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
Which is the most important of the first ten
amendments?  Why?
*Bill of Rights *Amendments 1-10 *The 5 Freedoms
*Freedom Of Religion *Freedom of Speech *Freedom of
the Press *Freedom of Assembly *Freedom of Petition
*Grand Jury *Bail *Ratification
"The U.S. Constitution & the Bill Of Rights"
Hello Parents!
Mr. P's Class
Lesson Six
Key Question
USI.8 Describe the debate over the
ratification of the Constitution
between Federalists and
Anti-Federalists and explain the key
ideas contained in the Federalist
on federalism, factions, checks and
balances, and the importance of an
independent judiciary. (H, C)
Seminal Primary Documents to Read:
Federalist Paper number 10
Seminal Primary Documents to
Consider: Federalist Papers numbers
1, 9, 39, 51, and 78.
USI.9 Explain the reasons for the A.
the influence of the British concept of
limited government
B. the particular ways in which the Bill
of Rights protects basic freedoms,
restricts government power, and
ensures rights to persons accused of
Seminal Primary Documents to Read:
the Bill of Rights (1791)
Seminal Primary Documents to
Consider: Magna Carta (1215) and
the English Bill of Rights (1689)
USI.10 On a map of North America,
identify the first 13 states to ratify the