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8th Grade Civics Lesson Plans


Az State Standards - Social Studies


FOCUS: Standard 2 Civics/Government


 2SS-E3. Describe political philosophies and concepts of government that became the foundation for the American Revolution and United States government, with emphasis on:

PO 1. ideas of the nature of government and rights of individuals expressed in the Declaration of Independence with its roots in British philosophers such as John Locke

PO 2. the concept of limited government and the rule of law established in the Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights

PO 3. the social covenant established in the Mayflower Compact

PO 4. the characteristics of republican and representative governments

PO 5. anti-Federalist and Federalist arguments for and against the new Constitution, including those expressed in The Federalist Papers

PO 6. the concepts of federalism, democracy, bicameralism, separation of powers, and checks and balances

2SS-E4. Identify concepts of government as expressed in the United States Constitution and explain the powers granted to the three branches of government and those reserved to the states, with emphasis on:

PO 1. the federal system dividing sovereignty between the states and the federal government

PO 2. the separation of powers through the development of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government

PO 3. John Marshall’s role in judicial review, including Marbury v. Madison

2SS-E5. Identify and describe a citizens’ fundamental constitutional rights, with emphasis on:

PO 1. freedom of religion, expression, assembly, and press

PO 2. right to a fair trial

PO 3. equal protection and due process

2SS-E6. Describe the structure, functions, and powers of the Arizona state and local governments and their relationship to the federal government, with emphasis on:

PO 1. the purposes of the Arizona Constitution

PO 2. the roles and methods of initiative, referendum, and recall processes

PO 3. the function of multiple executive offices

PO 4. the election process, including primaries and general elections

PO 5. the criminal justice system, including juvenile justice

PO 6. the roles and relationships of different levels of government, including federal, state, county, city/town, and tribal

 2SS-E7. Explain the obligations and responsibilities of citizenship, with emphasis on:

PO 1. the obligations of upholding the Constitution, obeying the law, paying taxes, and registering for selective service and jury duty

PO 2. involvement in political decision-making, including voting, petitioning public officials, and analyzing issues

2SS-E8. Explain the significance of famous speeches to the duties of citizenship, with emphasis on:

PO 1. George Washington’s Farewell Address

PO 2. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

PO 3. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech




Senior Government Lesson Plans


Az State Standards - Social Studies/History

PROFICIENCY (Grades 9-12)

FOCUS: Civics / Government


Misc. Lessons

        "I Have a Dream Speech", Martin Luther King


Current Events

2SS-D2 Evaluate American culture, political beliefs and behaviors of individuals in the political process

AIMS Writing Practice

        Current Event #1 (Expectations)

        Current Event #2 (In class practice)

        Current Event #5 (In class opportunity)


Unit One: What is Government?

2SS-P1 Explain the philosophical foundations of the American political system in terms of the inalienable rights of man and the purpose of government.

        1 -What is Government?

        2 -Defining Government and the State

        3 -Origins of the State

        4 -The Preamble (School House Rock)

        5 -The Preamble Cont. (Explanation)

        6 -5 Basic Concepts of Democracy

        Review Game

        Unit 1 Test


Unit Two: Origins of American Government

2SS-P2 Analyze the historical sources and ideals of the structure of the United States government.

2SS-P3 Analyze why and how the United States Constitution was created by the framers.

        1- Our Political Foundations

        2- Text Influences on American Government 

                (Magna Carta, Petition of Right, English Bill of Rights)

        3- Colonial Conflict and Independence

        4- 1776 Declaration of Independence

                Beginning the video "1776"

        5- Declaration of Independence 

                (Questionnaire Activity)

        6- More of 1776

        7- Finish 1776 - Articles of Confederation

        8- Weaknesses of the Articles

        9- Constitutional Compromises

                New Jersey Plan, Virginia Plan, Connecticut Compromise

                Three-Fifth's Compromise, Commerce/Slave Trade Compromise

        10- Constitutional Compromises and Ratification

                Cooperative Activity: Federalist vs. the Anti-Federalist

        11- Unit Review Game

        12- Unit Test


Unit Three: The Constitution

2SS-P8 Analyze the rights, protections, limits, and freedoms included in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  

            Study Guide        Constitution Notes

        1- Six Basic Principles of the Constitution

               Popular Sovereignty, Limited Government (Rule of law), Separation of Powers,

               Checks and Balances, Judicial Review, Federalism

        2- Amending the Constitution 

                Formally and Informally

        3- Students Bill of Rights

        4- Review- Amending the Constitution, Bill of Rights

Unit Four: Federalism    

2SS-P7 Analyze the division and sharing of power within the federal system of government.

            Study Guide        Federalism Notes

        1-Federalism and Division of Powers

        2 -Types of Power (Expressed, Implied, Inherent, Reserved, Concurrent)

        3 -National Obligations to the States,

           Cooperative Federalism, and Interstate Relations

Unit Three/Four Assessment

        Constitution / Federalism Review Game

        Unit 3 / 4 Test


Unit Five: The Legislative Branch - Congress

2SS-P4 Analyze the structure, powers, and roles of the legislative branch of the United States government.

        1 -Intro to Congress

        2 -Bicameralism - House and Senate

        3 -The Senate - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington<<

        4 -More Mr. Smith

        5 -More Mr. Smith

        6 -Finish Mr. Smith - Organization of Congressss

        7 -Organization and Positions of Congress

        8 -Committees in Congress

        9 -Powers of Congress - Bill to a Law

        10 -How a Bill Becomes a Law (School Housee Rock)

        Review Game - Unit 5

        Unit 5 Test


2SS-P5 Analyze the structure, powers, and roles of the executive branch of the United States government.

    Presidential Projects

        Presidential Trading Cards 1 of 2

        Presidential Trading Cards 2 of 2

    Electoral College

        Electoral College 1 (Mock Election w/ Students)

        Electoral College 2 (Mock Election w/ 2004 Candidates)


Unit Six: The Judicial Branch

2SS-P6 Analyze the structure, powers, and roles of the judicial branch of the United States government, including landmark United States Supreme Court decisions

                Judicial Branch Notes

        1 -Intro to the Federal Court System

        2 -Federal Court System, Jurisdiction, and Judges

        3 -The Supreme Court

                    (Includes Plessy vs. Ferguson and Brown vs. Board of Ed.)

        4 -Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, KSS

                PowerPoint Presentation: Brown Vs Board of Education (Prepared 2004)

        5 -Special Courts

        Unit 6 Review Game (Used as unit assessment.)


Unit Seven: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2SS-D6 Develop and defend issues involving civil rights and civil liberties.

                Civil Rights Study  Guide            Unit Notes        

                1st  Amend. Notes                    1st Amend. Court Cases

        1- Intro to Civil Liberties

        2- Chapter Terms

        3- Freedom of Religion- Case Scenarios 1

        4- Freedom of Religion- Case Scenarios 2

        5- Obscenity and Free Speech

        6- Freedom of Speech and Press

        7- Freedom of Speech and Press Cont.

        8- Symbolic Speech (Past  Scenarios)

        9- Expression Through Political Cartoons (Political Cartoons)

        10- Freedom of Expression and National Security

        11- Freedom of Assembly and Petition

        12- Due Process of Law

        13- Security of the Person- Searches and Seizures

        14- Rights of the Accused

        15- Rights of Those Punished

        16- Begin "Eyes On The Prize" - PBS Civil Rights Documentary

        17- "Eyes On The Prize" Continued 1

        18- "Eyes On The Prize" Continued 2

        19- "Eyes On The Prize" Wrap Up

        20- Unit Closure - Bingo Term Review

        Unit 7 Review Game

        Unit 7 Test 




World History Lesson Plans


Az State Standards - Social Studies/History

PROFICIENCY (Grades 9-12)

FOCUS: World History (Ancient Greece to Modern Age)

Course Calendar


1SS-P4 (E12)    Describe the geographic, political, economic, and social characteristics of the Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and their enduring impact on later civilizations.

1SS-P4 (E13)    Describe the political and economic events and the social and geographic characteristics of Medieval European life and their enduring impacts on later civilizations.

1SS-P4    Describe the democratic and scientific revolutions as they evolved throughout the Enlightenment and their enduring effects on political, economic, and cultural institutions.

1SS-P5    Explain the causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution.


Unit: 19th Century Imperialism and Nationalism (Cover Sheet)

1SS-P6    Analyze patterns of change during the Nineteenth Century era of Imperialism from varied perspectives.

        Differentiation and Accommodations

    1-Clash between cultures (Zulu Wars, Sepoy Rebellion, Boxer Rebellion)

    2-Development of the British Empire

    3-European Conflict in Africa and Asia

    4-Responses to Colonization

    5-Unit Review

    6-Nationalism and Imperialism - Unit Assessment

    7-Correction of Unit Assessment – Day After


1SS-P7    Trace the causes, effects, and events of World War I.

1SS-P8    Analyze the causes and effects of World War II.

1SS-P9    Analyze the international developments after World War II and during the Cold War.

1SS-P10    Evaluate the ideologies and outcomes of independence movements in the developing world.




US History Lesson Plans


Az State Standards - Social Studies/History

PROFICIENCY (Grades 9-12)

FOCUS: US History / Arizona Modern History

(Industrial Revolution to Current Issues)


1SS-P11 Analyze the transformation of the American economy and the changing social and political conditions in the United States in response to the Industrial Revolution.

1SS-P12 Analyze the development of the American West and specifically Arizona.

1SS-P13 Analyze the United States’ expanding role in the world during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

1SS-P14 Analyze the major political, economic, and social developments that occurred between World War I and World War II, including the causes and effects of the Great Depression.

1SS-P15 Analyze the role of the United States in World War II.

1SS-P16 Analyze the impact of World War II and the Cold War on United States foreign policy.

1SS-P17 Analyze the development of voting and civil rights in the United States.

1SS-P18 Apply the skills of historical analysis to current social, political, geographic, and economic issues facing the United States.

(Distinction – Honors) 

1SS-D1 Analyze historical and current events as a historian using primary and secondary sources to evaluate the legitimacy of the commentaries of an event and draw conclusions.

1SS-D2 Use historical knowledge to draw conclusions in an attempt to explain where specific current events will lead.



Geography Lesson Plans


Az State Standards - Social Studies/History

PROFICIENCY (Grades 9-12)

FOCUS: The Contemporary Age


3SS-P1 Acquire, process, and analyze geographic information about people, places and environments by constructing, interpreting, and using geographic tools.

3SS-P2 Analyze natural and human characteristics of places in the world studied to define regions, their relationships, and their pattern of change.

3SS-P3 Analyze how economic, political, cultural, and social processes interact to shape patterns and characteristics of human populations, interdependence, and cooperation and conflict.

3SS-P4 Analyze the interactions between human activities and the natural world in different regions, including changes in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of natural resources.

13SS-P5 Apply geographic knowledge of people, places, and environments to understand the past and present and plan for the future.

(Distinction – Honors)

3SS-D1 Interpret a full range of geographic representations.

3SS-D2 Analyze the world’s physical geography, including Earth/Sun systems, weather systems, climate patterns, biogeography patterns, ocean characteristics, and basic landform processes.

3SS-D3 Interpret basic patterns of agricultural and rural land use.

3SS-D4 Interpret basic patterns of industrial and economic development.

3SS-D5 Interpret basic patterns of political geography.

3SS-D6 Interpret basic patterns of population geography.

3SS-D7 Interpret basic patterns of urban geography, including an analysis of case studies of urban growth.