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Below is a sample breakdown of the History of American Law chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Origins of American law||English common law and the contributions of Sir William Blackstone|
|Tuesday||Business law overview||Legal specialties relevant to the establishment and operation of a business|
|Wednesday||The development of American law||Components of the U.S. Constitution and legal developments following the end of the Revolutionary War|
|Thursday||Stare decisis doctrine||Legal precedent and the obligation of courts to consider previous rulings|
|Friday||Early American government||The Articles of Confederation, the Northwest Ordinance, the Constitutional Convention, and the Great Compromise|
1. American Law: History & Origins from English Common Law
Our modern American law system is based on centuries of English principles regarding right and wrong. This English common law system combines with U.S. case decisions and statutes to form what we know as law. This lesson examines the origins and definitions associated with the American law system.
2. What Is Business Law? - Definition & Overview
Business law is a broad area of law. It covers many different types of laws and many different topics. This lesson explains generally what business law is and how it's used.
3. Development of American Law After the American Revolution
The patriot movement and American Revolution generated the democratic government known in the United States today. This lesson discusses the process of creating the new nation through innovative laws.
4. Stare Decisis Doctrine: Definition & Example Cases
The doctrines of stare decisis and precedent are the foundations of our American common law system. This lesson explains what these doctrines are and how they are used.
5. The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance
The Articles of Confederation was the new nation's founding document, but the government established under the Articles was too weak. The new central government had no way of raising revenue and no ability to enforce the commitments made by the states. The Northwest Ordinance paved the way for the growth of the new nation.
6. The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise
The Constitutional Convention was intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. Instead, those in attendance set out to found a republic (the likes of which had never been seen), which is still going strong well over 200 years later. To accomplish this task, compromises had to be made. The Great Compromise designed the bicameral congress the U.S. has today.
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