SSCG2 Demonstrate knowledge of the political philosophies that shaped the development
of United States constitutional government.
b. Analyze the impact of the writings of Hobbes (Leviathan), Locke (Second Treatise on
Government), Rousseau (The Social Contract), and Montesquieu (The Spirit of the Laws)
on our concept of government.
c. Analyze the ways in which the philosophies listed in element 2b influenced the Declaration
SSCG3 Demonstrate knowledge of the framing and structure of the United States
a. Analyze debates during the drafting of the Constitution, including the Three-Fifths
Compromise, the Great Compromise, and the Commerce Clause.
b. Analyze how the Constitution addresses the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.
c. Explain the fundamental principles of the United States Constitution, including limited
government, the rule of law, federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, and
d. Explain the key ideas in the debate over ratification made by the Federalists and the
Monday: Declaration of Independence
Morgan Freeman Video on Declaration/Discussion and notes: 3 parts of declaration
Homework: We The People Exercise on Declaration of Independence
Tues: Articles of Confederation/Constitutional Convention
Analysis: Why did the founders replace the Articles of Confederation?
Constitutional Convention Video Clips/Discussion
NJ vs Virginia Plan Comparison and Great Compromise
Homework: ICIVICS Activity Worksheets
Wed: Anatomy of the Constitution Activity
Necessary and Proper Clasue
HW: ICIVICS Wokrsheet
Thurs: Anatomy of Constitution Activity
Review of Articles 1-7
HW- ICIVICS Worksheet
Fri: Test Unit I