Students watch a video about the government structures of North Dakota and its tribes. Students learn what characteristics good citizens have, and then they think of ways that they can help their communities.
This lesson is part of "Great States | North Dakota | Unit 7: Statehood & Citizenship" - a survey of what it means to be a citizen of North Dakota. Learn about government structures and challenges citizens of North Dakota have faced.
4.4.1: Identify the roles, rights, and responsibilities of a citizen in North Dakota (e.g., obedience to laws, the right to vote)
4.4.2: Identify the basic roles of the three branches of North Dakota government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial)
4.4.3: Identify the characteristics of a sovereign nation in terms of tribal government in North Dakota
- Video: Great States | North Dakota Government
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or other type of screen to project videos to the class
- Class set of North Dakota’s Governments graphic organizer
- Indicate that the students will be watching a short film about the formation of North Dakota’s government. Provide students with the North Dakota’s Governments graphic organizer.
- Instruct students that while they watch the video, they should take notes on the graphic organizer on the structure of North Dakota’s Tribal governments, on the North Dakota’s state government, and on what it means to be a good citizen. The third column for symbols should be left blank.
Play the video, Great States | North Dakota Government [3:52].
- After viewing the film, review the content of the graphic organizer. Then, ask students to create an image for each of these categories in the space provided.
- Ask students: what does it take to be a good citizen? What can they do in their school or community to be an active member of society?
3. A good citizen:
- Respects the law
- Completes their civic duties (examples include: voting, jury duty, paying taxes, staying informed)
- Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others
Active member of society:
- Donates food/clothes/shoes
- Helps community members, ex: helps an elderly person struggling to carry groceries
- Calls for help when a neighbor or member of the community is in trouble