AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

COURSE ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:

1.       What are the values of a democratic system and what is the source of these values?

2.       What are the rights and responsibilities of the people in office and the constituents?

3.       How is power distributed in the United States?

4.       What is the purpose of the American government?

5.       How are elected leaders chosen in the United States and what makes them effective?

UNIT ONE: Founding Philosophies

 

UNIT ONE QUESTIONS:

  1. Why were people challenging the current forms of government during the Enlightenment? (1)

  2. Why were the new theories appealing in the colonies? (1,4)

  3. What were the goals of the new government and what were the issues/concerns/fears that motivated them to choose those goals? (3,4,5)

 

UNIT ONE OBJECTIVES:

Locate and Recall:

 

Integrate and Interpret:

 

Critique and Evaluate:

 

UNIT TWO: Article One, the Legislative Branch

 

UNIT TWO QUESTIONS

  1. How is law-making power distributed in Congress? (3, 5)
  2. How do forces outside of Congress influence the law-making process? (1, 2, 3, 5)
  3. How does a bill become a law? (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

 

UNIT TWO OBJECTIVES:

Locate and Recall:

 

Integrate and Interpret:

 

Critique and Evaluate:

 

UNIT THREE: Article Two, the Executive Branch

 

UNIT THREE QUESTIONS

  1. How has the role of the Executive Branch evolved since the writing of the Constitution? (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  2. What makes an effective president? (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

 

UNIT THREE OBJECTIVES

Locate and Recall:

 

Integrate and Interpret:

 

Critique and Evaluate:

 

UNIT FOUR: The Court System

 

UNIT FOUR QUESTIONS

  1. How do the cases argued before the Supreme Court reflect the tension between individual liberties with the common good? (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  2. How has the Courtís evolving interpretation of the Constitution shaped American values? (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  3. How do evolving American values shape the Courtís interpretations of the Constitution? (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

 

UNIT FOUR OBJECTIVES

Locate and Recall:

 

Integrate and Interpret:

 

Critique and Evaluate: