This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the purpose, structure, and operation of the national and state governmental systems. This is a Grade11 Social Studies Course and the primary content of study is the Federal system and its underlying principles as they are related on National, State, and local levels.

1- Introduction
1- Introduction
2- Course Description
3- Course Links
4- Understanding Plagiarism
5- Pretest
Assignment: Pretest
6- MLA Formatting MSWord 2007
7- MLA Documentation updates
8- MLA Citation
9- MLA Incorporating Sources

2- Historical Documents
1- Introduction
2- Historical Documents
3- Declaration of Independence
Assignment: The Declaration of Independence
4- Articles of Confederation
5- Federalists Papers
Handout: Federalist 10 Activity
Handout: Current Issues Spectrum
Essay: Federalist 10
6- The Bill of Rights
7- Emancipation Proclamation
8- Gettysburg Address
Quiz: Quiz 4 HistDocuments and The Constitution

3- Political Landscape
1- Political Landscape
2- Basic Facts
3- Quick Facts – USA
4- Our Capital
5- Democracy
Assignment: Political Landscape Worksheet
Assignment: What you Think Assignment

4- Political Philosophy
1- Socrates, Plato, Aristotle
2- Greek Leaders Position
3- Niccolo Machiavelli
4- Other Thinkers of the Renaissance
5- Spinoza, Locke, and Smith
6- Voltaire and Rousseau
7- Political Philosophers
Quiz: Background information, Political landscape, and Philosophy
Essay: The Declaration of Independence

5- The Constitution
1- Constitution
2- Constitutional Convention
3- Federalism
4- Checks and Balances
5- Writing the Constitution
6- The Virginia Plan
Essay: The Virginia Plan
7- Federalism Continued
8- Anti-federalist Debates
Handout: Worksheet 1
Handout: Worksheet 2
Assignment: Worksheets 1 and 2
Assignment: Questions
Assignment: Persuasive Speech
Quiz: Federalism Quiz

6- State and Local Government
1- US Government Manual
2- Introduction
3- Branches of the Government
4- Executive Branch
5- Legislative Branch
6- Judicial Branch
7- Supreme Court
8- How Supreme Court Works
9- Supreme Court Justices
Worksheet: State and Local Government
Quiz: State and Local Government Quiz

7- Civil Liberties
1- How Laws are Made
2- Civil Liberties
Assignment: Civil Liberties at Work
Essay: Freedom of Speech in School
Quiz: Civil Liberties Quiz

8- Civil Rights
1- Civil Rights
2- Democracy & Equality
3- The 14th Amendment
Assignment: 14th Amendment Activity
Essay: Dissent Essay
4- Plessey vs. Ferguson
Quiz: Civil Rights Quiz
5- With Liberty and Justice for All – part 1
Handout: Civil Liberties & Civil Rights
Handout: Viewer’s Guide for ‘A Nation of Liberties’ Democracy and World War II
Handout: Tracing the Evolution of the Pledge of Allegiance
Assignment: Liberty Journal
6- With Liberty and Justice for All – part 2
Assignment: Video Responses
Assignment: W. Virginia versus Barnette
Assignment: Evolution of the Pledge of Allegiance

9- Congress
1- All about Congress
2- Power of Congress
3- Workings of Congress
4- Senate Courtesy
Assignment: Congressional Committes
Essay: Senate Oversight Function
5- Congress Webquest
Assignment: Congress WebQuest
Worksheet: Congress
Quiz: Midterm Quiz

10- National vs. State Government
1- National vs. State Government
2- Exclusive Powers
3- Powers Denied
Quiz: National vs State Govt
Assignment: State & Local Governments
4- Midtest
Assignment: Midtest
Assignment: Referendum, Recall, and Initiative

11- The Presidency
1- Roots of Presidency
2- Presidential Greatness
3- Schlesinger Poll
4- Role of the President
Assignment: The Executive Branch
5- Commander in Chief
6- Chief Executive
Quiz: The Presidency

12- The Bureaucracy
1- Modern Bureaucracy
2- What is Bureaucracy
Worksheet: Bureaucracy Worksheet
Quiz: The Bureaucracy

13- The Judiciary
1- American Legal System
2- Judiciary Power
3- Types of Cases
4- Judiciary-Supreme Court Cases
5- Probable Cause
6- Death Penalty
7- Precedent
Handout: The Supreme Court
Assignment: The Supreme Court: Precedent
Worksheet: The Judicial Branch
Quiz: The Judiciary

14- Public Opinion
1- What is Public Opinion?
2- Public Opinion Polls
Essay: Polls and Public Opinion
3- Political Attitudes
4- Propaganda Techniques
Quiz: Public Opinion

15- Political Parties
1- Roles of American Parties
Handout: Political Spectrum Chart
Handout: Political Spectrum Survey
Essay: Political Parties
2- Republican or Democrat
3- Democrat vs. Republican
Worksheet: Political Parties Worksheet
4- Voting Increases
Assignment: Comparing Parties
Quiz: Political Parties

16- Elections & Campaigns
1- Voting and Elections
2- Election Process
3- President & Vice President
4- General Election
5- Electoral College
Assignment: The Electoral College
6- Election of Senators
7- Election of Representatives
8- Voter Registration
Worksheet: Election Process Worksheet
9- The Campaign Process
Quiz: Election Process/Campaign Process

17- Citizenship
1- Citizenship
2- Becoming a Citizen
3- The Application
4- Naturalization Examination
Essay: The Citizenship Test
5- Court Hearing
6- The Oath of Allegiance
7- Rights of Citizen
8- Duties & Responsibilities
Worksheet: Citizenship Assignment
Quiz: Citizenship

18- Continuity & Change
1- Continuity & Change
2- Divided We Stand
Assignment: Divided We Stand
3- Final Project
Assignment: Outline/Rough draft
Essay: Final Assignment

19- Final Exam
1- Post-test
Assignment: Post-test
Quiz: Final Exam

20- Course Survey
Handout: Course Evaluation
Assignment: Course Survey