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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 d. Describe the significance of principles in the development of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Preamble, U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights

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“The Charters of Freedom” Web site at the National Archives. Extensive guide to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Contains scholarly essays, hi-resolution images of the documents, profiles of the Founders, and more. Also features information about the founding and historical impact of each document.
“Our” guide to the Declaration of Independence
Library of Congress’s “Teaching with Documents” guide to the Declaration. Comprehensive guide to the history of this document.
Library of Congress’s “Primary Documents in U.S. history” guide to the Articles. Comprehensive guide to the history of this document.
“Our” guide to the Articles of Confederation
“Our” guide to the Constitution
National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution
Annotated Constitution, from Cornell Law School.
Home page of the Bill of Rights Institute
“Our” guide to the Federalist 10 and Federalist 51
“Our” guide to the Bill of Rights
Interactive “Bill of Rights Game,” from the National Constitution Center
Online curricular unit on the Constitution, from
Interactive Constitution and Bill of Rights games, from Site also features thematic games on separation of powers, the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch
Resources for Objective 1.A.2.d:
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