Purpose of Government Activity
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by Adam Parry
| 15 Questions
Note from the author:
needs powerpoint
  • This activity requires you to formulate opinions and be able to justify/argue why you believe the way you do.
  • We start with some basic concept gathering
  • We then look at a series of 4 concept images (pictures) which require you to formulate an opinion and then use the concept gathering information to support your argument.
  • We then apply these argument ideas to the lab by making a group decision which will Mr. Parry will input into the computer program to form the basis of our “social values” for the lab to being working from.
  • We work on the WCPS literacy goals by having you answer a series of reflection questions
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Listed below are the main purposes of government. Work with a peer next to you. Define the statement and give 3 examples for each

1. maintain social order
2. provide public services
3. provide for national security
4. make economic decisions
Part II
  • We are going to look at 4 key areas, each with social issues of some type tied into a series of the pictures.

  • First, identify what conditions / needs / events you see.
  • Second, identify what category of government responsibilities this falls into
1. maintain social order
2. provide public services
3. provide for national security
4. make economic decisions
  • Third explain what response you expect from the USA government to address these issues AND why.
  • Fourth we will vote on a solution for the lab using a DIRECT DEMOCRACY. You will identify what you voted for and why that will solve this problem.
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Issue 1
  • First, identify what conditions / needs / events you see.
  • Second, identify what category of government responsibilities this falls into
1. maintain social order
2. provide public services
3. provide for national security
4. make economic decisions
  • Third explain what response you expect from the USA government to address these issues AND why.
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Fourth we will vote on a solution for the lab using a DIRECT DEMOCRACY.
You will identify what you voted for AND WHY that will solve this problem.
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Issue 1 Analysis Question: Answer in 1-2 sentences
What is the role / responsibility of government when addressing the needs of the poor, sick and homeless? Be sure to tie in one of the 4 responsibilities listed above.
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Issue 2
  • First, identify what conditions / needs / events you see.
  • Second, identify what category of government responsibilities this falls into
1. maintain social order
2. provide public services
3. provide for national security
4. make economic decisions
  • Third explain what response you expect from the USA government to address these issues AND why.
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Fourth we will vote on a solution for the lab using a DIRECT DEMOCRACY.
You will identify what you voted for AND WHY that will solve this problem.
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Issue 2 Analysis Question: Answer in 1-2 sentences
What is the role / responsibility of government when addressing the border protection / immigration into our nation?
Be sure to tie in at least one of the 4 responsibilities listed above.
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Rate our government's success rate at achieveing the following:
1. A solution to the concept of providing for the homeless and poor - Have we provided them with public services that can adequatley address their needs without violating their rights as citizens?

2. A solution to the concept of controlling illegal immigration so that we protect our borders, keep costs low and ensure the security of our people without committing mass genocide or major violations of human rights
Very Successful
Partially successful
Lacking success in some areas
We are a totally screwed up nation
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Issue 3
  • First, identify what conditions / needs / events you see.
  • Second, identify what category of government responsibilities this falls into
1. maintain social order
2. provide public services
3. provide for national security
4. make economic decisions
  • Third explain what response you expect from the USA government to address these issues AND why.
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Fourth we will vote on a solution for the lab using a DIRECT DEMOCRACY.
You will identify what you voted for AND WHY that will solve this problem.
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Issue 3 Analysis Question: Answer in 1-2 sentences
Is it the government’s role under Social Order to determine what is legal vs illegal marriage? Explain.
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Issue 4
  • First, identify what conditions / needs / events you see.
  • Second, identify what category of government responsibilities this falls into
1. maintain social order
2. provide public services
3. provide for national security
4. make economic decisions
  • Third explain what response you expect from the USA government to address these issues AND why.
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Fourth we will vote on a solution for the lab using a DIRECT DEMOCRACY.
You will identify what you voted for AND WHY that will solve this problem.
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Issue 4 Analysis Question: Answer in 1-2 sentences
What is the role / responsibility of government when addressing the rights of an individual to do things to his/her body?
Be sure to tie in one of the 4 responsibilities listed above.
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Final Summary Analysis - There are 3 parts to this. You need to answer each in 2-3 sentences. Make sure you take the time to explain what you mean and relate it back to the responsibilities of government.
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