Unit I - Foundations of Government
A. What is government and what is its purpose?
B. What are the basic concepts of democracy?
C. What events and ideas led to American independence?
D. What weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation made a lasting government impossible?
E. What compromises enabled the Framers to create the Constitution?
F. What issues aroused the vigorous debate over ratification of the Constitution?
G. What are the components of the Constitution and what are the Bill of Rights and who are they designed to protect?
H. How has the Constitution been amended through the formal amendment process?
A. Students will identify the characteristics and theories of the origins of states, and study the Preamble of the
B. Students will analyze the basic concepts of democracy, and explore the free enterprise system
C. Students will analyze colonial reactions to British policies and examine events leading up to Declaration of Independence
D. Students will assess the Critical Period of the 1780s and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
E. Students will evaluate the major compromises made at the Constitutional Convention
F. Students will analyze primary sources arguing for and against the ratification of the Constitution
G. Students will identify, analyze and evaluate the components of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
H. Students will summarize and compare many of the 27 amendments to the Constitution and how an amendment is proposed and ratified
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