Can Do Goals-


I can recognize the political beginnings of the US Government

I can identify the coming of US independence

I can identify the critical period of forming the constitution

I can familiarize myself the the events leading to the creation of the constitution

I can familiarize myself the the events leading to the ratification of the constitution





Students define terms in Chapter 2 political dictionaries.

Students read Chapter 2.

Students complete all of Chapter 2's summative assessments.

Students take appropriate PowerPoint and documentary notes.




Chapter 2 political dictionary terms.

Chapter 2 summative assessment. 

The student will apply social science skills to understand the political philosophies that shaped the development of Virginia and United States constitutional government by
describing the development of Athenian democracy and the Roman republic to differentiate between a democracy and a republic;
explaining the influence of the Magna Carta, the English Petition of Rights, and the English Bill of Rights;
evaluating the writings of Hobbes, Locke, and Montesquieu;
explaining the guarantee of the "rights of Englishmen" set forth in the charters of the Virginia Company of London;
analyzing the natural rights philosophies expressed in the Declaration of Independence; and
evaluating and explaining George Mason's Virginia Declaration of Rights, Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and James Madison's leadership role in securing adoption of the Bill of Rights by the First Congress.