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 b. Evaluate regional and international perspectives regarding the formation and implementation of public policy, such as Washington's Farewell Address, Monroe Doctrine, westward expansion, sectionalism, plantation holders in the South v. the industrialists in the North

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Have students write position papers, blog entries, letters, or design political cartoons illustrating the perspectives of selected prominent regional or international stakeholders on issues from early U.S. history. For example, students might design responses from the perspectives of either the Holy Alliance, Great Britain, or Latin America to the Monroe Doctrine; or assume the perspective of abolitionists, southern planters, or enslaved persons to the Compromise of 1850. Be sure the final products reflect both the underlying ideas and interests of the selected perspectives.

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