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Presidential and Parliamentary Government: A Research Starters Activity

A great starting point for students writing about British vs. American governments, Scholastic offers all the resources and ideas they need.



6–8, 9–12

Activity Type

  • Activities and Games

Created with Grolier Online, Scholastic’s Presidential and Parliamentary Government: A Research Starters Activity activity helps students writing about this subject find what they need, fast.

In addition to a brief introduction on the differences between Britain’s parliamentary system and America’s government, students will find a glossary of terms to know, and links to more than 20 articles on related subjects, from the Congress of the United States to the Prime Minister of Canada, Judicial Review, Parliament Act, and more.

Plus, Scholastic culled the Web and tracked down 26 helpful, interesting sites related to the presidential and parliamentary governments, including: 


  • 10 Downing Street: The official Web site of the British prime minister offers press releases, official statements, facts about prime ministers past and present, and an opportunity to join an open discussion online.
  • American Presidents: Life Portraits: Companion to C-Span's series on American presidents, with a page on each one offering facts, a portrait, texts, audio files, references, and links.
  • Elections around the World: Hub of information on elections worldwide. Includes index of links to most recent elections, with detailed results, as well as to past elections. Also offers a directory of political parties and national parliaments.


Susan Cheyney

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