School Improvement in Maryland

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 C. Protecting Rights and Maintaining Order

Indicator 1. Examine the impact of governmental decisions on individual rights and responsibilities in the United States

Objective b. Explain how rules and laws protect individual rights and protect the common good

Resource Links
“The Need for Government” lesson plan, posted on Maryland’s mdk12 Web page
Scholarly discussion of Social Contract Theory, from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. For this objective, pay particular attention to discussion of Locke
Explanation of difference between rules and laws, at “”
“Why We Have Rules” lesson plan from New Zealand. Can easily be adapted for American students.
Australian lesson plan on rules and laws. Can easily be adapted for American students
Resources for Objective 1.C.1.b:
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