Soc St Civics Grades 9-12 Print Credit Recovery

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The study material in this program is designed to help you develop a better understanding of the Constitution of the United States, the Amdendments to the Constitution and The Bill of Rights, state and local governments, the political parties and how they function, and your responsibilities - both mandatory and voluntary - as a member of society in these United States of America. By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of how laws are made, how the voting process works, and the effect of one's affiliation with a political party.

Course Objectives

The material in this program of study is designed to provide you with an understanding of the Constitution of the United States. While nearly all countries of the world have constitutions, not all have constitutional govern­ments. A constitutional government is one in which a constitution clearly places recognized and widely accepted limits on the powers of the people who govern. Constitutional government is one of limited government and rule of law. The United States, Canada and Great Britain have constitutional forms of government where the rule of law applies. Many countries, such as Communist China, also have constitutions, but they do not have constitutional governments. Governments in these countries are not limited by their constitutions.

After reading the required text and completing the exercises found in the Study Guide, you will be able to:

·         define key terms related to the Constitution and the establishment of the three branches of government

·         identify groups and specific people who largely influenced the writing and adoption of the U.S. Constitution

·         identify the development, organization and provisions of the Constitution

·         name and describe the three branches of government established in the Constitution

·         identify events leading up to the adoption of the Constitution

·         list differences between the U.S. government and governments in other countries

·         name duties of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches of government

·         identify characteristic traits of both houses of Congress

·         name steps involved in a bill becoming a law

·         list powers of Congress, as defined in the Constitution

·         explain how the position of the President of the United States is filled

·         recognize the jurisdiction of the judicial courts

·         recognize processes that are in place to guide the development and enforcement of laws

·         state the purpose and importance of Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

·         recognize rights protected by the Bill of Rights

·         interpret meanings of the Constitutional Amendments

·         list examples that illustrate the significance of judicial review

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