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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

Curriculum

Social Studies - Gov. and Law 1

 

Foundations of Democracy

 

The learner will be able to understand the process of the development of the basic rights of individuals.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the importance of the Magna Carta in the establishment of citizen's rights.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to appreciate the development of the concept of a democratic republic over history.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to recall the particular events leading to the separation of the colonial government from England, and the establishment of the American republic.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the sources and major concepts contained in the Declaration of Independence.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to relate the development of the American confederation government and compare and contrast this form of government with the federal system.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand how the Preamble to the Constitution sets forth the source and purposes of the new government.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the structure and functions of the legislative branch of government defined in Article One of the Constitution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the structure and functions of the executive branch of government defined in Article Two of the Constitution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the structure and functions of the judicial branch of government defined in Article Three of the Constitution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the importance of the "supremacy clause" of the Constitution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to list and explain the major amendments to the Constitution including the Bill of Rights.

 

  

 

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Congress, the Legislative Branch

 

The learner will be able to explain the bicameral legislative system utilized in the American federal government.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the enumerated and implied powers of Congress.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to delineate the exclusive powers of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the leadership selection process and structure in the Congress.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of how a bill becomes a law.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to list some of the factors which help shape the legislation process, including the committee process, lobbying, and citizen input.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the power areas of Congress.

 

  

 

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President, Executive Branch

 

The learner will be able to explain the process of presidential selection based upon the written and unwritten qualifications of the candidates.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to list and explain the various roles of the President of the United States.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the functions of the Presidential Cabinet.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the interaction between the President and Congress.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the process of checks and balances as it applies to the president.

 

  

 

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Supreme Court, The Judicial Branch

 

The learner will be able to explain the function and structure of the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the appeal process in the Federal court system.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the interpretation of basic legal issues involving fifth, sixth, and fourteenth amendment issues.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand and use the legal citation system to prepare a position statement relative to a particular constitutional issue.

 

  

 

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Crimes and Punishment

 

The learner will be able to explain the theories of punishment utilized in the American justice system.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to define and explain the major felonies.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to debate the arguments for and against the death penalty.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to recognize the charges which should be brought against an accused person based upon recognition of a set of criteria within a paragraph description.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the sentencing process.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the difference between parole and probation and the various rules applied to each.

 

  

 

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Criminal Procedure

 

The learner will be able to explain the process of criminal procedure from crime and arrest through the conclusion of the judicial process.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze and explain the importance of the Gideon, Escobedo, and Miranda cases.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the concept of a "fair trial" and give examples of appropriate cases to represent the basic guarantees.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the nature of the search process including with and without warrants, stop and frisk, and wiretapping and bugging.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to participate in a criminal mock trial to role play the procedure discussed in the unit.

 

  

 

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Corrections and Crime Prevention

 

The learner will be able to perform a survey of the crime susceptibility of their homes and lifestyles.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze and evaluate a variety of proposals to reduce the incidence of crime.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain and analyze the system of corrections presently employed in the United States.

 

  

 

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