Did the Constitution establish a just government?
Standards and Practices
GOV.1A Explain major political ideas in history, including the laws of nature and nature's God, unalienable rights, divine right of kings, social contract theory, and the rights of resistance to illegitimate government.
GOV.9A Explain why the Founding Fathers created a distinctly new form of federalism and adopted a federal system of government instead of a unitary system.
GOV.12A Compare the U.S. constitutional republic to historical and contemporary forms of government such as monarchy, a classical republic, authoritarian, socialist, direct democracy, theocracy, tribal, and other republics.
GOV.12B Analyze advantages and disadvantages of federal, confederate, and unitary systems of government.
GOV.12C Analyze advantages and disadvantages of presidential and parliamentary systems of government.
GOV.21A Analyze historical and contemporary political information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions.
GOV.22A Use social studies terminology correctly.
Staging the Question
Draw your image or vision of government on a sheet of paper.
How did political theories influence the framers’ development of the US government?
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You will need to know:
Use the handout, Theories and Forms of Government, to guide your work and as an opportunity for me to check in and speak to you prior to beginning your ACES writing. A variety of resources are prepared for this briefing, including readings, videos, and a Quizlet to answer the supporting question and complete the formative performance task. Use these resources to take notes and complete the handout. You have the opportunity to pick and choose which resources to use to collect the information you need. You also have the choice to use the note-taking strategy you prefer best. Be sure you cite evidence from the text in your notes, and document the resource you cited.
Featured Resources Tool Kit
- Everyday Life: Comparing American Citizenship
- US History Reader: Columbus to Revolution
- We the People: Civic Life Founding Generation
Instructions to access resources from Active Classroom: GOV_Accessing Readings and Videos from Active Classroom_Instructions.docx
Formative Performance Task
Develop an argument using the ACES strategy to answer the following question: What influenced the framers the most as they worked to develop the Constitution? Explain the advantages and disadvantages of diverse forms and systems of government.
(A- make your assertion) What is your opinion?
(C- cite your evidence) What is your evidence?
(E- explain your reasoning) How does this evidence support your opinion? How does this prove your point? Why is this evidence important?
This proves that…
(S- summarize your idea) Summarize in a sentence using this starter –