Citizenship, Forms of Government, and the Historical Influences on American Government
Concepts to Know
1. The Characteristics of an Engaged Citizen.
2. The Characteristics of Good Governance.
a. Be able to explain the differene between an effective and good government!
3. The various forms of government.
a. Parliamentary Democracy
b. Representative Democracy
c. Islamic Republic
i. Absolute, not constitutional.
h. Be able to explain which government form is effective and which fulfills the characteristics of good government.
4. Early Historical Influences on American Government
a. Natural Rights Philosophers
i. Natural Rights
ii. Social Contract
iii. What is government?
b. Contributions of the Ancient World.
i. Classical Republicanism.
ii. Civic Virtue
iii. Direct Democracy v. Representative Democracy
1. Advantages, disadvantages of each?
c. English Precedents.
d. Early Colonial Precedents.
5. Common Sense by Thomas Paine.
a. Review how Paine incorporated Natural Rights into the assigned sections.
b. Explain the reasons Paine believes America should seek independence from Great Britain.
6. The Declaration of Independence
a. Know the four parts and be able to explain what each section discussed.
b. Be able to interpret and match the list of grievances to the following events:
i. Boston Tea Party, Boston Massacre, The Coercive Acts, The Battles of Lexington and Concord, The Olive Branch Petition,
The Quartering Act, The Stamp Act, The Tea Act, The Townshend Acts, The Quebec Act.
7. The Articles of Confederation.
a. Be able to describe what the structure of government looked like under the Articles.
b. Be able to describe the major weaknesses of the system.
8. The Constitutional Convention.
a. Know the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan, Hamilton’s Plan, and the Connecticut Compromise.
b. Know at least two major themes discussed at the convention.
Test Friday, February 24.