Age 12-14 notify me

Civics Unit

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Heidi W
Aurora, IL
2/18/2019
I am looking at curriculum for next fall. I am wondering if the Civics Unit would cover all the things I remember we had to learn in 8th grade. I remember having to pass a Constitution Test and am wondering how thorough this unit is. I would possibly use the whole social studies unit and just want to make sure we cover the U.S. government info properly
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Keith H
College Station, TX
2/19/2019
Hello Heidi,

Thanks for your question. For a unit that lasts about 3.5 weeks, it does go into a decent amount of detail regarding the constitution, but it certainly doesn't go into the level of detail that a semester or year long civics course would.

Students learn about the predecessors of the constitution and read sections of the Magna Carta and the Articles of Confederation. They discuss the inadequacies of both of these and why the constitution was needed. They explore the debate between the federalists and the anti-federalists.

In the lessons that deal specifically with the constitution students focus on the bill of rights, and the parts of the constitution that grant powers to the executive, legislative, and judicial branch. There is also a look at the apportionment of power between the federal and state governments.

The final two lessons move away from the constitution and look at state and local governments and citizenship.

I really enjoy reading about the constitution and constitutional law, so I had a nice time reviewing the unit for you this morning. In a longer unit, I would like to see more time given to amendments outside of the bill of rights, but we do touch on these as you go through the rest of the Age 12-14 level. For example, we discuss the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments in the unit on the civil war.

The following link should be helpful as it shows the review items for the unit.

Civics Review Sheet

Let me know if you have additional questions.
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Heidi W
Aurora, IL
2/19/2019
Thank you, that is a great help in trying to determine curriculum!!!