We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

 – Abraham Lincoln

Essential Questions


  1. How did the founders of the US Constitution attempt to protect individual liberty, while also promoting public order and safety?
  2. How have theory, debate, and compromise influenced the US Constitutional system?
  3. How does the development and interpretation of the Constitution influence policies that impact citizens and residents of the US?

Identifications


This is just a big-ole list of terms you need to know. Some of these are general terms that you probably know already, some are easy to remember once you learn them, and others will be more challenging. This is the kitchen sink…focus on the ones you don’t know. 

  • 10TH AMENDMENT
  • 13TH AMENDMENT
  • 14TH AMENDMENT
  • 15TH AMENDMENT
  • AID PROGRAMS
  • AMENDMENT
  • AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE
  • ANTI-FEDERALIST
  • ARTICLE V (CONSTITUTION)
  • ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION
  • BICAMERAL
  • BILL OF RIGHTS
  • BILLS OF ATTAINDER
  • BLOCK GRANTS
  • CATEGORICAL GRANTS
  • CHECKS AND BALANCES
  • CIVIL LIBERTIES
  • CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS
  • COMMERCE CLAUSE
  • COMMERCE CLAUSE
  • COMPROMISE OF IMPORTATION
  • CONCURRENT POWERS
  • CONFEDERAL SYSTEM
  • CONSTITUTION (GRAND COMM)
  • CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC
  • CONSTITUTIONIONAL CONVENTION
  • COOPERATIVE FEDERALISM
  • DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
  • DEVOLUTION
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE
  • ELITE DEMOCRACY
  • ENUMERATED/EXPRESSED POWERS
  • EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY
  • EX POST FACTO LAWS
  • EXCLUSIVE POWERS
  • EXECUTIVE BRANCH
  • EXTRADITION
  • FACTION
  • FEDERALISM
  • FEDERALIST
  • FEDERALIST PAPERS
  • FISCAL FEDERALISM
  • FULL FAITH AND CREDIT CLAUSE
  • GOVERNMENT
  • GRANTS-IN-AID
  • GREAT COMPOMISE
  • GREAT COMPROMISE
  • IMPEACHMENT
  • IMPLIED POWERS
  • INALIENABLE RIGHTS
  • INCENTIVES
  • JUDICIAL BRANCH
  • LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
  • LIBERTY
  • LIMITED GOVERNMENT
  • MANDATES
  • NATURAL RIGHTS
  • NECESSARY & PROPER CLAUSE
  • NEW JERSEY PLAN
  • PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY
  • PLURALIST DEMOCRACY
  • POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS
  • POLITICS
  • POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY
  • PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES CLAUSE
  • RATIFICATION
  • REMOVAL (FROM OFFICE)
  • REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY
  • REPUBLICANISM
  • RESERVED POWERS
  • REVENUE SHARING
  • SELECTIVE INCORPORATION
  • SEPARATIONS OF POWERS
  • SHAY’S REBELLION
  • SOCIAL CONTRACT
  • SOCIAL ORDER
  • SOVEREIGNTY
  • SUPREMACY CLAUSE
  • THREE-FIFTHS COMPROMISE
  • UNFUNDED MANDATES
  • UNICAMERAL
  • UNITARY SYSTEM
  • VIRGINIA PLAN
  • WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS

Important People


  • ADAMS, JOHN
  • FRANKLIN, BEN
  • HAMILTON, ALEXANDER
  • WASHINGTON, GEORGE

Required Documents & Cases


Foundational Documents

  • Articles of Confederation
  • Brutus 1
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Federalist 10
  • Federalist 51
  • US Constitution

Supreme Court Cases

  • McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)
  • United States v. Lopez (1995)

Civic Engagement Project – Task #


Students will use the policy chapters from the textbook and online resources such as Brookings Institute or Pew Research Center, to complete this first benchmark. Domestic policy areas students will select from will include fiscal policy, monetary policy, healthcare policy, education policy, environmental/energy policy, immigration policy, or civil rights policy. Students will craft their policy problem of interest in an objective, non-partisan manner. Students will write a paper that:

  • Identifies the members of their group
  • Identifies and describes a domestic policy area and policy problem the group would like to explore and try to solve.
  • Explains the significance of the policy problem by describing how key stakeholders in this issue will be affected if the problem is not solved.
Sub Units

American Government and Politics

The Constitution

Federlism

Review

UPDATED: 4/8/2019