American Government
    Mr. Blackburn 
    The Nature of Politics, Power and Government- Ch 1

    I can analyze the relationship between power and authority.

    •I can describe the purpose and role of government.

    •I can explain how political behavior is a natural function of society.

    •I can evaluate differing assumptions held by people across time and place regarding power and authority.



    Comparing forms of Government- Ch 2

    • I can analyze the origins and development of governments over time and classify various political systems.

    • I can analyze the advantages and disadvantages of various political systems and compare the ways in which power is distributed in systems of shared power.

    • I can compare and contrast constitutional democracies with authoritarian regimes; presidential and parliamentary governments; and federal, confederal, and unitary systems of government.

    • I can classify and evaluate various economic systems and identify the role of government in each.



    The Roots of American Democracy- Ch 3

    • I can evaluate the historical ideas and political philosophies that shaped the development of the U.S. government.

    • I can summarize key political principles expressed in the foundational documents of the United States.

    • I can examine the debates and events that led to the writing and ratification of the Constitution.

    I can analyze the ideas expressed in the Constitution from the perspective of a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.


    The United States Constitution- Ch 4

    I can examine the fundamental governing principles on which the Constitution is based and how those principles are embodied in the document.

    I can analyze how the Constitution establishes a limited government in which powers are distributed among different levels and branches.

    I can summarize how the various elements of the Constitution exemplify efforts by the framers to divide power.

    I can propose and defend amendments to the Constitution.


    The Bill of Rights and Civil Liberties- Ch 5

    I can examine the Bill of Rights and Supreme Court decisions and explain the

      evolution of the first 10 amendments.

    I can discuss the meaning and significance of each right secured by the Bill of Rights.

    I can debate landmark Supreme Court cases to explore what happens when rights conflict.

    I can evaluate a current situation involving a conflict of rights to determine what they believe is constitutional and fair.



    Federalism- Ch 6

    • I can identify the benefits and drawbacks of the federal system.

    • I can analyze historical and current challenges to defining national and state powers.

    • I can summarize the roles and responsibilities of national, state, and local governments.

    • I can demonstrate how to use the federal system to create change in a public issue.


    U.S. Citizenship and the Rights and
    Responsibilities of U.S. Citizens- Ch 7


    • I can analyze methods of bringing about political change or maintaining the

      status quo.

    • I can identify forms of civic participation.

    I can develop a plan to address a local, national, or international problem.


    Political Campaigns and Elections- Ch 8

    I can analyze the roots of political parties and the role parties play in the political process and public policy development.

    • I can identify the organization of political parties, including third parties, and Evaluate how participation in parties affects the government.

    • I can analyze the platforms of political candidates and parties.

    • I can evaluate the significance of interest groups in terms of their goals, methods, and influence on government and public policy.


    Mass Media and Public Opinion- Ch 9

    • I can analyze the role of the media in shaping public opinion.

    • I can evaluate the extent to which the media act as a free press.

    • I can analyze the influence of media coverage, political advertising, and public opinion polls on local, state, and national elections.

    I can identify persuasive techniques and their application in U.S. campaigns.

    I can write position statements about the influence of political advertising on voters.


    Political Campaigns and Elections- Ch 10

    I can identify ways in which voting rights in the United States have expanded over time and identify the current qualifications for voting.

    I can analyze the process for nominating candidates at all levels of government.

    • I can plan for and participate in a debate of current political issues.

    • I can identify how elections are funded and how funding is regulated.

    • I can analyze party identification and voter behavior in the United States.



    Lawmakers and Legislatures- Ch 11

    I can analyze the formal and informal qualifications for members of Congress.

    I can identify the enumerated powers of the legislative branch and the checks provided by the Constitution to that branch on the other branches of government.

    I can compare the organization of the legislative branch at the national and state levels.

    I can analyze graphs, tables, diagrams, and political cartoons to understand the responsibilities and challenges of being a legislator


     Congressional Lawmaking- Ch 12

    I can explain the formal process of how a bill travels through Congress, including the role of committees.

    I can identify other factors that influence the lawmaking process.

    I can practice their persuasive speech and debate skills.


    Chief Executives and Bureaucracies- Ch 13

    • I can compare the formal and informal qualifications of national, state, and local chief executives.

    I can identify the responsibilities and roles of the modern president and the ways in which presidential power has increased over time.

    I can explain the organization and functions of the executive branch.

    I can describe the role and impact of government bureaucracies.

    I can evaluate the current president based on performance in various presidential roles.


    The Federal Budget- Ch 14

    I can examine the historical and modern roles of the president and the executive branch in the budget process.

    I can analyze the responsibilities and budgets of selected departments in the federal bureaucracy.

    I can compare the ways in which the national, state, and local governments raise revenue and make expenditures.

    I can defend a position on how well the federal government budgets and spends tax dollars.


    Courts, Judges and the Law- Ch 15

    I can identify the organization and jurisdiction of federal, state, and local courts and the interrelationships among the various types of courts.

    I can determine the role that judges play in the court system and describe the way they are appointed.

    I can explain the structure, function, and process of the Supreme Court.

    I can state and support an opinion on how effective the U.S. judicial system is in ensuring justice for all.


    The Criminal Justice System- Ch 16

    • I can identify the constitutional rights of individuals in the criminal justice system.

    • I can describe what happens during each stage of the criminal justice process.

    • I can explain how an individual’s due process rights uphold the principles of

      limited government and judicial review.

    • I can analyze whether a defendant was afforded due process in the criminal

      justice system.


    Creating American and Foreign Policy- Ch 17

    •I can identify and give examples of U.S. foreign policy goals.

    I can identify the tools used to carry out U.S. foreign policy.

    I can describe the powers that the U.S. Constitution gives the president and Congress in the area of foreign affairs.

    I can analyze U.S. involvement in a current foreign policy event as reported in a news article.


    Confronting Global Issues- Ch 18

    I can identify the purposes and functions of various types of international


    I can contrast the strengths and limitations of international organizations.

    I can debate a global issue from the perspective of a specific country.

    I can evaluate the goals and work of an international organization.

Last Modified on December 10, 2013