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Social Studies
 
  Grade Level:   8  
  EALR:   1. CIVICS The student understands and applies knowledge of government, law, politics, and the nation's fundamental documents to make decisions about local, national, and international issues and to demonstrate thoughtful, participatory citizenship.  
  Component:   1.2 Understands the purposes, organization, and function of governments, laws, and political systems.  
  Grade Level Expectation:   1.2.1 Understands and analyzes the structure and powers of government at the national level.  
 
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Examples
-Examines Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution and identifies the powers and responsibilities of the House of Representatives and Senate.
-Examines Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution and identifies the powers and responsibilities of the President and his cabinet.
-Examines Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution and identifies the responsibilities and powers of the Supreme Court.
-Examines how the Supreme Court exercised powers outlined in Article 3 of the Constitution when ruling in Cherokee Nation v. Georgia.
-Examines how Congress exercised powers outlined in Article 1 of the Constitution when it passed the Missouri Compromise.
-Examines how President Jefferson used Article 2 of the Constitution to justify his role in the Louisiana Purchase.
Suggested Unit
  • U.S.—Slavery, Expansion, Removal, and Reform (1801—1850)