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 Unit Details

Unit Title
Constitution
Unit Number
8USH3
Course
Eighth Grade United States History
Content Area
Social Studies
Description
This unit focuses on the creation of a framework to govern the new nation including early government under the Articles of Confederation, and the conflicts and compromises that led to a new federal framework under the Constitution.
Timeline
4 Week(s)
Enduring Understandings
Understand that the ideas, conflicts, and compromises of our nation influenced the framework of the US Constitution.
Understand that the principles, documents, and historical events on which the Constitution was formed are the foundation of our government today.
Essential Questions
How were the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation resolved through compromises in the writing and ratification of the Constitution?
How does the Constitution reflect major principles and ideals of American democracy?
How does the Bill of Rights help government balance rights and order in the U.S. political system?
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Standard
Standard Component
  
Explain how the relationship between supporting questions and compelling questions is mutually reinforcing.
ECO
  
Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions, taking into consideration multiple points of views represented in the sources.
  
Differentiate among procedures for making decisions in the classroom, school, civil society, and local, state, and national government in terms of how civic purposes are intended.
ECO
  
Assess specific rules and laws (both actual and proposed) as means of addressing public problems.
ECO
  
Explain multiple causes and effects of events and developments in the past.
ECO
  
Use questions generated about individuals and groups to analyze why they, and the developments they shaped, are seen as historically significant.
  
Analyze multiple factors that influenced the perspectives of people during different historical eras.
  
Evaluate the credibility of a source by determining its relevance and intended use.
  
Present adaptations of arguments and explanations on topics of interest to others to reach audiences and venues outside the classroom using print and oral technologies (e.g., posters, essays, letters, debates, speeches, reports, and maps) and digital technologies (e.g., Internet, social media, and digital documentary).
  
  
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Standard Component
  
Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media in a variety of governmental and nongovernmental contexts.
  
Explain specific roles played by citizens (such as voters, jurors, taxpayers, members of the armed forces, petitioners, protesters, and office-holders).
  
Examine the origins, purposes, and impact of constitutions, laws, treaties, and international agreements.
  
Explain the powers and limits of the three branches of government, public officials, and bureaucracies at different levels in the United States and in other countries.
  
 Explain the origins, functions, and structure of government with reference to the U.S. Constitution, state constitutions, and selected other systems of government.
  
Describe the roles of political, civil, and economic organizations in shaping people’s lives.
ECO
  
Analyze ideas and principles contained in the founding documents of the United States, and explain how they influence the social and political system.