Unit #1 Daily Lessons (Subject to change)
Monday, Aug. 22
Tuesday, Aug. 23
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Wednesday, Aug. 24
Thursday, Aug. 25
Friday, Aug. 26
Monday, Aug. 29
Tuesday, Aug. 30
Wednesday, Aug. 31
Thursday, Sept. 1
Friday, Sept. 2
**Note: Any assignments NOT completed in class will be considered HOMEWORK**
**Note: Any assignments NOT completed in class will be considered HOMEWORK**
Daily Activities
Monday, Sept. 5
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Wednesday, Sept. 7
Unit Objectives
Unit Objectives
G.1 History. The student understands how constitutional government, as developed in America and expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of
   Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution, has been influenced by ideas, people, and historical documents. The student is expected to:
    G.1A Explain major political ideas in history, including the laws of nature and nature's God, unalienable rights, divine right of kings, social contract theory, and
             the rights of resistance to illegitimate government.
    G.1B Identify major intellectual, philosophical, political, and religious traditions that informed the American founding, including Judeo-Christian
             (especially biblical law), English common law and constitutionalism, Enlightenment, and republicanism, as they address issues of liberty, rights, and
             responsibilities of individuals.
    G.1C Identify the individuals whose principles of laws and government institutions informed the American founding documents, including those of Moses,
             William Blackstone, John Locke, and Charles de Montesquieu.
    G.1D Identify the contributions of the political philosophies of the Founding Fathers, including John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson,
             James Madison, John Jay, George Mason, Roger Sherman, and James Wilson, on the development of the U.S. government.
    G.1E Examine debates and compromises that impacted the creation of the founding documents.
    G.1F Identify significant individuals in the field of government and politics, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, Andrew Jackson,
             Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan.
G.7 Government. The student understands the American beliefs and principles reflected in the U.S. Constitution and why these are significant.
           The student is expected to:
    G.7A Explain the importance of a written constitution.
    G.7B Evaluate how the federal government serves the purposes set forth in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
    G.7C Analyze how the Federalist Papers such as Number 10, Number 39, and Number 51 explain the principles of the American constitutional system of government.
    G.7D Evaluate constitutional provisions for limiting the role of government, including republicanism, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers,
             popular sovereignty, and individual rights.
    G.7E Describe the constitutionally-prescribed procedures by which the U.S. Constitution can be changed and analyze the role of the amendment process in a
             constitutional government.
    G.7F Identify how the American beliefs and principles reflected in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution contribute to both a national
             identity and federal identity and are embodied in the United States today.
    G.7G Examine the reasons the Founding Fathers protected religious freedom in America and guaranteed its free exercise by saying that "Congress shall make no law
             respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," and compare and contrast this to the phrase, "separation of church and state."
G.8 Government. The student understands the structure and functions of the government created by the U.S. Constitution. The student is expected to:
    G.8E Explain how certain provisions of the U.S. Constitution provide for checks and balances among the three branches of government.
G.9 Government. The student understands the concept of federalism. The student is expected to:
    G.9A Explain why the Founding Fathers created a distinctly new form of federalism and adopted a federal system of government instead of a unitary system.
    G.9B Categorize government powers as national, state, or shared.
    G.9C Analyze historical and contemporary conflicts over the respective roles of national and state governments.
    G.9D Understand the limits on the national and state government in the U.S. Federal system.
G.12 Government. The student understands the similarities and differences that exist among the U.S. system of government and other political systems.
             The student is expected to:
    G.12A Compare the U.S. constitutional republic to historical and contemporary forms of government such as monarchy, a classical republic, authoritarian,
               socialist, direct democracy, theocracy, tribal, and other republics.
    G.12B Analyze advantages and disadvantages of federal, confederate, and unitary systems of government.
    G.12C Analyze advantages and disadvantages of presidential and parliamentary systems of government.
G.13 Citizenship. The student understands rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The student is expected to:
    G.13A Understand the roles of limited government and the rule of law to the protection of individual rights.
    G.13B Identify and define the unalienable rights.
    G.13C Identify the freedoms and rights guaranteed by each amendment in the Bill of Rights.
G.16 Citizenship. The student understands the importance of the expressions of different points of view in a constitutional republic. The student is expected to:
    G.16B Analyze the importance of the First Amendment rights of petition, assembly, free speech and press, and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
What is Government?
Articles of Confederation
Limited Government
and the Rule of Law
Systems of Government
Ratifying the Constitution
The Constitutional Convention
Constitutional Principles
Checks and Balances
Preview Class Rules and Expectations
Chapter 1 Review
Chapter 4 Review
Chapter 3 Review
Chapter 2 Review
"A More Perfect Union"
"A More Perfect Union"
Articles of Confederation
Systems of Government
The Constitutional Convention
The Basics of
American Government
Goals of the Constitution
Making Connections
Ratifying the Constitution
Founding a New Republic Group
Discussion and Presentation
Group Presentation
Unit #1 will introduce students to the United States Constitution.  They
will study the Articles of Confederation and its shortcomings.  The class
will investigate the process of writing a constitution and creating a new
government.  Students will learn about the founding fathers and try to
determine who might fill that role today.  They will examine the process
of creating and ratifying the U.S. Constitution.  The class will learn about
the role of limited government and the rule of law in the United States.
"A More Perfect Union"
Video Qs
Homework, Enrichment, and Alternate Assignments
Chapter 25 Review
Video Qs
Video Qs
Syllabus & Expectations
Read: Chapter 1
Foundations of Gov't
Read: Chapter 4
Read: Chapter 3
The Constitution
Read: Chapter 2
Origins of American Gov't
Read: Chapter 24
Systems of Gov't