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Standard 5.0 History

Topic B. Emergence, Expansion and Changes in Nations and Empires

Indicator 2. Evaluate the importance of Jacksonian Democracy and how it represented a change in the social, political and economic life of the United States

Objective a. Explain how the philosophies and policies of the Jacksonian Era represented a move towards greater democratization

To help students identify and evaluate changes to the political process made during the Jacksonian Era, have students work in pairs to complete a chart with columns labeled “Before Jacksonian Era,” “Change,” “Benefits of Change,” and “Limitations of Change” and rows labeled “Who Can Vote?,” “How are Government Jobs Distributed?,” “Who Chooses Presidential Electors?,” and “How Do Political Parties Choose Presidential Nominees?” After they have finished analyzing various democratic reforms, ask students to write an ECR addressing the following prompt: Explain how the reforms of the Jacksonian Era made the American political process more democratic.

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