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Content Provider
Contact Information
Matt Schullek
800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH  43211
Phone: (800) 640-7679
Program Title
So You Know the U.S. Government?
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
   based on 71 evaluation(s).
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners seniors Public Library: Library Patrons
Maximum Number of Participants
We prefer groups of 35 or fewer participants but can make exceptions.
Minimum Number of Participants
Minimum of 6 participants
Primary Disciplines
Social Studies/History
Video Clip
Program Description
Think your class understands the workings of the United States Government? We’ll test your students’ knowledge of the origins, structure, and responsibilities of our government. This presentation serves as an excellent means of introducing your students to the workings of government and also serves as a means of review for those classes that have recently completed lessons in government. Classes will be split into three teams with each team having the opportunity to select a question category of their choice per turn. Test your class’s knowledge of government by scheduling So You Know the U.S. Government.
Program Format
1. Categories, scoring, and rules of the game show are reviewed.
2. Round One - 10 - 15 minutes
3. Commercial Break
4. Round Two - 10 - 15 minutes
5. Commercial Break
6. Final Round
7. Closing comments
After participating in this program, students will have a better understanding of the U.S. government, the documents that define the foundations of our government, the branches of government, and the powers and limitations of each branch.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
Questions covering the following content standards may be asked over the course of the program...

National Standards Connection

NCTE – ELA K-12.4 Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
NCTE – ELA K-12.12 Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).

NCSS - SS.2 Time, Continuity, and Change
NCSS - SS.5 Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
NCSS - SS.6 Power, Authority, and Governance
NCSS - SS.8 Science, Technology, and Society
NCSS - SS.9 Global Connections
NCSS - SS.10 Civic Ideals and Practices

Common Core Standards
ELA CCSS: SL.3.1, SL.3.2, SL.3.3
ELA CCSS: SL.4.1, SL. 4.2, SL.4.3
ELA CCSS: SL.5.1, SL.5.2, SL.5.3
ELA CCSS: SL.6.1, SL.6.2, SL.6.3
ELA CCSS: SL.7.1, SL, 7.2, SL.7.3
ELA CCSS: SL.8.1, SL.8.2, SL.8.3
ELA CCSS: SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.3
ELA CCSS: SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.3

State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
Questions covering the following content standards may be asked over the course of the program...

Ohio Revised Standards – Social Studies
Grade Three
Theme: Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far
Topic: Rules and Laws
Content Statement 11: Laws are rules which apply to all people in a community and describe ways people are expected to behave. Laws promote order and security, provide public services and protect the rights of individuals in the local community.

Topic: Roles and Systems of Government
Content Statement 12: Governments have authority to make and enforce laws.
Content Statement 13: The structure of local governments may differ from one community to another.

Grade Four
Theme: Ohio in the United States
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills
Content Statement 15: Individuals have a variety of opportunities to participate in and influence their state and national government. Citizens have both rights and responsibilities in Ohio and the United States.
Content Statement 16: Civic participation requires individuals to make informed and reasoned decisions by accessing and using information effectively.
Content Statement 17: Effective participants in a democratic society engage in compromise.

Topic: Rules and Laws
Content Statement 18: Laws can protect rights, provide benefits and assign responsibilities.
Content Statement 19: The U.S. Constitution establishes a system of limited government and protects citizens’ rights; five of these rights are addressed in the First Amendment.

Topic: Roles and Systems of Government
Content Statement 20: A constitution is a written plan for government. Democratic constitutions provide the framework for government in Ohio and the United States.
Content Statement 21: The Ohio Constitution and the U.S. Constitution separate the major responsibilities of government among three branches.

Grade Eight
Theme: U.S. Studies from 1492 to 1877: Exploration through Reconstruction
Topic: Roles and Systems of Government
Content Statement 20: The U.S. Constitution established a federal system of government, a representative democracy and a framework with separation of powers and checks and balances.
Content Statement 21: The U.S. Constitution protects citizens’ rights by limiting the powers of government.

High School
Theme: American Government
Topic: Civic Involvement
Content Statement 1: Opportunities for civic engagement with the structures of government are made possible through political and public policy processes.

Topic: Basic Principles of the U.S. Constitution
Content Statement 5: As the supreme law of the land, the US Constitution incorporates basic principles which help define the government of the United States as a federal republic including its structure, powers and relationship with the governed.
Con tent Statement 6: The Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers framed the national debate over the basic principles of government encompassed by the Constitution of the United States.
Content Statement 7: Constitutional government in the United Sates has changed over time as a result of amendments to the US Constitution, Supreme Court decisions, legislation and informal practices.
Content Statement 8: The Bill of Rights was drafted in response to the national debate over the ratification of the Constitution of the United States.
Content Statement 9: The Reconstruction Era prompted Amendments 13 through 15 to address the aftermath of slavery and the Civil War.
Content Statement 10: Amendments 16 through 19 responded to calls for reform during the Progressive Era.
Content Statement 11: Four amendments have provided for extensions of suffrage to disenfranchised groups.
Content Statement 12: Five amendments have altered provisions for presidential election, terms, and succession to address changing historical circumstances.
Content Statement 13: Amendments 11, 21 and 27 have addressed unique historical circumstances.

Topic: Structure and Functions of the Federal Government
Content Statement 14: Law and public policy are created and implemented by three branches of government; each functions with its own set of powers and responsibilities.
Content Statement 15: The political process creates a dynamic interaction among the three branches of government in addressing current issues.

Topic: Role of the People
Content Statement 16: In the United States, people have rights which protect them from undue governmental interference. Rights carry responsibilities which help define how people use their rights and which require respect for the rights of others.

Topic: Ohio’s State and Local Governments
Content Statement 18: The Ohio Constitution was drafted in 1851 to address difficulties in governing the state of Ohio.
Content Statement 19: As a framework for the state, the Ohio Constitution complements the federal structure of government in the United States.
Content Statement 20: Individuals in Ohio have a responsibility to assist state and local governments as they address relevant and often controversial problems that directly affect their communities.

Topic: Public Policy
Content Statement 21: A variety of entities within the three branches of government, at all levels, address public policy issues which arise in domestic and international affairs.
Content Statement 22: Individuals and organizations play a role within federal, state and local governments in helping to determine public (domestic and foreign) policy.
Program Length
Approximately 45 minutes but can be shortened if necessary.
Date/Time Notes
We ask that program reservations be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Be sure to list an alternate date in your program request in the event that your requested date isn't available. Please allow up to 5 business days to have your request processed.
Program Cost
By Request: $125.00
Program Fee Notes
Invoices will be sent out after the program has been delivered.

Bulk program discounts are available. Contact our studio for more details.

Please allow up to 5 business days to have your program request processed.
Cancellation Policy
We will not charge for programs canceled due to inclement weather. The full presentation fee will be charged to sites, which cancel with less than 24 hours notice.
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Program Delivery Mode(s)
Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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