Domestic Policy

Contributor: Brian Anthony. Lesson ID: 11442

Can your voice make a difference in shaping how government works? Learn how governments create (and change) policies by doing your own guided research, then make your views public with a web campaign!


Civics, United States

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personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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We all have our own principles and rules about how we deal with daily life issues. Write down your principles or rules for dealing with at least two or three of the following:

  • lending things to others
  • homework
  • clothing and fashion
  • money and spending
  • food and diet
  • family and friends
  • free time
  • pets

Governments also have principles and rules about how they deal with issues in society, and those principles and rules are called policies.

Public policies are the basic principles and rules that government officials use to govern.

Those policies shape law and other government actions.

  • How are policies created?

Read the article, Policy Making: Political Interactions, courtesy of the Independence Hall Association. As you read the article, gather and record information about the steps in creating government policies on the interactive below. Then, locate at least two other sources on how policy is made, using an online search engine. Add any new information and ideas you find to the interactive:

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Reflect on the following questions and discuss with your parent or teacher:

  • What are the biggest challenges in coming up with effective policies?
  • How can the process of policy-making be made more effective in advancing a country's interests?

Now that you know how policies are created, you can dive into the world of policy. In the Got It? section, you will explore some of the real policies that government officials have formulated to deal with some of society's most challenging issues.

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