9th Grade Different Types Of Government Lesson Plan (Social Studies)

Topic:Different Types of Government

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Understand the different types of government: unitary, confederal, and federal.
  • Identify the characteristics and advantages/disadvantages of each type of government.


  • Map of the world
  • Handout with information on the different types of government


  • Ask students to brainstorm a list of different types of governments they are familiar with. Write their suggestions on the board.
  • Review the list with students and ask them to explain the differences between each type of government.

Direct Instruction

  • Distribute the handout with definitions and examples of unitary, confederal, and federal types of government.
  • Review the definitions and examples with students, asking them to summarize what they have learned.
  • Use the maps and textbook to illustrate the geographic distribution of power in different types of government.

Guided Practice

  • Divide students into small groups and give each group a different type of government to research.
  • Have students use the maps and textbook to identify where power is concentrated in the type of government they are researching.
  • Have each group present their findings to the class and discuss how they think power is distributed in that type of government.

Independent Practice

  • Have students choose one type of government to research in more detail.
  • Have students create a presentation (e.g. PowerPoint or Prezi) or a report on the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of their chosen type of government.
  • Have students share their presentations or reports with the class.


  • Review the key characteristics and advantages and disadvantages of each type of government.
  • Ask students to reflect on what they have learned about the different types of government and how they relate to one another.


  • Assess students' understanding of the material through group presentations, class discussions, and independent written reflections.
  • Use a multiple-choice quiz or a written test to evaluate students' ability to identify and explain the key characteristics and functions of the different types of government.

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