This collaborative group activity will aid your students in understanding the significance of the fundamental principles of American government. Students are given the definition of each concept (copying definitions rarely improve student understanding). They are also given a famous quote that correlates with their topic. Students must develop their own definition in their own words to each concept and either draw a picture or write a real world scenario of each principle.
This quiz is aligned with the Virginia Standards of learning:
CE.2a The student will demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of American constitutional government by:
a) explaining the fundamental principles of consent of the governed, limited government, rule of law, democracy, and representative government.
As a result of this lesson students will be able to do the following skills:
• Understand that fundamental political principles define and shape American constitutional government.
• Identify the fundamental principles of democratic governments from different examples.
This U.S. Fundamental Principles of American Government assessment align with the following state standardized tests: Includes:
o Virginia SOL’s (Standards of Learning Test
o Florida’s EOC Assessment (End of Course Exam)
o Texas STAAR Exam
Several states require students to pass a Civics/Government social studies test to graduate from high school which include: Alabama, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
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