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
You have a great idea for a new Bill.  Describe the
process, in detail, of how a Bill becomes a law.
The Great Compromise, The House Of Representatives,
Census, District, Term, Constituent, Session, Special
Session, Initiative, Referendum, Majority Party, Minority
Party, Speaker Of The House, Speaker Of The Senate,
Majority Leader, Minority Leader, President Pro-Tempore,
Party Whip, Bill, Committee, Veto, Sign,  Sub-Committee,
Conference Committee, Select Committee, Joint
Committee, Petition, Proposition, Ballot.
Click HERE for map links.
"The Legislative Branch"
Hello Parents!
Mr. P's Class
Lesson Eight
Key Question
Explain the roles of various founders
at the Constitutional Convention.
Describe the major debates that
occurred at the Convention and the
“Great Compromise” that was
reached. (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.21 Describe how decisions are
made in a democracy, including the
role of legislatures, courts,
executives, and the public. (H, C)