Warm-Up
10-25-10
CRCT Questions
1.The leader of a parliamentary system is chosen by
a. The monarch or king
b. A popular vote of the people
c. A decision by the national court
d. The political party with the most representatives
in the legislature
2. The Head of the State in a parliamentary system is
often a person who has:
a. No actual power
b. A veto for laws passed by the legislature
c. The most power in the national government
d. A ceremonial role without much actual power
Standard
• SS7CG5: The student will explain the structures of
the national governments of Southwest Asia (Middle
East).
• Compare the parliamentary democracy of the State of
Israel, the monarchy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
and the theocracy of the Islamic Republic of Iran,
distinguishing the form of leadership, and the role of
the citizen in terms of voting rights and personal
freedoms.
Essential Question
• How do autocratic, oligarchic, and
democratic governments determine citizen
participation?
• How do the unitary, confederation and
federal government systems distribute
power?
Israel - Type of Leader
• Parliamentary Democracy.
• The president is head of state
and serves in a primarily
ceremonial role (Shimon Peres).
• The prime minister is the head of
government (Benjamin
Netanyahu).
Israel – Becoming the leader
• President is elected
by the Knesset
(Parliament).
• After election,
President nominates
member of the
Knesset to become
the Prime Minister
(following a vote of
confidence from the
Knesset).
Israel – Role of Citizen
• Citizens over 18 can vote for members of the
unicameral legislature called the Knesset.
Israel – Personal Freedoms
• Freedom of Speech – Yes
• Freedom of the Press - Yes
Checking for Understanding
Circle the correct answer
A. Israel is a parliamentary
democracy.
B. President is elected by the
Knesset (parliament).
True or False
True or False
Saudi Arabia – Type of Leader
• Islamic Absolute
Monarchy.
• King Abdullah bin
Abdul Aziz Al Saud is
the is the current King
of Saudi Arabia and
Head of the House of
Saud.
Saudi Arabia – Becoming the
Leader
• The right of succession is
hereditary (passed down
through the family).
• A newly established council
selects a successor among the
crown princes of the Saudi
royal family.
• The King’s power is limited by
Islamic law and he must build
consensus among religious
leaders and other influential
Saudis.
Saudi Arabia – Role of Citizen
• The role of the citizen
in Saudi Arabia is to
obey the King.
Saudi Arabia – Personal Freedoms
• Freedom of Speech – No
• Freedom of the Press - No
• There are no voting rights or official political parties in this country.
Checking for Understanding
Circle the correct answer
1.The right of succession is
hereditary (passed down
through the family).
2. The role of the citizen in Saudi
Arabia is to obey the King.
True or False
True or False
Iran – Type of Leader
• Iran is a theocratic republic
with a presidential system.
• The government of Iran is
based on Islamic law.
• The Supreme Leader of Iran,
who is a religious leader, is
chief of state and has final say
on all matters.
• The Supreme Leader is
commander-in-chief of the
armed forces.
Iran – Becoming the Leader
• The Supreme Leader is
selected by the Council of
Experts.
• The Council of Experts,
as well as the legislature
and president, are
elected by popular vote.
• While the president is
head of government, he
may be removed by the
Supreme Leader at any
time.
Iran – Role of Citizen
• There is universal suffrage (voting) for everyone
over 18.
• The role of the citizen in Iran is to obey the
Supreme Leader.
Iran – Personal Freedoms
• Freedom of Speech – No
• Freedom of the Press - No
Checking for Understanding
Circle the correct answer
1. Iran is a theocratic republic with 2. The Supreme Leader is selected
a presidential system.
by the Council of Experts.
True or False
True or False
Closing
Round Robin- Students will be asked a question about
today’s lesson. The student who answers the question
will then compose the next question and call upon
another classmate to answer his/her question. This will
continue until all important information has been
summarized.
( 10 mins)