Center for the Study of the American Constitution – Lesson Plans
Center for the Study of the American Constitution – Document of the Month
Civil Rights and Ethnic Education Resources
Standard 1: The Nature of Politics and Government
Students identify, define, compare and contrast ideas regarding the nature of government, politics and civic life, and explain how these ideas have influenced contemporary political and legal systems. Students also explain the importance of government, politics and civic engagement in a democratic republic, and demonstrate how citizens participate in civic and political life in their own communities.
USG.1.1Define civic life, political life, and private life and describe the activities of individuals in each of these spheres. (Individuals, Society and Culture)
What are examples of civic, political, and private life in American society?
USG.1.2 Define the terms and explain the relationship between politics, government, and public policy. (Economics)
What is the meaning of citizenship, politics and government?
USG.1.3 Interpret the purposes and functions of government found in the Preamble of the United States Constitution. (Economics)
The Preamble to the Constitution: How Do You Make a More Perfect Union (Edsitement)
Two versions of the Preamble to the Constitution, 1787 (Gilder Lehrman; free registration)
The Evolution of the US Constitution: The Preambles to the Articles of confederation and the US Constitution