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Goverment Unit II: Origins of American Government
Transcript of Goverment Unit II: Origins of American Government
Origins of American Government
in 500 BC~ in
DO: SWBAT analyze traits from Ancient democracies and evaluate how they forerunners to American democracy
IA: Besides America, where have other examples of Democratic government existed in history?
Demos + Kratos
At the time, all citizens would
meet in Athens and decide
508 BC: Rome
Republic was formed.
Run the Government
Greco-Roman systems of govt promote
Consent of the Governed.
-The government only operates with the permission of the people.
Exit Slip: Out of all of the traits borrowed from the Greeks and Romans, which is the most important in our government? Support your claim with evidence from the Documents.
DO: SWBAT analyze how of the Magna Carta, Petition of Right & English Bill of Rights influence our Govt
IA: Explain how the United States'
Govt is Greco-Roman in its roots.
"Great Charter" 1215
First Time Kings Power is Limited
Establishes Trial by Jury
Established Due Process
Petition of Right
-Further Limited Kings Power
Rule of Law
No One is Above the Law!
English Bill of Rights
- No excessive bail
- No cruel/unusual punishment
- Right to petition
Exit Slip: How did the Magna Carta, Petition of Right and the
English Bill of Rights establish a foundation for the
American system of government? Cite evidence.
DO: SWBAT examine events leading up to the Declaration of Independence
IA: When is enough enough? (Provide an example)
Early 1700s- Relations between the colonies
Great Britain were on good terms.
However, by the mid-point of the century
G.B. began to make changes in their colonies
to address certain problems and concerns.
-Native American uprisings
-Keeping peace in colonies
-paying war debts from French & Indian war
-maintaining power over the colonies
Using the stations around the room complete the
worksheet that Mr. Frank is currently handing out.
Exit Slip: Do you think the American Revolution
was inevitable? Why/Why Not?
DO: SWBAT Compare sources to determine why the colonists were so upset about the Stamp Act
IA: Explain the following quote
“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
With the new laws and taxes being imposed
by King George III of G.B. the colonists started
to add weight to their complaints.
is going to attempt to get the colonies to unite under the Albany Plan of Union. The Albany Plan of Union was
England and the colonists.
-Annual Congress of delegates (representatives)
from each of the 13 colonies.
-Precursor to future attempts of self-gov't
Even though Franklin's plan of union failed, it laid the groundwork for future unity within the colonies. The first successful union being the
Stamp Act Congress
created in 1765.
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress
adopted the Declaration of Independence.
Exit Slip: On a post it, summarize today's lesson for
our absent student(s).
DO: SWBAT create a claim evaluating why the Articles of Confederation was an ineffective form of government
IA: What were key traits that the founding fathers 'stole' from the Enlightenment thinker?
IA: In your own words, explain what
'taxation without representation' means.
- During the
, the founding fathers needed to establish a system to
govern the newly created nation.
They decided upon the
Articles of Confederation
It established an 'alliance of states' where each state
kept its own sovereignty, freedom and independence.
All 13 states ratified, or approved, the A of C by 1781.
Govt under the A of C
- Unicameral Legislative
- No executive branch
- No judicial branch
-Fearful of creating a system of govt like that of G.B.
the govt under the Articles were purposely
Complete the two worksheets with a partner. You will have 10-12 minutes to work before the class reconvenes.
Exit Slip: Write down one problem that you can predict occurring because of the weaknesses of the
A of C
DO: SWBAT create a claim determining how compromises enabled the founding fathers to create the Constitution
IA: Matching Game
Responding to the weaknesses of the A of C, delegates met in Philly to discuss
to the A of C. They would end up creating an entirely new govt. These delegates would later be known as
of the Constitution.
The Framers of the Constitution
argued over many issues
New Jersey Plan
- Bicameral Legislative
- Representation based
on state population
- Unicameral Legislative
- Representation equal regardless of size of state
Connecticut (Great) Compromise
-Delegates agreed on a bicameral Congress,
one part with equal representation for States (
), and the other with representation based on the States’ populations (
House of Representatives
The Framers decided to count a slave as three-fifths of a person when determining the population of a State
Exit Slip: When we talked about the basic concepts of Democracy we said that the most crucial concept was Compromise. Based on what we talked about today; do you believe this to be true? Why or Why not? Use evidence to support your claim.
Work with a partner and complete the worksheet.
DO: SWBAT analyze Federalist 51 to evaluate Madison’s purpose
IA: What were some of the compromises of the Constitution?
After the Constitution was finished the only thing left was to do was ratify it. Those who wanted to ratify it was known as
those who didn't were known as
- Said the Articles were too weak
- Strong gov't could solve problems
- Separation of Powers could prevent abuse
Led by Alexander Hamilton
-President could become too powerful
- Congress could become too powerful
- Lacked a Bill of Rights
Led by Thomas Jefferson
In an attempt to drive up support for the Constitution
Hamilton, Jay and Madison (under fake names) wrote the
. They were printed and distributed across the country.
Finally the Constitution was ratified in 1788, but not before the addition of the first ten amendments or
Bill of Rights
to protect the liberties of citizens.
Exit Slip: What was Madison's overall purpose in Federalist 51?
A 5/5 will include
Claim backed with evidence
Coherent Logic and Syntax
Complete worksheet with a partner.
In 1789, the Constitution was put into effect.
Washington chosen as first President.
NYC chosen as first capital.
DO: SWBAT analyze the Constitution to determine the overall purpose of the document
IA: What the is the point of an
introduction paragraph of an essay?
The Constitution is a fairly brief document that outlines the basic principles upon which government in the United States was built.
Constitution is split into 3 parts;
The introduction of the Constitution;
4. State Relations
6. Supremacy Clause
There are seven
outlining a different characteristic
of the Gov't
They first ten were adopted with Constitution
In 225 years there have only been 17 changes
(two of which cancel each other out)
1-10: Bill of Rights
13, 14, 15: Civil War Amendments
18 & 21: Prohibition Amendments
19 & 26: Voting Amendments
22: Presidential Term Limits
Exit Slip: Think about the amount of Amendments we have. What does this say about the founding fathers?
DO: SWBAT draw conclusions about the founding fathers after examining the Amendments to the Constitution
IA: Lets review yesterday's Exit Slip:
Cite as least three examples of how the Constitution fixed problems that around under the Articles.
Although there have only been 27 amendments; there have been numerous
amendment is the process
by which over time many changes
have been made in the Constitution
which has not involved any changes
in its written word.
The informal amendment process can take place by:
(1) the passage of basic legislation by Congress;
(2) actions taken by the President;
(3) key decisions of the Supreme Court;
(4) the activities of political parties; and
The Constitution provides for its own amending
—that is, for changes in its written words.
Exit Slip: If the framers had forgone adding Article V to the Constitution would that have affected its longevity?
DO: SWBAT analyze the six principles of the Constitution and their influence on our political system.
IA: Think about the first words of our Constitution "We the People". Why do you think the framers chose these words to start off the document?
Exit: Which of the principles is the most important to our system of Government and why?
Complete Gallery Walk.
Once completed begin matching worksheet on the back. Hand in once completed.
After Ancient Rome, all traces of
democracy disappeared from the world
until 1215 in England.
DO: SWBAT Compare sources to determine why the colonists were so upset about the Stamp Act?
IA: Why is it important to know the source of an article?
-After winning the
in 1763, the British were in a lot of debt. They tried to raise money by taxing the American colonists.
Boston-Gazette, October 7, 1765
My Dear Countrymen,
AWAKE! Awake, my Countrymen and defeat
those who want to enslave us. Do not be cowards. You were born in Britain, the Land of
Light, and you were raised in America, the
Land of Liberty. It is your duty to fight this tax.
Future generations will bless your efforts and
honor the memory of the saviors of their
I urge you to tell your representatives that you
do not support this terrible and burdensome
law. Let them know what you think. They
should act as guardians of the liberty of their
I look forward to congratulating you on
delivering us from the enemies of truth and
1. Why were colonists upset about the Stamp Act?
2. Was the Stamp Act an unreasonable and unfair tax?
3. Were the colonists treated like slaves?
4. Were the British violating colonists’ rights?
5. How were the colonists behaving in response to the Stamp Act?
6. Some historians have argued that the American Revolution
happened because a few rich leaders riled up all the poor people.
Do these documents provide evidence for argument? Is that
DO: SWBAT connect the theories of the Enlightenment philosophers to the plight of the founding fathers
IA: Who inspires you? What are the qualities that these inspirational people share?
Starting in the 1600s, European philosophers began debating the question of who should govern a nation. As the absolute rule of kings weakened,
philosophers argued for different forms of democracy.
The title alludes to the theory that society needs a strong central government because of man's naturally
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Man is born free but he is everywhere in chains
"Two Treatises of Government"
- Natural Rights
Baron de Montesquieu
Spirit of the Laws
Separation of Power in Government
Prompt 1: The best form of government is a representative democracy.
Prompt 2: Only the president should have the power to declare war.
Prompt 3: A good way to make laws is for all the people to directly vote on them
Prompt 4: Religion should be a part of the government.
Prompt 5: The government should have the authority to confiscate a person’s property for the public good
Prompt 6: Which of these philosophers had the most lasting impact on the American political system?
Task: In your clusters, read through the
different parts of the Articles of Confederation
while answering the guided reading questions.
Why was the Articles intentionally made this way?
What were the founding fathers hoping to prevent? In context, were the intentionally weaknesses a good idea? Why or Why not?
Did the Articles provide a good basis for government?
Checks and Balances
Separation of Powers
To what extent should the federal government be involved in economic issues?
Position A: The federal government's powers over taxation as well as international and interstate trade allow significant latitude in directing economic policy.
Position B: The federal government should only act to remedy unfavorable economic conditions for business activity.
Should voter ballot initiatives be allowed to overturn laws passed by legislative bodies?
Position A: Yes; ballot initiatives allow voters to directly participate in their government.
Position B: No; voters already express their views through election of public officials.
Once Congress declares war and the President assumes the role of Commander-in-Chief who decides how the war ends?
Position A: Congress, the policy making branch which represents the people, should determine peace terms.
Position B: The President as Commander-in-Chief is in the best position to determine appropriate actions.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the
Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Exit Slip: What was the overall purpose of the Constitution? What were the founding fathers trying to accomplish with this document?
A 5/5 response will include...
Evidence from text
Coherent Logic and Syntax
Elastic Clause- granting Congress the power to pass all laws necessary and proper
DO: SWBAT analyze the court case Marbury vs. Madison to evaluate to what extent it supports the doctrine of checks and balances
(EQ Connection #_____)
IA: Matching Activity
Checks & Balances
- the act of one branch of the government checking the others so ensure that one does not gain too much power.
Anti-Federalist/ Democratic- Republican
- Overriding a Veto
Marbury vs. Madison
Students will have 20 minutes to SILENTLY read through and complete the Court Case analysis.
To what extent does the Marbury case support the doctrine of checks and balances?
Marbury vs. Madison
was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court formed the basis for the exercise of
the act of determining whether something is
(against the Constitution)
DO: SWBAT create claims for the assigned prompts based on their philosopher's theories.
IA: Take 10 minutes to collaborate about your theorist's positions on the five prompts.
Explain why the name ‘Articles of Confederation” was an apt title for their government’s outline?
Ink Pair Share
Originally, the 13 colonies started out very separate because of their
in geography, culture, religion etc.
1. Consent of the Governed
2. Natural Rights
3. Separation of Powers
4. Social Contract
Ink Pair Share
Explain why the name "Articles of Confederation" was an apt title for their government's outline.