9 Weeks: Beginnings & creation of Constitution, Amendments Expert Getting it Rookie



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Mr. Conn’s American Government

Learning Target Progress



*1st 9 Weeks: Beginnings & creation of Constitution, Amendments




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Topic: Credible Sources- identifying bias, types of bias

  1. I can distinguish between credible and non-credible sources of information

  2. I can identify the advantages and disadvantages of using different sources of

information, including public records, independent research studies, survey

and polling data, interest group websites/publications, social media, and

various opinion-based information (such as op-ed columns and blogs) for specific research purposes.
Topic: Origins of American Government- Rev. War, Articles of confederation


  1. I can describe why the Articles of Confederation was weak and we needed

to revise it

  1. I can describe/give examples of basic government principles; popular sovereignty,

limited government, federalism, separation of powers, and checks and balances.

  1. I can differentiate between the Federalists and Antifederalists


Topic: United States Constitution- Outline, Articles, ratification

  1. I can identify the 10 Bill of Right Amendments and explain their significance

to the founding fathers

  1. I can describe the process for amending the U.S. Constitution and how

many times it has been done before.

  1. I can describe ways the meaning of the Constitution has changed through

legislation, executive actions, court cases, and informal practices.
Topic: U.S. Constitutional Amendments- 27, breakdown of groups

  1. I can identify arguments for the Bill of Rights that resulted from the national

debate over the ratification of the Constitution.

  1. I can analyze the role of Federalists & Antifederalists in the creation of the

Bill of Rights.

  1. I can summarize and evaluate how the 13th-15th amendments addressed the

aftermath of slavery- These are the Reconstruction Amendments (13-15).

  1. I can summarize and evaluate how the 16th-19th amendments addressed the

calls for reform during the Progressive Era- These are the

Progressive Era Amendments (16-19).



  1. I can describe and evaluate changes in voting throughout American history, current

voting qualifications and procedures, and the struggles of disenfranchised groups

in history to win the right to vote by citing evidence.



  1. I can explain & evaluate the historical circumstances surrounding the adoption

of amendments, 12, 20, 22, 23, 25 pertaining to presidential election, terms,

succession by citing evidence.



  1. I can describe & evaluate the unique circumstances surrounding the adoption

of the 11th, 21st, & 27th amendments by citing evidence.


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*2nd 9 Weeks: Three Branches of Government
Topic: Legislative Branch- Congress= House + Senate, Makes laws

  1. I can explain the basic role of each branch of government

(legislative, executive, and judicial) in shaping public policy and how political

forces influence them. Legislative branch…



  1. I can compare and contrast the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate

in terms of each of the following: basic purpose, purpose of the bi-cameral

legislation, size (# of members), basis of representation for each state,

qualifications of the representatives in each house, terms of office,

method of election (originally and current), and unique powers.



  1. I can outline the steps by which a bill becomes a law including any differences

between the House and Senate.
Topic: Executive Branch- President, VP, Cabinet & Bureaucracy, Enforces Laws

  1. I can explain the basic role of each branch of government

(legislative, executive, and judicial) in shaping public policy and how political forces

influence them. Executive Branch…



  1. I can identify the Constitutional requirements of the Presidency including the

method of election and qualifications for holding office.

  1. I can identify & explain each of the constitutional powers of the President as

laid out in Article II of the United States Constitution.
Topic: Judicial Branch- Supreme Court, 9 Justices, Federal & State Courts, Interprets Laws

  1. I can explain the basic role of each branch of government

(legislative, executive, and judicial) in shaping public policy and how political forces

influence them. Judicial Branch…



  1. I can identify the Constitutional requirements of the Supreme Court Justices

including the method of election and qualifications for holding office.

  1. I can describe the role of the Supreme Court and the Federal Court system

in interpreting the law
Topic: Checks & Balances

  1. I can identify & explain the different ways in which each branch can stop the

Other two from abusing power.


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*3rd 9 Weeks: Civil Liberties & Rights
Topic: Civil Liberties- Freedoms promised to all U.S. Citizens through Constitution

  1. I can describe & give examples of basic principles which help define the

government of the United States including, but not limited to, popular sovereignty,

limited government, and federalism, separation of powers, and checks and balances.



  1. I can differentiate between the arguments of the Federalists and Antifederalists in

the debate over the ratification of the Constitution, particularly regarding the issue

of individual rights, and note how the ratification was resolved.



  1. I can describe the significance of rights pertaining to participation in the political

process- speech, press, assembly, petition, suffrage, and holding of public office.
Topic: Civil Rights- Ensuring Civil Liberties are granted equally to all citizens

  1. I can summarize & evaluate how the 13th-15th amendments addressed the

aftermath of slavery and the Civil War

  1. I can describe & evaluate changes in voting through American history, current

Voting qualifications and procedures, and the struggles of disenfranchised

groups in history to win the right to vote by citing evidence.



  1. I can identify an issue related to the denial of civil rights to a particular minority

group and explain how at least one branch of the federal government helped to

extend civil rights or opportunities for participation to that group of people.


Topic: Elections & Civic Participation

  1. I can define what a political party is and explain its functions.

  2. I can identify & describe the characteristics of the various points on the political

spectrum: radical (extreme left), liberal (left), conservative (right),

reactionary (extreme right), as well as libertarian and authoritarian/populist ideas.



  1. I can describe major strategies used by campaigns to motivate voters to support

their cause or candidate, including identification of likely voters and methods

of reading “persuadables.”



  1. I can take different positions on public policy issues and determine an approach

for providing effective input to the appropriate level and branch (agency)

of the government.




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*4th 9 Weeks : Political Processes, state/local governments, economy
Topic: Political Process- interest groups, polls, media

  1. I can define interest groups, mass media, polls, and describe their role in

influencing the outcome of elections and shaping public policy.

  1. I can devise and implement a plan to address a societal problem by engaging

either the political process or the public policy process.

  1. I can distinguish between credible and non-credible sources of information.

  2. I can identify the advantages and disadvantages of using different sources of

information, including public records, independent research studies, survey and

polling data, interest group websites/publications, social media, and various

opinion-based information (such as op-ed columns and blogs) for specific research purposes.


  1. I can utilize persuasion, compromise, consensus building, and/or negotiation

Skills to resolve conflict on a public policy issue.
Topic: Federalism- Federal, state, local governments sharing power & responsibilities

  1. I can provide examples of how the 1851 Ohio Constitution addressed

difficulties in governing Ohio at that time.

  1. I can compare and contrast the structure of Ohio’s government with

the federal government

  1. I can identify and explain roles that Ohio’s citizens can play in helping

state and local government address problems facing their communities

  1. I can analyze a public policy issue in terms of collaboration or conflict among

the levels of government involved and the branches of government involved.

  1. I can take different positions on public policy issues and determine an approach

for providing effective input to the appropriate level and branch (agency)

of the government.


Topic: Economics- fiscal and monetary policy, Federal Reserve

  1. I can explain how the federal government uses spending and tax (fiscal)

policy to effect changes in the Nation’s economic conditions

  1. I can explain how the Federal Reserve System uses monetary tools to regulate

the Nation’s money supply and moderate the effects of expansion and

contraction in the economy.


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