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					                                                                                                                                              FRANKLIN COUNTY




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                                                                                                                                               TWELFTH GRADE




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                                                                                                                                                GOVERNMENT
                                                                                                                                                  2007-2008
                                                                                                                       UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
                C GE                                                T 1 1. Identify the origins and functions of government.
                C GE                                                T   * a. Compare essential characteristics of limited and unlimited governments throughout the world, including
                                                                        constitutional,
                C GE                                                T 1 2. Analyze key components of the constitution of the United States by identifying purposes, organization, functions, and
                                                                              ideals.
                C GE                                                T   *    a. Compare government structure under the Articles of Confederation with government structure under the Constitution
                                                                                 of the United States.
                C                 GE                                T   *    b. Compare arguments for establishing a government with three separate branches.
                C                 GE                                T        c. Explain the necessity for and inclusion of a system of checks and balances.
                C                 GE                                T        d. Explain the necessity for including a Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the United States.
                C                 GE                                T        e. Outline the process of amending the Constitution.
                C                 GE                                T 1 3. Explain how the federal system of the United of the United States divides powers between national and state
                                                                             governments.
                C GE                                                T 1 * 4. Describe the specific functions, organization, and purposes of state and local governments.
                C                                                   T        a. Analyze the Alabama constitution of 1901 to determine its impact on local funding and campaign reform.
                C                                                   T        b. Describe the influence of special interest groups on state government.
                C GE                                                T 1 5. Trace the expansion of suffrage and its effect on the political system of the United States.
                C GE                                                T        a. Describe implications of participation of large numbers of minorities and women in parties and campaigns.
                C                                                   T        b. Describe the impact of the Selma-to-Montgomery march on the passage of the voting Rights Act of 1065.
                C                                                   T 1 6. Describe the functions and development of special interest groups.
                C                                                   T        a. Identify the impact of campaign contributions by political action committees on the election processes at the
                                                                                state and national levels.

                C                                                   T                         b. Analyze rulings by the United States Supreme Court regarding campaign financing to determine their effect on the
                                                                                                  election process.
                C                                   W T 2                                  7. Trace the development and impact of the media on the political process and public opinion in the United States.
                C                                                                             a. Explain the effect of media consolidation on public opinion and access to various viewpoints.
                C                                     T                                       b. Describe regional differences in public opinion in the United States.
                C                                   W T                                  *     c. Analyze the impact of television on the election process and campaign spending.
                C                                     T                                       d. Explain the effect of attack advertisements on voter selection of candidates.
                C                                   W T 2                                  8. Identify the roles political parties play in the functioning of the political system of the United States.
                C                                     T                                       a. Describe the role of third-party candidates in political elections in the United States.
                C                                     T                                       b. Explain major characteristics of contemporary political parties in the United States, Including the role of
                                                                                                 conventions, party leadership, formal and informal memberships, and regional strongholds.
                C                                                   T                         c. Describe the changing influence of political parties on individual and elected officials.
                C                                                   T 2                    9. Identify constitutional provisions of the legislative branch of the government of the United States.
                C                                                   T                         a. Compare rules of operation and hierarchies of the House and Senate.
                C                                                   T                         b. Trace the legislative process, including types of votes and committee action, from a bill's presentation
                                                                                                 to presidential action.
                C                                                   T                         c. Identify committee structure and types of committees.
                C                                                   T                         d. Discuss problems concerning redistricting as populations shift. (Example: gerrymandering)
                C                                                   T          2          10. Identify constitutional provisions of the executive branch of the government of the United States.
                C                                                   T                         a. Identify Constitutional provisions regarding the office of President of the United States.
                C                                                   T                         b. Identify informal powers of the President.
                C                                                   T                    *     c. Compare the characteristics of the President of the United States with characteristics of the electorate.
                C                                                   T                         d. Identify the influence of White House staff on the President.
                C                                                   T                         e. Identify powers held by the President's Cabinet.
                C                                                   T                         f. Identify factors that influence voter's choices of presidential candidates.
                C                                                   T          2          11. Identify constitutional provisions of the judicial branch of the government of the United States.
                C                                                   T                         a. Describe the structure of the court system of the United States.
                C                                                   T                         b. Trace the process by which a case goes to the Supreme Court.
                C                                                   T                         c. Identify the impact of landmark Supreme Court cases on constitutional interpretation.
                C                                                   T                         d. Identify landmark decisions arising from Supreme Court cases originating in Alabama.
                C                                                   T                    *     e. Contrast the strict and loose constructionist views of the Constitution.
                C                                                   T                         f. Explain the politics involved in the appointment process.
                C                                                   T                         g. Describe the shifting political balance of the court system.
                C                                                   T                         h. Identify influences on court decisions.
                C                                                   T                         i. Trace the nationalization of the Bill of Rights from Gitlow versus New York to the present.
                C                                                   T          2         *12. Contrast the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a participatory democracy.
                C                                                   T          2          13. Explain the foreign policy of the United States and national security interests as they pertain to the role of the United
                                                                                              States in the world community.
                C                                                   T                         a. Discuss the changing role of the foreign policy of the United States.
                C                                                   T                         b. Identify the positive and/or negative consequences of foreign policy decisions.
                C                                                   T                         c. Identify traditional foreign policy allies of the United States and potential areas of current and future intervention.
                                                                                         * HIGHER ORDER
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