This year your child will be learning about U.S.
Government and Economics.  This will provide Bellamy 8th
graders with a solid understanding of how our
government works.  Your child will also be taught basic
economic theory.  Both of these topics will provide the
students with a firm background for their forthcoming
high school years.
*Tests and Quizzes (multiple choice / Open Response)-
can the student find appropriate information to support
his/her answer to the key question?
*Homework: Can the student extract information from
the text and our notes, and write a thoughtful response
in complete sentences?
Smartboard & Powerpoint Presentation  Internet,
Textbook, Notes,
Handouts, Globe, pull-down maps, and Transparencies.
Was Shays' Rebellion caused by the weaknesses of the
Articles of Confederation?  Explain.
Charter, Constitution, Republic, Congress, Daniel Shays,
Sheffield Mass., Springfield Mass., Pelham Mass., Iroquois
Confederacy, Democracy, Ratified, Federal Government,
Confederation, Articles of Confederation, Ordinance,
Northwest Ordinance, Negotiated, Shays’ Rebellion, Daniel
Shays, The Regulators, State Bank, Articles of
Confederation, Militia, Legislature, Governor Bowdoin,
Springfield Armory, Constitutional Convention.
Hello Parents!
Mr. P's Class
Lesson Three
Key Question
USI.2 Explain the historical and
intellectual influences on the
American Revolution and the
formation and framework of the
American government. (H, C).
A. The legacy of ancient Greece and
B. The political theories of such
European philosophers as Locke and

Seminal Primary Documents to Read:
Mayflower Compact (1620).
USI.3 Explain the influence and ideas
of the Declaration of Independence
and the political philosophy of Thomas
Jefferson. (H, C)
Seminal Primary Documents to Read:
the Declaration of Independence
USI.6 Explain the reasons for the
adoption of the Articles of
Confederation in 1781,including why its
drafters created a weak central
government; analyze the
shortcomingsof the national
government under the Articles; and
describe the crucial events(e.g., Shays’
s Rebellion) leading to the
Constitutional Convention. (H, C)
Seminal Primary Documents to Read:
the Northwest Ordinance (1787)