Unit One: Foundations of American Government p. 5This first unit contains overarching themes including factors underlying the formation of the United States of America and its system of government. Domestic and foreign influences were catalysts in the foundation of our political system.Unit one identifies important vectors in the beginnings of American culture and society.
-Section A: Becoming America p. 6oFour Primary Sources—Underpinnings of the Declaration of Independencep. 6oJustice in America p. 8-Section B: Declaring Independence p. 12oThe Need for Government—A Cinematic and Literary Perspective p. 12oThe Need for Laws p. 15oThe Need for Authority p. 17oDeciphering the Declaration of Independence p. 21-Section C: Many Voices, One Government p. 23oVarying Viewpoints—Religion and Loyalists p. 22oVarying Viewpoints—Rebels and Minorities p. 25-Section D:The New, American Government p. 27oRome vs. Athens—Comparing and Contrasting a Democratic and Republic System of Government p. 27oInterviews with The Fathers p. 30oA Republican Government p. 31Unit Two: The Constitution of the United States p. 33Unit two focuses on the United States Constitution as the essential document for the founding of the United States of America as a new nation. Several key ideas and documents that influenced the creation of the Constitution are spanned, as well as an in-depth examination of the Articles as they relate to government and citizens rights and responsibilities, and the continuing effect of the Constitution on contemporary issues.-Section A: Causes for The Constitutionp. 34oEarly American Influences—Cause and Effects p. 34 oCentralized Power Struggle p. 37oGovernment—Federal and Local Constitutional Considerations p. 41-Section B: Essence of The Constitutionp. 43oInside the Constitutional Convention p. 43oChecks and Balances—Separation of Powers p. 45oThe Judicial Branch p. 47oHonorable Mention—The Supreme Court and The Justices p. 49oJudicial Review—Marbury v. Madison1803 p. 50 oThe Executive and Legislative Branches p. 55oHow Congress Works p. 57oRight to Privacy—Fourth Amendment of the Constitution p. 58-Section C: The Constitution Today p. 60oCauses Then Effects Today p. 60oThe Bill of Rights, As They Matter Today p. 62Unit Three: Government—At All Levels p. 64Examined at the core of unit three are the structure and functionality of the United States government at the local, state, and federal levels. The lessons within are designed to challenge students to recognize cross-governmental similarities and differences, and apply such an understanding to events that significantly impact students’ lives.-Section A: Local Government p. 65oYour Local Government—The Basics p. 65oFunding and The Local Government p. 68-Section B: State Government p. 70oBills to Laws, Local To State p. 70oMaking a Representative Government Work For You p. 71oHurricane Katrina—A Local and State Government Conundrum p. 74-Section C: Federal Government p. 76oRight Person, Right Position p. 76oDemocracy, Voting, and the Issues That Matter To You p. 80oGetting the Vote Out p. 82-Section D: Government At All Levels p. 84oThe Electoral College—Effective or Defective p. 84oRaising Money for Government Services p. 85oGovernment At All Levels p. 87Unit Four: Government—A Global Perspective p. 89The fourth and final unit moves outside of the borders of the United States and considers the impact of the United States system of government on a global scale.The lessons have been designed to engage students with the pertinent issues of world politics, international trade relations, and foreign affairs policies.-Section A: The United Nations p. 90
oThe United Nations—Global Governance p. 90oThe United Nations and The Common Good p. 92oThe Symbolic United Nations p. 94-Section B: Trading, Foreign Affairs, and Security p. 95oUnited States Government and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) p. 95oThe Role of Embassies p. 97oNational Security vs. Your Privacy: The War on Terror and The Constitutionality of the Patriot Act p. 100