American Government



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9th Grade Integrated Social Studies B (ISS B) – “American Government”

Dixie Heights High School



Curriculum Map

UNIT

Time

Primary Sources

The Nature of Government:

  • Purposes of Government

  • Types of Government

  • What is Democracy?

  • Democratic values

1 Week



  • John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  • Magna Carta

Foundations of American Government

2 Weeks



  • Virginia Charter, House of Burgess, Mayflower Compact, The Fundamental Orders, Maryland Toleration Act

  • Declaration of Independence

  • Articles of Confederation

  • Federalist Papers

Federalism

  • The Founders and Federalism

  • National vs. State Power

  • Current Federal- State Relations, States Rights

2 Days



American Political Attitudes and Participation

  • American Political Culture

  • Shaping Political Attitudes

  • Measuring Public Opinion

  • Participating in Government

  • Voting

3 Days



  • Alexis De Tocqueville

  • George Gallup

  • United States Constitution

  • National Voter Registration Act

Connecting with Your Government

  • Political Parties

  • Campaigns and Elections

  • Interest Groups

  • The Media’s Impact

1 Week



  • George Washington 1796 Farewell Address

  • Harper’s Weekly

  • Campaign Finance Reform




Congress: Legislative Branch




1 Week



  • United States Constitution




The Presidency: Executive Branch

  • The Evolution of the President

  • Presidents Cabinet and Others

  • Selection and Succession

  • President’s Powers and Responsibilities

1 Week



  • United States Constitution

  • James Barber

Judicial Branch

  • Creation and Structure of Federal Courts

  • The United States Supreme Court

  • Judges and Justices

  • Judiciary Powers

1 Week



  • United States Constitutuion

  • Marbury v. Madison

  • Judiciary Act of 1789

  • Supreme Court Cases

The Federal Bureaucracy

  • Development and organization of the Bureaucracy

  • Who are the Bureaucrats?

  • Reform

2 Days






Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

  • Citizen Rights and Responsibilities

  • First Amendment Rights

  • Crime and Due Process

  • Citizenship Rights

  • Civil Rights

1 Week



  • Justice Felix Frankfurter

  • United States Constitution

  • Plessy v. Ferguson

  • Brown v. Board of Education




Policy Making

  • Foreign Policy

  • Defense Policy

  • Economic Policy

  • Social and Regulatory Policy

3 Days



  • Truman Doctrine

  • United States Constitution

  • FDR

State and Local Government

  • Democracy at Work

  • Financing State and Local Government

  • Education

2 Days





Comparative Politics and Economics

  • Comparing Governments

  • Comparing Economic Systems

  • Small World

3 Days



  • Communist Manifesto





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