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Below is a sample breakdown of the Sources of 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||Branches of government||Declaration of Independence, checks and balances, legislative, executive and judicial branches|
|Tuesday||U.S. Constitution and constitutional law||House of Representatives, Senate, supremacy clause, Bill of Rights, preamble and judicial review|
|Wednesday||Executive orders and clauses||Presidential power, commerce clause, 14th Amendment, jurisdiction, state law and contract rights|
|Thursday||Federalism and treaties||Federalism, 10th Amendment, statutes, regulatory agencies and federal laws|
|Friday||Administrative law and jurisprudence||Rules and regulations, administrative law, laws of nature and influence of personal views on law|
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. What Is Constitutional Law? - Definition & Example
Constitutional law deals with the understanding and use of the United States Constitution. This lesson will define and discuss constitutional law, while examining several famous constitutional law cases.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. U.S. Constitution: Definition and the Judicial Review of Marbury v. Madison
Our United States Constitution is known as the 'Supreme Law of the Land.' The United States Supreme Court determines when other laws are in conflict with the Constitution. This lesson explains the concepts of supremacy and judicial review.
6. Presidential Executive Order: Definition & Example
Presidential Executive orders are rules issued by the president to an executive branch of government. These orders are law. This lesson explains what Executive orders are and how they are used.
7. 'Necessary & Proper' and Interstate Commerce Clauses
The United States Constitution includes several important provisions that empower the United States Congress to make particular laws. This lesson explores the necessary and proper clause and the commerce clause.
8. Privileges & Immunities Clause: Definition & Examples
The United States Constitution includes two privileges and immunities clauses. These clauses protect citizens' fundamental rights and prevent states from discriminating against out-of-state citizens. This lesson explores the use of the privileges and immunities clauses, including how these clauses are used in business relations.
9. Full Faith & Credit Clause: Definition & Examples
The Full Faith and Credit Clause was a key addition to the United States Constitution because it helped to unify the independent states. This lesson explains the Constitution's Full Faith and Credit Clause.
10. Contracts Clause: Examples & Definition
The United States Constitution's Obligations of Contracts Clause was drafted in order to keep states from interfering with private contracts. This lesson explains the use of the Contracts Clause in business and how the interpretation of the Contracts Clause has changed over time.
11. Federalism & the Supremacy Clause: Definition & Example
The United States is a federalist government, where the citizens are subject to the powers of several governmental units. Our United States Constitution tells us that the federal government is the highest, or supreme, governmental power. This lesson explores the concept of federalism and the supremacy clause.
12. Local, State & Federal Ordinances: Definitions and Differences
In the United States, people are subject to the powers of several governmental units. Citizens must comply with federal, state and local laws - all at the same time. This lesson explores the definitions and differences between federal, state and local laws.
13. Treaties and the Law: Definition & Examples
A treaty is an express agreement entered into by official representatives from two or more independent governments. Treaties are law. This lesson explains what a treaty is and how treaties are used.
14. Administrative/Regulatory Law: Definition & Example Cases
Administrative laws are those laws that govern the formation and operation of administrative agencies and the rulings made by administrative agencies. This type of law is sometimes called regulatory law. This lesson explores administrative law and administrative agencies.
15. Schools of Jurisprudence: Theories & Definitions
Jurisprudence is the study of law, or the philosophy of law. It helps us better understand the creation, application, and enforcement of laws. This lesson explains what jurisprudence is, and explores some specific schools of jurisprudence.
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