Unit 1 Learning Targets, Essential Questions, Vocabulary and Assessments

Essential Questions:

  • How much power should the government of a sovereign state have over individuals and governmental entities within that state?
  •  Should the majority always rule?
  • Is the Founders’ fear of government as valid today as it was in the 1700s? 
  • Does the U.S. Constitution effectively address the concerns in the following quote?

            From the nature of man, we may be sure that those who have    power in their hands… will always, when they can… increase it

                                          George Mason, 1787

Learning Target(s) Vocabulary in Blue

Students will be able to…

  • Explain the four characteristics of a state
  • Describe the four ways states are created
  • Analyze the six basic principles of government as stated in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Describe the basic functions of the three branches of government
  • Compare and contrast the Articles of Confederation and Constitution
  • Explain how the amendment process reflects both popular sovereignty and Federalism
  • Identify Constitutional powers held exclusively by National and state governments and the powers they share.
  • Read and analyze important original source documents