- Identify different type of government systems in the world.
Explain the process of how the United States gained their independence and the influences the founders had in writing the Constitution.
Understand the three branches of government, their purpose, workings, and how each branch checks the powers of the other two branches.
Understand the workings of Illinois government both on a state and local level.
Pass both the United States Constitution Test and the Illinois Constitution Test for completion of the course.
Learn how to participate in civic life as well as participate in government simulations that show how our government system works.
Students will build an academic vocabulary relating to government.
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Week 1: What is the purpose of government?, types of government, influences on the creation of our government
Week 2: Articles of Confederation, Constitutional convention, Constitution
Week 3: amending the Constitution, federalism, interstate relations
Week 4: test, voting, elections
Week 5: participating in government, influences on our perception of government, interest groups
Week 6: legislative branch foldables, gerrymandering, political parties
Week 7: political parties, committees, support staff
Week 8: how a bill becomes a law, powers of congress, taxing and spending, test
Week 9: president intro, roles of the president, convention
Week 10: electoral college, presidential powers, cabinet and executive office
Week 11: White House tour, who is qualified to be president, test
Week 12: federal court system, Supreme Court, amendments
Week 13: amendments, flag code, citizenship, quiz, Constitution test review
Week 14: Constitution test review
Week 15: review, Constitution test, IL government
Week 16: IL government, IL Constitution test
Week 17: Bureaucracy, law, comparative systems, final project
Week 18: final