Before getting students to understand the basic jobs within different roles in government (president, governor, mayor, judge etc…), I would start off with the Erik Erikson conversation on interdependence. This way, students would gain an appreciation for how people within government need each other to be successful. The essential question would work well as part of a culminating task where students aren’t just stating the roles of government officials, but truly digging deep into why we need these different roles and how they interact with each other.
Level: Elementary and Secondary Social Studies
Subject Area: Government/Civics
Author: Tiffany Heitman