Can Do Goals-


I can begin benchmark testing.

I can define government and the basic powers every government holds

I can describe the four defining characteristics of a state

I can identify four theories that attempt to explain the origin of the state

I can understand the purpose of government

I can classify government according to three sets of characteristics

I can define systems of government based on who can participate

I can identify different ways that powers can be distributed

I can describe the distribution of powers between the executive and legislative branch




Students complete benchmark testing.

Students define terms in the Chapter 1.1 political dictionary.

Students begin reading chapter 1.1.

Students complete Chapter 1.1 summative assessment.

 Students define terms in the Chapter 1.2 political dictionary.

Students begin reading chapter 1.2.

Students complete Chapter 1.2 summative assessment.




Chapter 1.1,2 political dictionary terms.

Chapter 1.1,2 summative assessment. 

The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by
planning inquiries by synthesizing information from diverse primary and secondary sources;
analyzing how political and economic trends influence public policy, using demographic information and other data sources;
comparing and contrasting historical, cultural, economic, and political perspectives;
evaluating critically the quality, accuracy, and validity of information to determine misconceptions, fact and opinion, and bias;
constructing informed, analytic arguments, using evidence from multiple sources to introduce and support substantive and significant claims;
explaining how cause-and-effect relationships impact political and economic events;
taking knowledgeable, constructive action, individually and collaboratively, to address school, community, local, state, national, and global issues;
using a decision-making model to analyze the costs and benefits of a specific choice, considering incentives and possible consequences;
applying civic virtues and democratic principles to make collaborative decisions; and
communicating conclusions orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences, using evidence from multiple sources and citing specific sources.