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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

Political Science | Peoples of the Nation and World | Geography | Economics | History | Social Studies Skills and Processes

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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 b. Identify the principles in European historic documents and show their connections to the development of American political ideology such as Magna Carta and English Bill of Rights

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Full text of the English Bill of Rights, from The Internet Modern History Sourcebook, from Fordham University. Outstanding Web site for locating primary documents for various topics and time periods in modern world history
Text of the Magna Charta, from the Internet Medieval History sourcebook, from Fordham University. Companion site to Fordham’s Modern History Web page.
National Archives guide to the Magna Charta. Specifically discusses the document’s influence on American political thought. Also contains link to Archives’ “Featured Document” page on the Magna Charta
Magna Charta translation, from the National Archives
Online curriculum unit on Foundations of Government, from
Resources for Objective 1.A.2.b:
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