The two major English-speaking countries are Great Britain and United States of America. They are very similar due to common language and a common historical background, but there are also many things that are different between the two.
The differences are cultural, political and social. One major difference often brought to the forefront is politics and the political system as such.
To learn more about the differences between the political systems in the US and Great Britain you are going to do research about a list of terms (below).
You are going to investigate the terms, take notes and take part in a discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of each system. You should also submit a schematic drawing of three of the listed terms. This can be in shape of a mind map or similar.
Deadline. As agreed in class.
Terms to investigate
Branches of government
Checks and balances
War Powers Act
The role of the President (schematic)
The role of the Congress (schematic)
The role of the Supreme Court (schematic)
Presumption of innocence
The rule of Law
First-past-the-post, winner-take-all (election system) (Cf. Proportional representation)
The role of the Prime Minister (schematic) The role of the Monarch (schematic)
The role of Parliament (schematic)
Post a comment where you describe the most important thing you learnt today (according to your own opinion).
In base groups read, discuss and prepare to present two historical items.
Create cross-section groups where each member presents two historical items.
Whole class discussions: any important event missing? What makes a historical event?