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On Monday we will celebrate Constitution week.  As a part of that celebration on Tuesday, September 12 I assigned my 6th graders  the preamble of the Declaration of Independence to be written from memory on Monday, September 18. Your student will recieve a copy of the preamble on Monday and be asked to fill in the underlined words below. I will be sending a remind message later today. Your student should have brought home that paper explaining how remind works and how I hope it allows us to work together as parents and teacher for the growth of all students.

"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed."

After you learn the preamble here is your study guide for Thursdays 6 weeks test my plan is to finish covering what we have the first of the week 

  • Students for their first 6 weeks test will have to be able to use longitude and latitude in order to answer questions on locating cities on a map.
  • Students will need to know where major physical features in the U.S are and the direction the run or the countries they border to include: Mississippi river, Rocky Mountains, Rio Grande, Appalachian  Mountains, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean , Pacific Ocean
  • Which countries border the U.S to the north and south

Unlimited Government characteristics

  • One party rule (monarchy, supreme leader, one person or group of people make all the decisions.)
  • No freedom of the press
  • No freedom of assembly
  • Force is used to control the people
  • No elections

Limited Government

  • Free elections ( ruled by many )
  • Has a written document ( constitution controlling the power of the government )
  • Economic freedom
  • Multiple people or parties allowed to run for office


History of American democracy

  • Ideal of Democracy was started in Athens Greece to include the ideal of separate branches of government
  • Due to British colonization the U.S and Canada the ideal of a limited government and representative government has heavily influenced our values.
  • The promotion of democracy is considered most significant contribution of the United States to other countries.
  • Responsibilities of a good citizen are: voting in elections, jury duty, paying taxes and following the laws

Canada and the United States share a history of colonization and immigration resulting in the following

  • Both countries are characterized by their multiculturalism
  • Term melting pot  comes from many cultures immigrating from many cultures
  • Current immigrations trends are the highest in the southern and western states
  • Strong French settlement in Quebec Canada has led to a strong French cultural region within Canada


8th grade please be aware of your study guide 

Magna Carta 1215

  • Became cornerstone of constitutional government and rule of law
  • Original purpose was to limit Kings power
  • Protected feudal rights such as: church freedom, “no taxation without representation” trial by jury and due process. (Provided legal protection for those accused of crimes)
  • One of the first written  documents identifying  the power of government

Virginia House of Burgesses 1619

  • Founded in Jamestown Virginia the first permanent English settlement in America 1607.
  • Partially started due to Great Britain’s neglecting of colonial affairs and the distance between the new world and England
  • House of Burgesses is considered the first example of a bicameral legislature in the U.S
  • Representatives in the legislature were elected by the people

Mayflower Compact 1620

  • Considered the first document that establish guidelines for self-government
  • Signed by 41 men (sorry ladies would take 300 years 1920 before you were allowed to vote)
  • Pilgrims like the Protestants that would settle in Massachusetts Bay and Quakers from Pennsylvania elected church leaders and promoted self-government

Fundamental Orders of Connecticut 1639

  • Established a representative government for the towns of Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor
  • Considered the first written constitution on the colonies
  • The following principles made Connecticut more democratic
  • Recognized rights of citizens to rule themselves
  • Allowed citizens to elect a legislative body
  • Legislative assembly elected the governor

English Bill of Right 1689

  • Created even more limits on the power of the Monarchy basically making it a ceremonial position
  • Established requirements for free elections, freedom of speech, prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, right to bear arms,
  • Many of ideals reflected in English Bill of Rights came from John Locke who believed the role of government was to preserve the rights of people.
  • Considered one of the inspirations for the U.S Bill of Rights Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence 1776

  • Announced the 13 colonies Independence from England
  • Listed grievances against the “king”
  • Influenced by the English Bill of Rights and John Locke
  • Written  by Thomas Jefferson

Constitution 1787

  • Sets limits on the power of our government
  • Defines the roles and responsibilities of the 3 branches of government  (separate but equal)
  • Written in Philadelphia
  • Inspired by the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. English Bill of Rights.


The 3 G’s of exploration


God (spreading the Christian faith on behalf of the church)

Glory (Christopher Columbus searching for a faster/Western route to Asia)

Gold (Coronado in his conquering of Mexico in search for the city of gold)