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UNIT 7- Economics (chapters 18-21)
  • Law of Supply & Demand (p.423)
  • Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes
  • Traditional, Market, Command, and Mixed Economies
  • Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations, Cooperatives, & Nonprofits
  • Capital, Costs, Profit
  • The Business Cycle (.p445)
  • Goods, Services, Consumers, Producers, Labor, Resources, Needs, Wants
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Monetary Policy
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Principle, Interest
  • Economic Indicators
  • Revenue
  • Tax
    • Progressive, Regressive, Income, Property, Sales
  • Budget
    • Process, Expenditures, deficits

UNIT 1- Background (chapters 1&2)
  • E. Pluribus Unum
  • Why do people need governments? (p4)
  • What are 4 things that effective governments do for their people? (p5)
  • Types of governments
  • Citizenship, Immigration, Naturalization Process
  • REX/LEX vs. LEX/REX
  • English roots/development of representative-democracy
  • Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • Social Contract, Balancing Rights & Responsibilities
  • 3rd & 4th Paragraphs of Declaration of Independence; "We hold these truths... consent of the governed."
  • 5 BV Social Studies Standards, 10 National Standards

UNIT 2- Constitution (chapters 3&4)
  • Federalism, Regionalism, Compromise
  • Federalists, Antifederalists
  • Preamble; principles/goals (see p.64)
  • Mission/Purpose Statements
  • Checks & Balances
  • Division of powers, Enumerated Powers
  • Supremacy clause
  • Popular Sovereignty
  • Amendment Process, ratification
  • Interpretation
  • Necessary & Proper Clause
  • Bill of Rights
  • Protection against Abuse of Power (Amendments 1-4)
  • Protection the Accused (Amendments 5-8)
  • Implied Powers & Reserved Powers (Amendments 9-10)
  • Civil War Amendments (13, 14, 15)
  • Voting Rights & Elections (17, 19, 23, 24, & 26)
  • UN Declaration of Universal Human Rights

UNIT 3- Citizenship/Rights & Responsibilities (chapters 5-8)
  • Security, Equality, Liberty
  • Limits on rights
  • Civil Rights Movement; discrimination, equal protection, due process
  • Responsibilities & duties
  • Informed electorate, Current Events
  • Participatory democracy
  • Diversity
  • Public/Common
  • Activism, Parties, Politics, Campaigns
  • Caucus, Primary, Elections, Political Action Committees
  • Electoral College, Redistricting, Initiatives, Proposition, Referendum, Recall
  • Opinions, Special Interest Groups, Lobbying

UNIT 4- National Government (chapters 9-12)
  • Bill, Law, Legislative Process
  • Legislative Branch, Roles/Powers
  • Executive Branch, Presidential Roles/Powers
  • Judicial Branch, Roles/Powers
  • Judicial Review, Constitutional Interpretation, Common Law, Precedent


UNIT 5- State & Local Government (chapters 13-15)
  • Interaction, Structure, Role/Powers, Challenges
  • Community, Social, Environmental Issues

UNIT 6- Law & Order (chapters 16-17)
  • Purpose, Origins/Development
  • Rights & Responsibilities
  • Civil Law, Criminal Law
  • Curb & Rule, Incentives/Deterrents
  • Judicial Process


UNIT 8- US & the World (chapters 22-24)
  • Comparative Governments
  • US Foreign Policy
  • United Nations
  • US Interests
  • Global Economy, Environment, Community

IA UNIT - Iowa History, Govt. & Econ. (Supplemental)
  • Iowan
    1. GEOGRAPHY: Iowan people, places, and environments.
    2. GOVERNMENT: state/local political systems and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
    3. CULTURE & COMMUNITY: ways Iowans live, behave, and interact.
    4. HISTORY: Time, Continuity, and Change... of Iowa
    5. ECONOMICS: ways Iowans organize for distribution, and consumption of goods and services... like cattle, pigs, corn and soybeans! (:

CYBER UNIT- Digital Citizenship (Supplemental)
  • Interactive nature of the modern World Wide Web
  • Commerce, health, safety, bullying, social media, "netiquette"
  • Development, history, rights, law
  • Role in news, information, and political activism, & public opinion