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  • 1. Today’s Plan • Jumpstart Assignment - What is the most important issue facing our country today (in your opinion)? Why do you feel this issue is the most important? • Reading Minute • Finish Last Nights Assignment • Notes: Chapter 1, Section 2 • Group Activity – Forms of Government Skits
  • 2. Forms of Government • Classification can be done 3 ways…
  • 3. Who can participate? Democracy • Authority rests with the people. • A direct democracy exists where the will of the people is translated into law directly by the people themselves. • In an indirect democracy, a small group of persons, chosen by the people to act as their representatives, expresses the popular will.
  • 4. Dictatorship • A dictatorship exists where those who rule cannot be held responsible to the will of the people. • An autocracy is a government in which a single person holds unlimited political power. • An oligarchy is a government in which the power to rule is held by a small, usually self-appointed elite. Who can participate?
  • 5. Classification by Geographic Distribution of Power • A unitary government has all powers held by a single, central agency. • A confederation is an alliance of independent states. • A federal government is one in which the powers of government are divided between a central government and several local governments.
  • 6. Classification by the Relationship Between Legislative and Executive Branches
  • 7. Forms of Government
  • 8. Group Activity • Groups of 3 will create a 1 minute skit to represent the form of government they are given. • You will need to draw the form of government that is on the other side of the card.
  • 9. Homework • Answer questions 1-6 on 16.
  • 10. Homework • Answer questions 1-6 on 16.

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