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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:   1.2.3 Understands that the U.S. government includes concepts of both a democracy and a republic.  
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-Explains how the U.S. government can be considered a '"constitutional democracy" because the people are the ultimate source of authority.
-Explains how the U.S. government can be considered a "constitutional republic" because its leaders and officials are elected as representatives of the people.
Suggested Unit
  • U.S.—Fighting for Independence and Framing the Constitution (1776—1815)