School Improvement in Maryland

Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic A. The Foundations and Function of Government

Indicator 3. Evaluate roles and policies of the United States government regarding public policy and issues

Objective a. Examine the effect that national interests have on shaping government policy, such as the abolitionist movement and slavery, states' rights, and regional commerce

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Have students write position papers, blog entries, letters, or design political cartoons illustrating the perspectives of selected prominent stakeholders representing national ideas or interests on issues from early U.S. history. For example, students might create position papers from the perspective of proponents of Alexander Hamilton’s views on internal improvements and the national bank, or Henry Clay’s American System. Be sure the final products reflect both the underlying ideas and interests of the selected national perspectives.

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