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 (click here
for sample), Internet, GOOGLE EARTH SOFTWARE,
Textbook, Notes, Handouts, Globe, pull-down maps, and
Transparencies.
1619 was an important year for democracy in North
America.  Did everyone in North America get to
participate in democracy?  Explain.
Vocabulary
BERINGIA, TAINOS, FUND, COLONY, DEMOCRACY,
TOBACCO, RAW MATERIALS, POWHATTAN, JOHN SMITH,  
GREAT MIGRATION, CONSTITUTION, PURITANS, JOHN
WINTHROP, MASSACHUSETTS BAY COLONY,
WAMPANOAGS, SEPARATISTS, PILGRIMS, GENERAL
COURT, MAYFLOWER COMPACT, CONSTITUTION,
KING CHARLES I, THE GREAT MIGRATION, VIRGINIA
HOUSE OF BURGESSES, MAGNA CARTA, ENGLISH BILL OF
RIGHTS.
EUROPE, ENGLAND, GREAT BRITAIN, HOLLAND
(NETHERLANDS), NORTH AMERICA, ATLANTIC OCEAN,
NEW ENGLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, PLYMOUTH, VIRGINIA
Click HERE for map links.
"American Beginnings"
STATE STANDARDS
Hello Parents!
Assessment
Mr. P's Class
Locate
Key Question
(H, C)
A.  The impact on the colonies of the
French and Indian War, including how
the war led to an overhaul of British
imperial policy from 1763 to 1775
B.  How freedom from European
feudalism and aristocracy and the
widespread ownership of property
fostered individualism and
contributed to the Revolution.
intellectual influences on the
American Revolution and the
formation and framework of the
American government. (H, C).
A. The legacy of ancient Greece and
Rome
B. The political theories of such
European philosophers as Locke and
Montesquieu.

Seminal Primary Documents to Read:
Mayflower Compact (1620).
Locke’s Treatises of Civil Government
(1690), Pennsylvania Charter of
Privileges (1701), Virginia Declaration
of Rights (1776), Declaration of
Independence (1776), United States
Constitution (1787), Bill of Rights
(1791), and the Massachusetts
Constitution of 1780.