Quarter 1, Week 4

TeacherStacy Gregorski
Subject AreaCivics
Grade Level7th Grade
Week #Week #4
Unit of InstructionUnit 2 - America’s Political Heritage
Standard(s) Taught

Unit Curriculum Standards

Unit Benchmarks

*Recognize how Enlightenment ideas including Montesquieu’s view of separation of power and John Locke’s theories related to natural law and how Locke’s social contract influenced the Founding Fathers.


*Trace the impact that the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, Mayflower Compact, and Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” had on colonists’ views of government.


*Describe how English policies and responses to colonial concerns led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence.

1.    Recognize the themes of taxation without representation and individual rights.


*Analyze the ideas (natural rights, role of the government) and complaints set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

1.    Recognize the following colonial complaints: imposing taxes without consent, suspending trial by jury, limiting judicial powers, quartering soldiers, and dissolving legislatures.


*Define the rule of law and recognize its influence on the development of the American legal, political, and governmental systems.

1.    Assess the importance of rule of law in protecting citizens from arbitrary and abusive uses of power.


****Compare different forms of government (direct democracy, representative democracy, socialism, communism, monarchy, oligarchy, autocracy).

1.    Analyze scenarios describing various forms of government.


Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  • Students will compare and contrast the different types of government.
  • Students will analyze John Locke’s idea of natural rights and synthesize the need for government.

Classroom Activities
  • Types of Government PowerPoint Presentation and Group Presentation
  • Vocabulary Flip Books
  • “Who Rules” Activity
  • Types of Government Quiz
  • John Locke PowerPoint Presentation and Group Discussion
Assignments Due
  • Study for “Types of Government Quiz” using PowerPoint and Flip Books
    • 1st – 4th on Thursday 9/21
    • 5th – 8th on Friday 9/22
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