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In this lesson, students are taught how to make informed analyses of primary documents illustrating the diversity of religious, political, social, and economic motives behind competing perspectives on questions of independence and rebellion. Making use of a variety of primary texts, the activities below help students to "hear" some of the colonial voices that, in the course of time and under the pressure of novel ideas and events, contributed to the American Revolution.
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This lesson plan looks at the major ideas in the Declaration of Independence, their origins, the Americans' key grievances against the King and Parliament, their assertion of sovereignty, and the Declaration's process of revision. Upon completion of the lesson, students will be familiar with the document's origins, and the influences that produced Jefferson's "expression of the American mind."
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In this unit, students will read the philosophical and policy statements of Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, and others to better understand the nature and positions of the first political parties in the United States.
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In this unit, students will examine the roles that key American founders played in creating the Constitution, and the challenges they faced in the process. They will learn why many Americans in the 1780s believed that reforms to the Articles of Confederation were necessary, and the steps taken to authorize the 1787 Convention in Philadelphia. They will become familiar with the main issues that divided delegates at the Convention, particularly the questions of representation in Congress and the office of the presidency. Finally, they will see how a spirit of compromise, in the end, was necessary for the Convention to fulfill its task of improving the American political system.
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U.S. Government and Civics Curriculum: Demonstrates knowledge of how America's constitutional government and Bill of Rights functions to protect the rights of its citizens and to limit the powers of government. Language Arts/Media Literacy Curriculum: Investigates ways to cover historical events and explains the difference in reporting about the past and covering current events. The accompanying video can be found online at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/thenews/theday/.
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Contains lessons related to Foundations of American Government
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Section A: Causes for The Constitution: Early American Influences—Cause and Effects; Centralized Power Struggle; Government—Federal and Local Constitutional Considerations Section B: Essence of The Constitution: Inside the Constitutional Convention; Checks and Balances—Separation of Powers; The Judicial Branch; Honorable Mention—The Supreme Court and The Justices; Judicial Review—Marbury v. Madison 1803; The Executive and Legislative Branches; How Congress Works; Right to Privacy—Fourth Amendment of the Constitution; Section C: The Constitution Today: Causes Then Effects Today; The Bill of Rights, As They Matter Today;
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