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This is an introductory look at the complex structure of NYS Government and also the governments of local, county and state governments in NY.
The goal is to bring a heightened knowledge of the formal system of government in New York State, a better understanding of the forces that can change the balance of power, and an improved student understanding of how to be an active citizen, knowing their rights and responsibilities.
The lessons are based on the Key Ideas and Social Studies Practices of the New York State Social Studies Curriculum Framework. The can be integrated into existing units or combined for a unit of instruction on New York government. With these lesson plans, Participation in Government teachers have ready-made resources.