Governments Powerpoint

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This is a simple PowerPoint I use to help teach eighth graders some basic government theory before I launch into the US constitution. I'm not sure it's loading up correctly. It's supposed to have sounds and movement.

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Governments Powerpoint

  1. 1. <ul><li>Where are they??? </li></ul><ul><li>All around us!!! </li></ul>Governments At home, at school, in town . . . There are family governments, school governments, local governments, state governments and national governments.
  2. 2. But WHAT ARE Governments????? <ul><li>Government – n 1: The organization or agency through which a political unit exercises authority. </li></ul>hmmm… um… well… . . .Lets see what the experts say . . . Say What?! <ul><li>Government – n 2: The complex of institutions, laws </li></ul><ul><li>and customs through which a political unit is governed. </li></ul>I Don't Think So!
  3. 3. But WHAT ARE Governments????? <ul><li>Government – n 4: When and how people control other people. </li></ul><ul><li>Government – n 3: The governing body. </li></ul>You're Getting Closer!! FINALLY ! ! ! What are you waiting for, WRITE THIS ONE DOWN!!!
  4. 4. Here’s how it all works . . . This graph represents . . . people with power to control people people with power At this end it’s low, because fewer people have power At this end it’s high, because many people have power
  5. 5. Here’s how it all works . . . And this graph shows . . . How much power is held by each of them This end shows a high amount of power for each ruler, because the fewer rulers there are, the more power each one holds This end shows only a little power held by each person, because the more people there are who have power, the less power any one person has
  6. 6. So when we put it all together . . . How much power is held by each of them people with power How much power is held We can understand & compare governments Autocracy When one or two people rule everyone else Also called Dictatorship, Absolute Monarchy, or in extreme cases, Despotism And at the opposite end of the spectrum … Anarchy When everyone has power only over themselves, and nobody has power over anyone else Actually, this is technically not a government at all It’s more of a lack of government The person in power may be called …
  7. 7. So when we put it all together . . . How much power is held by each of them people with power How much power is held We can understand & compare governments Autocracy Anarchy Autocrat King Emperor Dictator Despot Democracy Oligarchy And in between . . . I know right now you’re asking yourself … “ Self, why did he put Democracy lower than the others?” BECAUSE . . . Democracy has several forms! Direct Democracy Republic (Rep. Democracy) Now . . . Here’s some more information for your notes:
  8. 8. Which type of government is the best? Democracy? Oligarchy? Autocracy? Anarchy? Nope ! Sorry ! Try Again ! Not ! This one isn’t even really a government, remember?! It was a trick question! There’s no “BEST” government all the time, because every type of government has its own strengths and weaknesses!
  9. 9. Now lets think about, talk about, and write about some of the strengths and weaknesses of each type of government
  10. 10. Now lets think, talk, and write some more! Here are some good questions . . . <ul><li>How do governments come to be? </li></ul><ul><li>What does (or should) a government do? </li></ul><ul><li>WHY do governments come to be? </li></ul><ul><li>What other ways can we evaluate governments? </li></ul><ul><li>What about Communism & Socialism? </li></ul>
  11. 11. There’s still more to talk about, like . . . Rebellions & Revolutions International Politics Constitutions Government & Economics But we don’t need a power point for that!
  12. 12. THE END hi hi hi hi

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