Elementary
Learn what it means to live in a democracy. The information includes how decisions are made and who makes those decisions. This site provides a definition of democracy and gives a brief look at the history of this form of government. You will learn about the problems that democracy has faced in the past and how they were dealt with. Underlined words throughout the site are links that will take you to more information on that topic.
Topic:  Democracy
URL:  http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/government/democracy.htm Edit Citation 
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Democracy, Italian-Style
Grade Level: Elementary Middle
Ruled by the people, Italy is a democracy. In the past, Italy was ruled by kings or dictators. Now, the people choose their leaders. Italy has a parliament that is like the United States Congress. Parliament consists of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. It is the parliament that elects Italy's prime minister. A prime minister can hold office as long as more than half the parliament approves. Discover the roles of the prime minister and president in Italy. Learn about coalition governments.
Topic:  Democracy, Italy, Parliamentary practice
URL:  http://www.eduplace.com/kids/socsci/fl/books/bkc_fl/wklyrdr/u6_article1.shtml Edit Citation 
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Government
Grade Level: Elementary Middle
A parliamentary democracy, Turkey is governed by an executive branch, national assembly, and the national security council. The president and representatives to the national assembly are elected, while the prime minister is appointed. The current constitution governing the parliament was established in 1982, although Turkey was first declared a republic in 1923. Understand that although a constitution was written in 1924, Turkey remained essentially a dictatorship, as religion, laws, and the...
Topic:  Turkey--Politics and government
URL:  http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/world/A0861657.html Edit Citation 
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Government for Kids
Grade Level: Elementary
Choose your state and access information on your state governor. Learn the governor's background and what he or she is doing to help make your state a better place to live. Find answers to some of your most puzzling questions concerning the government in the Question and Answer section. Test your knowledge of the government by answering the Government Trivia questions provided. Links to other kid-friendly sites covering governmental issues are included.
Topic:  Federal government
URL:  http://www.govspot.com/features/kids.htm Edit Citation 
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Korea, North
Grade Level: Elementary Middle
Just a little smaller than the state of Pennsylvania, North Korea borders China and South Korea. This dictatorship officially has an authoritarian socialist government. Civilization on the Korean peninsula has ancient roots. It has at times been under the control of China or Japan. At the end of World War II, North Korea became communist under the control of the U.S.S.R. Find out why North Korea launched a war against South Korea and why the U.S. and China got involved. More recently,...
Topic:  Korea (North)
URL:  http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0107686.html Edit Citation 
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National versus State Government
Grade Level: Elementary Middle
Do you know who works in the local government of your town? What about your state or even the country? Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids allows you to see what what each level of government does and how it has changed over time. Learn about the early stages of Federalism and then learn what the government does for you at the national and state levels. If you'd like to look at more detailed information click on one of the other kites at the top of the page.
Topic:  Federal government, State governments
URL:  http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/government/index.html Edit Citation 
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Socialism
Grade Level: Elementary Middle
In socialism, the group or government owns and manages the system for making and distributing products. While capitalism stresses personal property and profit, socialism emphasizes cooperation and social services that help others according to their needs. During the Industrial Revolution, factory owners got rich while workers stayed poor. More and more people begin to think socialism might be a good idea. They thought it could get rid of poverty. Learn about utopian settlements and workshops...
Topic:  Socialism, Socialism--History
URL:  http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/history/A0845750.html Edit Citation 
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State and Federal Government
Grade Level: Elementary Middle
Go on a quest to learn more about federal and state government. An on-line book about how our government was formed, links to other sites, and activity sheets of questions to find the answers to, are all found here. The on-line book has information about the founding fathers and the problems they had creating a balance of power between the federal government and the states. Read about the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Answer questions like: why weren't there any...
Topic:  Federal government, State governments
URL:  http://www.cccoe.net/govern/statefedgov.html Edit Citation 
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State and Local Governments
Grade Level: Elementary Middle High
Many web sites offer links to the fifty states' homepages, but this web site provides more. You will find an alphabetical list of the fifty states and the District of Columbia. Each state's name is a link to a page with links to more information about that state. The links do include the official state homepage, but there are links to web sites belonging to the states local governments and additional state information. More general information can be accessed by links related to both state...
Topic:  State governments
URL:  http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/state/stategov.html Edit Citation 
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The Democracy Project
Grade Level: Elementary
The United States government plays a big role in your life no matter your age. This site has an interactive way of teaching you about the role government plays in your life. Click on "How does government affect me?" and click on the government buildings to find out how they operate. If you click on the courthouse, you will learn about state courts, the judicial branch of government, how courts work at the federal level, etc. This site is the perfect starting point to becoming a...
Topic:  Citizenship--Study and teaching, Civics, United States--Politics and government
URL:  http://pbskids.org/democracy/ Edit Citation 
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The Democracy Project: President for a Day
Grade Level: Elementary Middle
How would you like to be president for a day? Fill out the application at this web site from PBS Kids, and you can experience a day in the life of a United States president. Once you accept the job, you will be asked to make many choices about how you spend your time. As you make the choices, you will see how many duties and see what kinds of powers the president has. Be sure to click the fact boxes throughout your presidential day to learn more about the job.
Topic:  Executive power, Presidents--United States
URL:  http://pbskids.org/democracy/presforaday/index.html Edit Citation 
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The Town Meeting: A Local Legacy
Grade Level: Elementary Middle
A popular form of local government in New England towns, the town meeting allows all citizens to come and discuss local issues like taxes. Citizens vote on issues related to schools and local government at town meetings. Some think society has grown too complex to make decisions using the direct democracy of town meetings. Others say the people who attend are mostly retired or unemployed and so their opinions probably don't represent the majority. A professor of political science thinks town...
Topic:  City and town life, Direct democracy
URL:  http://www.americaslibrary.gov/es/vt/es_vt_town_1.html Edit Citation 
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U.S. Government
Grade Level: Elementary Middle
Three branches form the United States government: executive, legislative, and judicial. This site is primarily about the executive branch. Find out the qualifications for a President and Vice President. The United States President serves as Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, Chief of State, Chief Diplomat, Chief Legislator, Chief of the Party, and the Voice of the People. Learn what he does in each of these roles. Find out the powers that belong to the office of the president and the...
Topic:  Federal government
URL:  http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/lbjforkids/usgov.shtm Edit Citation 
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U.S. Government Web Sites for Kids
Grade Level: Elementary Middle
Ben explains interesting information about the U.S. Government according to school grade level. Sections are divided into kindergarten through second grade. An example is to choose a letter of the alphabet and read the lesson. The letter "D" is for document; many of our laws are based on documents that were written over 200 years ago. Our basic freedoms are outlined in a document called the Bill of Rights. The next group is for grades three through five. A visual helps to...
Topic:  Government information
URL:  http://bensguide.gpo.gov/subject.html Edit Citation 
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Vote: The Machinery of Democracy
Grade Level: Elementary Middle
The ways in which Americans vote are featured in this interactive exhibition from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Look back at the history of voting methods in the United States to see how votes were counted and who counted them. See how different states ran their elections and view historical photographs of ballots and ballot boxes. There are samples of paper ballots through the years. Also shown and described are the beginnings of voting machines from gear and lever...
Topic:  Elections--United States, Voting
URL:  http://americanhistory.si.edu/vote/ Edit Citation 
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posted Oct 22, 2011, 4:07 AM by Ben Gavel

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