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Making Civics Real: A Workshop for Teachers

Constitutional Convention

Matt Johnson teaches an AP Comparative Government class to seniors at Benjamin Banneker Senior High School in Washington, DC. In this lesson, his 12th-grade students create a constitution for a hypothetical country called Permistan. Matt Johnson uses this lesson to help students review for their final exam and the AP exam by having them draw on what they have learned during the semester about international governments. Students work in cooperative learning groups to discuss and debate issues relating to the executive and legislative branches of government. The lesson closes with a simulation of a constitutional convention. Simulation is the primary methodology highlighted in this lesson.

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Constitutional Convention — Quiz

Take this quiz to test your knowledge about the topics discussed in this workshop.

The estimated Federal government income/revenue for 2002 was $2,192 billion. Social insurance payroll taxes and income taxes combined accounted for how much of this total?

Total U.S. government spending at the combined state, local and Federal levels was what percentage of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 1999? GDP refers to spending for goods and services of virtually all types in an economy. And how did the U.S. rank in government spending as a percentage of GDP compared to England, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, and Japan in 1999?

  • U.S. government spending was 10 percent of the GDP and the U.S. ranked second

    Source: A Citizen’s Guide to the Federal Budget for 2001 https://fraser.stlouisfed.org/docs/publications/usbcitizen/BUDGET-2001-CITIZENSGUIDE.pdf

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Produced by State of the Art, Inc., in collaboration with the National Council for the Social Studies and the Center for Civic Education. 2003.
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  • ISBN: 1-57680-679-0

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