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
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
Transparencies.
Vocabulary
PARTY, REPUBLICAN PARTY, TWO-PARTY SYSTEM,
PETITION, CONVENTION, CAUCUS, PRIMARY ELECTION,
DISENFRANCHISED, PARTISAN, ELIGIBLE, CITIZENS,
REGISTER, ECONOMIC ISSUES, SOCIAL ISSUES,
DEFENSE, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, DOMESTIC TRADE,
CONSERVATIVE, LIBERAL, MODERATE, ELECTORAL
COLLEGE, ELECTORS, U.S. CENSUS, POPULAR VOTES.
Many voters feel that the Electoral College is a relic
from the old days, and should be eliminated.  
Others argue that it is still a useful tool for
preserving states' rights.  How do you feel?  
Explain your answer with a description of how the
Electoral College works.
"Voting In The U.S.A."
STATE STANDARDS
Hello Parents!
Assessment
Materials
Mr. P's Class
Lesson Fourteen
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)