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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic A. The Foundations and Function of Government

Indicator 2. Analyze the impact of historic documents and practices that became the foundations of the American political system during the early national period

Objective a. Evaluate the power and authority of the government on individuals

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https://dnet01.ode.state.oh.us/ims.itemdetails/lessondetail.aspx?id=0907f84c8053181b-
“Power and Authority” lesson plan, from the Ohio Department of Education. Lesson designed for third grade, but can easily be adapted for older students. Lesson provides students with opportunity to process difference between power and authority at an individual level. Can be used to help students acquire pre-requisite information for this objective.
http://www.sscde.org/lessons/files/C_K3_LES_AuthorityversusPower.pdf
Additional elementary-level “Power vs. Authority” lesson plan that can be easily adapted. Can be used to help students acquire pre-requisite information for this objective. Lesson written by the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware.
http://www.civiced.org/index.php?page=fod_ms_auth02_sb
“Why Do We Need Authority?” lesson plan, from the Center for Civic Education. Provides students with an overall primer on the purpose of government.
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Resources for Objective 1.A.2.a:
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