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      Overview: Talking with Teachers about Government

      The political direction of a community, state or nation is determined by the government. Though there are many different types of governments, the governing body of any group of people includes interdependent offices and systems. Students must understand their own governing bodies and acquire comparative knowledge of governments across the world.

      Ohio's Academic Content Standards establish the following expectations for student performance in the area of Government:

      • Students understand the purposes, structures and processes of political systems at the local, state, national and international levels;
      • Students understand that people create systems of government as structures of power and authority;
      • Students understand that these systems are intended to provide order, maintain stability and promote the general welfare.

      The content in this Teaching Tool is based on Ohio's Academic Content Standards: K-12 Social Studies and includes types of questions asked on the Ohio Graduation Test. While various activities are suggested for working with students, this Teaching Tool is designed to complement a rigorous, research-based curriculum, not to substitute for one.

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