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Defining Government

Students will define government.

Purpose of Government

Students will define government.


Evaluate the basic dynamic of human power and how this is the basis of political power.

Ran Away

Examine slaves who escaped to freedom by examining runaway advertisements.

Resistance in the Americas

Students will evaluate significant uprisings and how they impacted slavery in the US

Principles of Government

Evaluate basic principles of government including definition of government, power, politics, government purposes, government types.

The Formation of Governments

Evaluate four theories regarding why governments developed.

Three Branches of Government

Amending the Constitution

Evaluate the amendment process and the amendments that exist.

Bill of Rights

Checks and Balances

Evaluate how three branches of government provide for a balance of power and checks against abuses by any single branch.

Three Branches: Requirements

Evaluate Constitutional structure of government for memberships and term of office, and how this impacts the balance of power of government.

Congressional Apportionment

Executive Branch

Examine the Constitutional Roles and Powers of the Presidency.

The Electoral College

Evaluate the essential features of the Electoral College and how it works

Executive Branch Scavenger Hunt

Examine the electoral and popular votes for the 2016 election


Evaluate the connection between the Revolutionary War and African American freedom

Mutual Aid Societies

Evaluate the Philadelphia Society as an example of an early, religious based society through a primary document.

The War of 1812

Evaluate the role that African Americans played in the War of 1812 and how that shaped the abolition movement.

Abolition and Amistad

Evaluate the Amistad case through text and video.

Henry Brown

Evaluate the Escape to Freedom of Henry Brown

Looking Over Jordan: African Americans in the Civil War

Students will evaluate the Civil War through documentary/video evidence.

Reconstruction (Part 1)

Evaluate Reconstruction through documentary video

Black Codes

Students will evaluate the Black Codes and connect them to segregation and racism.


Evaluate methods by which African-Americans gained and lost political power in the South.

Rise, Fall, and Rise of the KKK

Evaluate the organization of violence and intimidation directed against African Americans

Civil War: African American Participation

Examine African American participation in the Civil War and how it impacted various groups in America.

African American Leaders Speak Out

Analyze African American Responses to Jim Crow

Tulsa Riots

Examine the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921 in terms of cause, effect, and current historiography?

Malcolm X

Evaluate documentary evidence of Malcolm X

Gemeinschaft & Gesellschaft

Compare and Contrast Gemeinschaft and Gessellschaft

Mechanical & Organic Solidarity

Examine the mechanical and organic typology that Durkheim developed.


Examine the Events in Selma through documentary devidence?

Production Possibilities

Compare choices for consumer vs. capital goods