10 Themes: Part 6: Power, Authority, and Governance


This lesson plan is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to understand and differentiate between these three critical concepts.

Your students will learn about the different uses of authority and examine situations where there is a lack of power, authority, or governance. By the end of the lesson, they will be able to apply what they have learned to real-world scenarios. This is an important skill for them to have as it will enable them to identify potential problems and find solutions to ensure an orderly society.

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Looking to add a little bit of intrigue to your social studies curriculum? This lesson plan is sure to get your students thinking critically about the world around them. With this lesson, they’ll learn how to define and differentiate between power, authority, and governance. Plus, they’ll get some insight into how these concepts are used by individuals and organizations to solve problems and ensure an orderly society. By the end of the lesson, your students will have a much better understanding of these important topics.

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3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Social Studies

State Educational Standards

NCSS.SS.D2.CIV.11.3 – 5, NCSS.SS.D2. CIV.12.3 – 5, NCSS.SS.D2.CIV.1.3 – 5,

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state