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
*Open-Notebook Test (multiple choice / Open Response)- 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 sentences?
Smartboard & Powerpoint Presentation (click here
for sample), Internet, GOOGLE EARTH SOFTWARE,
Textbook, Notes, Handouts, Globe, pull-down maps, and
Why is the U.S. Constitution called "elastic" or
"flexible"?  Give evidence of how those terms are
There are three ways to change the Constitution.  
Explain each procedure fully.
Discuss the amendment process, and explain each step.
* Amend * Interpretation * Custom * The Amendment
Process * Ratify * Delegates * Repeal *18th Amendment
* 21st Amendment *Interpreting the Constitution
*Custom and Tradition * Cabinet
Mr. P's Class
Lesson Nine
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
judiciary. (H, C)
role of the federal government,
including public
services, taxation, economic policy,
foreign policy, and common defense.
(H, C)