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1 College Preparatory American Government Course Title Course- wide Enduring 1. Distinguish between fact and slander in today s mass media. 2. Discuss the sequence and challenges that led to the creation of the US Constitution and it s structure. 3. Determine the factors that shape the political beliefs and values held by most Americans. 4. Evaluate the role that money plays in politics. 5. Analyze the relationship between the three branches of the government. 6. Identify ways to actively participate in local, state and national government as an Ignatian leader Course- wide Essential Questions 1. How does the media and technology affect government and politics? 2. How did the Bill of Rights evolve and what is the appropriate role the government should play in our everyday lives. 3. What are the factors that attribute to our political ideology and why are some groups more likely to participate or take an interest in government/politics than others? 4. Explain how interest groups, parties and elections use money and power both positively and negatively. 5. Evaluate how effective the three branches are in checking and balancing the power of each other. 6. How can Ignatian leaders put knowledge into action in both the domestic and international realms of society to combat social injustices throughout the world?

2 U1.Enduring 1. That the Articles of Confederation led to the creation of the US Constitution. 2. The structure of the US Constitution. 3. How federalism grants power to state and federal government. 4. The origin and evolution of the Bill of Rights and the appropriateness of government involvement in our everyday lives. 1. Does federalism work? Evaluate the decision- making process that involves local, state and federal governments. 2. Who does the Bill of Rights protect and disenfranchise? 1. How the Articles of Confederation balanced state and federal power. 2. The 6 principles of the US Constitution. 3. Landmark Supreme Court cases and their precedents. 1. Analyze the structure of the US Constitution and evaluate through current events if it is an effective system. 2. Compare and contrast federal and state power. 3. Identify our inalienable rights granted in the US Constitution through examination of Supreme Court cases. 1. Federalism v. States rights debate. 2. Reading quizzes. 3. Current events project/discussion/blog. 4. Jury selection/simulation. 5. Mock trial. 6. Supreme Court case written and oral presentations. 7. Unit exam. 5. How the Equal Protection Clause of the 14 th Amendment applies to discrimination in the workplace and in school admissions.

3 U2. Enduring 1. What constitutes political culture and what are the characteristics of American political culture. 1. What is political culture and specifically explain how American political culture is unique. 1. Define political socialization. 1. List and explain the factors that attribute to one s political attitude and opinion. 1. Political ideology survey. 2. Political ideology debate/issues project. 2. The difference between political attitude and political opinion. 3. The various ways Americans participate in politics and the motivating factors for political involvement. 4. How to decipher issues to decide one s political ideology and place in politics/government. 2. How does the media affect American political culture? 3. Which groups are most likely to participate in politics/government and which groups are the least likely? Why. 4. Which issues are you most passionate about and why? 2. Define political ideology. 3. Decide if issues are liberal or conservative. 2. Begin to identify your own political ideology 3. Video project 4. Current events blog/discussion. 5. Google docs presentation. 6. Reading quizzes. 7. Unit exam.

4 U3. Enduring 1. The ways that interest groups influence elections. 2. How the media portrays unions and union activity. 3. The origin and function of major and minor political parties. 4. How media affects parties and platforms. 5. The general timeline of a Presidential election. 6. The laws and loopholes of campaign funding and financing. 1. In your opinion, are interest groups a vital part of politics? What helped form your opinion? 2. Should a campaign be funded privately, publically or both. Explain. 3. Describe the election process from exploratory committee to choosing cabinet. 4. How does the media directly effect political campaigns. 1. Define interest group and identify major categories and names of influential groups. 2. Define soft and hard money and how money affects the political process. 3. Define key terms in the election process. 1. Evaluate the role of interest groups in politics. 2. Compare and contrast soft and hard money. 3. Decide which step of the election process is most crucial. 4. Discuss why the media is often referred to as the 4 th branch of the government. 1. Major political campaign project. 2. Use current events to connect/highlight major ideas. 2. Reading quizzes. 3. Unit exam.

5 Students will explore: Students will know: Students will be able to: Assessments may include: 1. The ways that interest groups influence elections. 2. How the media portrays unions and union activity. 3. The origin and function of major and minor political parties. 4. How media affects parties and platforms. 5. The general timeline of a Presidential election. 6. The laws and loopholes of campaign funding and financing. 1. In your opinion, are interest groups a vital part of politics? What helped form your opinion? 2. Should a campaign be funded privately, publically or both. Explain. 3. Describe the election process from exploratory committee to choosing cabinet. 4. How does the media directly effect political campaigns. 1. Define interest group and identify major categories and names of influential groups. 2. Define soft and hard money and how money affects the political process. 3. Define key terms in the election process. 1. Evaluate the role of interest groups in politics. 2. Compare and contrast soft and hard money. 3. Decide which step of the election process is most crucial. 4. Discuss why the media is often referred to as the 4 th branch of the government. 1. Major political campaign project. 2. Use current events to connect/highlight major ideas. 2. Reading quizzes. 3. Unit exam.

6 U5. Enduring 1. Who makes economic policies in the US. 2. How the federal budget is decided and how it often creates a contentious process involving the executive and legislative branches. 3. Who is involved in making foreign policy. 3. What are some struggles amongst foreign policy makers. 1. The politics behind policymaking and the influence of the media. 2. How political parties differ on policies. 3. What policies contributed to the recent economic crisis. 4. How the federal government responded to the economic crisis. 1. Identify some of the major social and economic inequalities in the US. 2. Describe how interest groups influence policymaking. 3. Define/Significance: welfare, Social Security, No Child Left Behind, Medicare v. Medicaid, Domestic v. Foreign Policy 1. Create a current event timeline that shows what led to the current economic crisis. 2. Identify ways their lives and the lives of their families have been affected. 3. Compare and contrast how domestic and foreign policy is created and contested. 4. Argue for or against the importance of certain policies. 1. Reading quizzes. 2. Unit Exam 3. Class debate on effectiveness of policies. 4. Blog on current events. 5. Journal/personal reflection/blog on how the economic crises personally affected them or a certain group of their choice. 5. Analyze how the federal government responded to the current economic crisis.

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