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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 g. Evaluate the significance of the Civil War Amendments (13th, 14th and 15th) and how they protected individual rights

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Students will write encyclopedia-style entries describing one or more of the Civil War Amendments. Each entry will identify the provisions of the selected amendment, describe events leading to ratification, and explain the short and long term historical and constitutional importance.

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