There will be pre and post tests on learning essentials and vocabulary.
Unit 1 – Foundations of American Government
1.2.1 Identify, distinguish among, and provide examples of different forms of governmental structures.
2.1.1 Explain the historical and philosophical origins of American constitutional government and evaluate the inﬂuence of ideas found in the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, Mayﬂower Compact, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation
2.1.2 Explain the signiﬁcance of the major debates and compromises underlying the formation and ratification of American constitutional government including the Virginia and New Jersey plans, the Great Compromise and the promise for a bill of rights after ratiﬁcation.
2.1.3 Explain how the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights political principles of popular sovereignty, rule of law, checks and balances, separation of powers, social compact, natural rights, individual rights, separation of church and state, republicanism and federalism.
Unit 3 – Legislative Branch
3.1.1 Analyze the purposes, organization, functions, and processes of the legislative branch as enumerated in Article I of the Constitution.
Unit 4 – Executive Branch
3.1.2 Analyze the purposes, organization, functions, and processes of the executive branch as enumerated in Article II of the Constitution.
Unit 5 – Judicial Branch
3.1.3 Analyze the purposes, organization, functions, and processes of the judicial branch as enumerated in Article III of the Constitution.
Unit 2 – Political Behavior: Government By The People
5.3.2 Identify and explain political rights (e.g., freedom of speech, press, assembly, and petition; and the right to vote and run for public ofﬁce).
In Addition: Being an informed citizen is essential to the democratic process. Be prepared for short quizzes directly related to the student news.