Ch 49: NYSTCE Social Studies: U.S. Government

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Further develop your understanding of the history, structure and functions of the U.S. government with the descriptive and engaging video lessons in this study guide chapter. These informative lessons and corresponding quizzes are the perfect study material to use when prepping for the NYSTCE Social Studies exam.

NYSTCE Social Studies: U.S. Government - Chapter Summary

Having a solid understanding of the historical origins, infrastructure and importance of our government encourages us to become involved, informed and productive citizens. Use this NYSTCE Social Studies study guide chapter to refresh your knowledge of the foundations of the U.S government, including:

  • Democratic ideals from the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence
  • Examination of the U.S. Constitution, including constitutional rights
  • Analysis of America's core values and the guiding principles reflected in government policies
  • Citizens' rights and responsibilities in democratic politics and government
  • Explanation of Federalism and its basis in U.S. government

The thorough coverage of key topics in these study guide lessons serve as effective preparation for these types of questions on the NYSTCE Social Studies exam. Utilize all the resources provided in this chapter, including self-assessment lesson quizzes and a chapter exam, full video transcripts with highlighted keywords and full access to instructors to ensure full material comprehension and test readiness.

8 Lessons in Chapter 49: NYSTCE Social Studies: U.S. Government
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From the Magna Carta to the American Declaration of Independence

1. From the Magna Carta to the American Declaration of Independence

In this lesson, we will trace the legacy of democratic ideals from the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence. We will highlight the key developments of democracy throughout the Medieval period and into the modern age.

The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

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.

Constitutional Rights: History, Denials & Achievements

3. Constitutional Rights: History, Denials & Achievements

In this lesson we will learn about constitutional rights in the United States. We will explore the history behind the U.S. Constitution and its implementation. We will also address incidents of constitutional achievements and denials.

America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

4. America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of America's core values. We will focus especially on liberty, self-government, equality, individualism, diversity, and unity.

The Core Principles of American Government

5. The Core Principles of American Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.

Civic Duty: Definition & Examples

6. Civic Duty: Definition & Examples

Civic duties are legally mandated responsibilities that all citizens are required to fulfill. Failure to fulfill these obligations could result in legal punishment. We'll look at some examples in American society.

What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

7. What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

The United States government is based on federalism, with governmental power divided between several entities. This lesson explores federalism and explains the factors that led to its use in the U.S.

The Individual's Role in 20th Century U.S. Politics

8. The Individual's Role in 20th Century U.S. Politics

In this lesson we will examine the role the individual in 20th century U.S. politics. We will highlight key themes and developments to show how the role of the individual has expanded throughout the course of 20th century American politics.

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