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A Need for Government Performance
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. Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to identify and categorize natural rights, analyze advantages and disadvantages of living under a government, and trace the development of the theory of government.
Developed by: Donna Paoletti
 
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. This lesson introduces the concept of federalism. Prior to this lesson, students should be aware of the three branches and different levels of the United States political system. The students will examine the Constitution to understand the federal system.
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This lesson was adapted from the Government Curriculum of the Cecil County Public Schools.
 
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. This lesson serves as a review of the structure and powers of the federal government. Students then examine contemporary criticisms about the federal government.
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. In this lesson students will analyze both sides of a contemporary issue (affirmative action). Students will examine affirmative action policies and the positive/negative aspects of affirmative action.
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. This lesson analyzes thirty-second political campaign/issue advocacy advertisements. Students will analyze how interest groups present their viewpoint to the public and will assess how media can influence public opinion.
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. In this lesson students will be introduced to the Case Study Method. The case Marbury v Madison will be the demonstration case. Then students will independently analyze the case McCulloch v Maryland.
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. In this lesson students will analyze legislation on immigration policies. Students will examine United States immigration policies and assess the impact of immigration legislation on United States citizens and on immigrants.
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. This is a lesson on the impact that Franklin Roosevelt's executive order had on Japanese-Americans. Students will examine the government's reaction to the attack on Pearl Harbor and will evaluate the impact of an executive order on the rights of Japanese-American citizens.
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. In this lesson students will interpret the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. Students will then examine four Supreme Court decisions which incorporated the Fourteenth Amendment's due process clause.
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Adapted from: Patrick, John J. The Young Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. Oxford University Press. New York. 1998.
 
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. This lesson can be used an introduction to civil/criminal proceedings. Students will compare the steps of a criminal case and a civil case and will analyze the differences in standards of proof in legal cases.
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2.1.1
. Students will analyze how the United States' political, economic and social goals directly affect our foreign policy.
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. This lesson connects the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the United States Constitution.
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2.2.1
. This lesson focuses on comparing political systems. Students will research the political systems of other nations and will compare the United States' system with other political systems.
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3.1.1
. In this lesson, students will interpret graphs and other demographic data and analyze voter participation patterns and identify the characteristics of people most likely to vote.
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3.1.2
. In this lesson students will examine Maryland's air pollution problem. They will identify federal and state actions to improve air quality and propose further actions needed.
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Information from the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency were used to create this lesson.
 
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. This is a lesson on Maryland's Smart Growth Initiative and how different state regions (counties) might react to this policy.
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This lesson was adapted from materials supplied by the State of Maryland and the Prince George's County Department of Planning.
 
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. This is an introductory lesson on economic systems. The students will determine how basic economic questions are answered in each system.
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. In this lesson students examine socio-economic goals and examples of government actions. They also consider the importance of competing goals.
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4.1.3
. In this lesson students will examine the role of regulatory agencies in response to market failures. Students will identify problems with a pure market economy and explain the roles of selected regulatory agencies.
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. In this lesson, students will learn vocabulary terms related to monetary policies. Students will apply monetary tools to solve economic scenarios.
This lesson was adapted from the Government curriculum of Cecil County Public Schools..