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Students will learn:
- The three branches of government
- The preamble, articles and amendments of the Constitution
- An overview of the amendments and what they address
- Process of amending the Constitution
- The Bill of Rights
- Citizenship: process and responsibilities
- U.S. politics: parties, participation, elections and special interest groups
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1. The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial
In 1787, leaders from each of the states gathered to write the United States Constitution. The Constitution sets out how our nation is governed and creates a system that separates powers between different branches. This lesson explores the three branches of our federal government.
2. The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments
The U.S. Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. It establishes the government of the United States, and its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, assures every U.S. citizen the rights we have all come to hold dear.
3. The Process of Amending the Constitution
Amending the United States Constitution is a complicated process. It's only been accomplished 27 times. This lesson outlines the process by which the U.S. Constitution can be amended.
4. The Election-Related Amendments of the US Constitution
This lesson will define the term ''amendment'' in reference to the United States Constitution. It will then focus on election procedures as delineated in Amendments 12, 17, 20, 22, 23, 25, & 27.
5. Voting Rights Amendments of the US Constitution
This lesson will explore the 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments of the United States Constitution. In doing so, it will define the term 'amendments' while also discussing how each of these changed the vote within America.
6. The Prohibition Amendments of the US Constitution
This lesson will explain the era of Prohibition. It will highlight the temperance movement, the Volstead Act, and the 18th and 21st Amendments. It will also define speakeasies and bootlegging.
7. The 11th, 13th, 14th & 16th Amendments of the US Constitution
This lesson will define the 11th, 13th, 14th, and 16th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. It will define the terms amendment and ratify, while also highlighting the clauses of the 14th Amendment.
8. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments
The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.
9. US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities
This lesson will delineate the procedure of U.S. naturalization. It will also explain the responsibilities and mandatory duties of citizenship, as well as the Selective Service Act.
10. Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout
Despite an increase in the number of eligible voters, political participation in the United States seems to be on the decline. This lesson discusses influences on political participation and voter turnout.
11. Political Power: Political Parties, Interest Groups & Political Action Committees (PACs)
Sociologists often analyze political power by examining the relationship between those who hold power and those who seek it. We'll discuss political power and distinguish between political parties, special interest groups, and Political Action Committees.
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Other chapters within the Holt United States History: Online Textbook Help course
- Holt United States History Chapter 1: The World Before the Opening of the Atlantic (Beginnings to 1500)
- Holt United States History Chapter 2: New Empires in the Americas (1400-1750)
- Holt United States History Chapter 3: The English Colonies (1605-1774)
- Holt United States History Chapter 4: The American Revolution (1774-1783)
- Holt United States History Chapter 5: Forming a Government (1777-1791)
- Holt United States History Chapter 7: Launching the Nation (1789-1800)
- Holt United States History Chapter 8: The Jefferson Era (1800-1815)
- Holt United States History Chapter 9: A New National Identity (1812-1830)
- Holt United States History Chapter 10: The Age of Jackson (1828-1840)
- Holt United States History Chapter 11: Expanding West (1800-1855)
- Holt United States History Chapter 12: The North (1790-1860)
- Holt United States History Chapter 13: The South (1790-1860)
- Holt United States History Chapter 14: New Movements in America (1815-1850)
- Holt United States History Chapter 15: A Divided Nation (1848-1860)
- Holt United States History Chapter 16: The Civil War (1861-1865)
- Holt United States History Chapter 17: Reconstruction (1865-1877)
- Holt United States History Chapter 18: Americans Move West (1850-1890)
- Holt United States History Chapter 19: The Industrial Age (1876-1900)
- Holt United States History Chapter 20: Immigrants & Urban Life (1872-1914)
- Holt United States History Chapter 21: The Progressive Spirit of Reform (1868-1920)
- Holt United States History Chapter 22: America As a World Power (1867-1920)