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Principles of American Government - Chapter Summary
Top instructors have developed short and informative lessons to make it easy for students to fit their review of the principles of American government into their busy schedules. Topics covered in this chapter include the Articles of Confederation, core principles of American government, the process of amending the Constitution and more. Exploring the lessons will ensure students are able to:
- Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
- Describe colonial grievances and their impact on early American government
- Summarize the U.S. Constitution, and describe documents that influenced its creation
- Identify the core principles of American government
- Differentiate between formal and informal constitutional changes
- Detail the process of amending the Constitution
- Explain the evolution of American Federalism from 1787 to present
This chapter is filled with helpful resources students can use to boost their knowledge of the principles of American government. In addition to reviewing lessons, students can take short quizzes to gauge how much they understand about lesson concepts. If they want to test their knowledge in a more comprehensive manner, a practice chapter exam is available. Any questions students have about lesson topics can be submitted to our experts.
1. Articles of Confederation: Strengths & Weaknesses
We pay federal taxes and give more power to the federal government than we do the state because the Articles of Confederation failed miserably as the first constitution. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation here.
2. Colonial Grievances & Early American Government
This lesson will look at grievances of the American colonies that are listed in the Declaration of Independence and explain how those grievances influenced the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
3. Influential Documents for the U.S. Constitution
The U.S. Constitution is a very important document, but the ideas within reflect centuries of innovative ideas about government and society. Explore various documents that influenced the U.S. Constitution.
4. The Constitution of the United States: Summary & Analysis
The United States Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. In this lesson, we will summarize its components, including the preamble, articles, and its first ten amendments.
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.
6. Formal vs. Informal Constitutional Changes: Definition & Examples
The United States Constitution is made to be changed. In this lesson, we will discuss the various processes of changing the Constitution, both formally and informally.
7. 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.
8. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937
Though federalism is written into the United States Constitution, federalism hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism through the Great Depression.
9. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present
Federalism is written into the United States Constitution, but it hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism from the Great Depression to today.
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Other chapters within the STAAR Social Studies - Grade 8: Test Prep & Practice course
- European Exploration & Colonization in America
- The Revolutionary Era
- Important People of the Revolutionary War
- Early American Government
- Jacksonian America
- Westward Expansion in America
- Sectionalism in the U.S.
- The American Civil War Era
- Famous Addresses of the American Civil War
- Significant Civil War Era Figures
- The Reconstruction Era After the American Civil War
- American Geography Overview
- History of American Immigration
- Defining American Culture
- History of American Arts
- Origin of Self-Government
- U.S. Supreme Court Cases & Decisions
- American Citizenship Overview
- American Political Parties & Interest Groups
- American Leadership & Contributions
- History of American Economics
- Impact of Science & Technology on American Society
- Social Studies Skills
- About the STARR Tests
- STAAR Social Studies - Grade 8 Flashcards