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.
*Class participation; Can the student clearly explain the
concepts discussed?
*Open-Notebook Test (multiple choice / Open
- can the student find appropriate
information to support his/her answer to the questions?
*Homework: Can the student extract information from
the text, and write a thoughtful response in complete
Smartboard & Powerpoint Presentation (click here
for sample), Internet, GOOGLE EARTH SOFTWARE,
Textbook, Notes, Handouts, Globe, pull-down maps, and
Commander In Chief, Foreign Policy Leader, Chief Diplomat
Judicial Powers, Armed Forces, Foreign Policy, Diplomatic
Notes, Treaties, Justices, Pardons, Reprieves,
Commutation, Dignitaries, Cabinet, Secretary, Embassy,
Consulate, Visa, Tariffs, Passport, Civilian, D.O.D., I.R.S.,
Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Click HERE for map links.
Do you believe that the Federal government is too big
and wasteful, or do you believe that all of the
departments and agencies are necessary?  
Explain, and give three examples of agencies that prove
your point.
"The Executive Branch"
Hello Parents!
Mr. P's Class
Lesson Nine
Key Question
USI.11  Describe the purpose and
functions of government. (H, C).
USI.14 Explain the characteristics of
American democracy, including the
concepts of popular sovereignty and
constitutional government, which
includes representative institutions,
federalism, separation of powers,
shared powers, checks and balances,
and individual rights. (H, C)
USI.16 Describe the evolution of the
role of the federal government,
including public services, taxation,
economic policy, foreign policy, and
common defense. (H, C)