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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:   1.2.2 Evaluates the effectiveness of the system of checks and balances in the United States based on an event.  
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-Critiques the effectiveness of checks and balances when President Andrew Jackson ignored the Supreme Court's ruling in Cherokee Nation v. Georgia.
-Critiques the effectiveness of checks and balances when President James Polk took control of Mexican territory without a formal declaration of war.
-Critiques the effectiveness of checks and balances in the Supreme Court case of Marbury v. Madison.
Suggested Unit
  • U.S.—Slavery, Expansion, Removal, and Reform (1801—1850)