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Page 1: The United States Constitution. The United States Constitution Targets I can explain how the United States Constitution is structured and what it entails

The United States Constitution

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The United States The United States Constitution TargetsConstitution Targets

• I can explain how the United States Constitution is structured and what it entails.

• I can break down and describe the Preamble to the United States Constitution.

• I can explain different Core Democratic Values and how they are linked to the United States Constitution.

• I can describe each of the Articles to the United States Constitution and what they uphold.

• I can depict different amendments to the United States Constitution and understand why these changes were necessary.

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CORE DEMOCRATIC VALUES

The building blocks of our government and the rules and liberties of our country.

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Core Democratic ValuesCore Democratic Values• Core: the central part of anything, the most important part• Democratic: government by the people, directly through representatives• Values: principles and ideas that we think highly of

• Examples of values: manner/being polite, compassion/helping others, faith or religion, good sportsmanship, education, hard work, loyalty

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So what are the So what are the Core Democratic Values?Core Democratic Values?

1. Individual Rights : Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

2. Common Good3. Justice4. Equality5. Diversity6. Truth7. Popular Sovereignty8. Patriotism9. Rule of Law

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“Life”Definition: An individual has the right to life, except in extreme cases, such as when a person is killed when threatening the life of someone else.

Individual RightsIndividual Rights

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“Liberty”

Individual RightsIndividual Rights

Definition: A citizen has the right to act, think, and believe as he/she wants without government interference, freedom of ideas, speech, religion,

press, privacy and many others.

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“Pursuit of Happiness”Definition: A person has the right to find happiness in his/her own way as long as he/she does not infringe on the rights of others.

Individual RightsIndividual Rights

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Public Policy Issue #1Public Policy Issue #1Topic: School Uniforms

Should students wear school uniforms?

1. State your opinion and restate the question.• I feel that students should or should not be required to

wear school uniforms.

2. Use a CDV to make an argument that SUPPORTS your position

• The CDV of liberty allows for freedom to choose what clothes students wear to school.

3. Write one or more additional sentences that SUPPORT your position.

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“Common Good”Definition: Everyone should work together for the good of all, sometimes people should give up some personal freedoms for the good of a larger group.

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Common GoodCommon Good• The right to decide for yourself is

not always allowed.• Societies need rules to live in a

safe way.• United States citizens vote for

government representatives who make laws to protect us from doing foolish things.

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Common GoodCommon Good

• Often times, laws for the Common Good take individual rights away to protect the public.– Ex: restrictions placed upon private property

usage (zoning laws)– Ex: no smoking in restaurants (new law March 1)– Ex: no smoking on school property

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Common Good• Provides for safety and security

• Provides for the common defense

• Promotes domestic tranquility (peace and harmony at home) by having laws that promote equality and justice for all.

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Public Policy Issue #2• Topic: School Rules

• Should schools have rules?

1. State your opinion and restate the question.

• I believe that schools should/should not have rules.

2. Use a CDV to make an argument that SUPPORTS your position

3. Write one or more additional sentences that SUPPORT your position.

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“Justice”Definition: All people should be treated fairly. No group should be favored.

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“Equality”Definition: Everyone should get the same treatment regardless of where they are from, their race, religion, or wealth.

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“Diversity”Definition: America is a mixture of different cultures blended together with equal liberties under the law.

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“Truth”Definition: The government and citizens of the United States should not lie.

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“Popular Sovereignty”

Definition: The Power of the Government comes from the people.

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“Patriotism”Definition: Citizens should show respect and loyalty to our country and the core democratic values.

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“Rule of Law”Definition: Everyone, including government officials, must obey the law.