Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

The U.S. Constitution + Federalism
(4-5 weeks)
GOVT.4a - Ratification Debates and "The Federalist"
GOVT.4b - The Preamble of the United States Constitution
GOVT.4c - Fundamental Political Principles
GOVT.4d - Articles of the United States Constitution
GOVT.4e - The Amendment Process
GOVT.5a, b, c, d - Federal System of Government

Basic Ideas of Government and American Citizenship
(2 weeks)
GOVT.16a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j - Thoughtful and Effective Participation in Civic Life
GOVT.3a, b, c, d, e - Concepts of Democracy

Foundations of American Government
(2 weeks)
GOVT.2a - Political Philosophies
GOVT.2b - Magna Carta, the English Petition of Rights, and the English Bill of Rights
GOVT.2c - the writings of Hobbes, Locke, and Montesquieu
GOVT.2d - “Rights of Englishmen”
GOVT.2e - Natural rights philosophies expressed in the Declaration of Independence
GOVT.2f - Famous Documents
BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT CUTOFF

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
(2 weeks)
GOVT.11a - Bill of Rights
GOVT.11b - Due Process in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments
GOVT.11c - Supreme Court Protections of the Bill of Rights
GOVT.11d - Balance between Individual Liberties and Public Interest
GOVT.11e - Civil Liberties and Rights Protections Under the Law

Political Culture and the Political Process
(3-4 weeks)
GOVT.6a - Local, State, and National Elections
GOVT.6b - Nomination and Election Process
GOVT.6c - Campaign Funding
GOVT.6d - Media Coverage and Influence on Elections
GOVT.6e - Right to Vote
GOVT.6f - Amendments Extending Suffrage
GOVT.8d - Individuals and Interest Groups' Influence on State and Local Governments
GOVT.8e - How Individuals Influence Policy Making at the State and Local Level
GOVT.9b - Different Perspectives on the Role of Government
GOVT.9f - Incentives of Individuals, Interest Groups, and the Media
GOVT.9g - How Students Demonstrate Responsible Citizenship

Institutions of Government: Legislative Branch
3-4 weeks
GOVT.7a - Powers of the National Government
GOVT.7b - Checks and Balances & Separation of Powers
GOVT.12a - Responsibilities of the National Government for Foreign Policy and National Security

Institutions of Government: Executive Branch
(3-4 weeks)
GOVT.7a - Powers of the National Government
GOVT.7b - Checks and Balances & Separation of Powers
GOVT.12a - Responsibilities of the National Government for Foreign Policy and National Security

The Federal Bureaucracy
(1 week)
GOVT.9e - Policy Implementation by the Bureaucracy at Each Level

Institutions of U.S. Government: Judicial Branch
(3-4 weeks)
GOVT.7a - Powers of the National Government
GOVT.7b - Checks and Balances & Separation of Powers
GOVT.10a - Organization, Jurisdiction, and Proceedings of Federal Courts
GOVT.10b - Marshall Court & Marbury v. Madison
GOVT.10c - Process for Supreme Court Deciding Cases
GOVT.10d - Judicial Activism and Judicial Restraint
GOVT.10e - How the Judiciary Influences Public Policy

State and Local Government
(2-3 weeks)
GOVT.8a - Powers of the State and Local Governments
GOVT.8b - Structures and Powers of Local Government
GOVT.8c - Relationship Between State and Local Governments
GOVT.8d - Individuals and Interest Groups' Influence on State and Local Governments
GOVT.8e - How Individuals Influence Policy Making at the State and Local Level
GOVT.9d - How State and Local Governments Influence Public Agenda
GOVT.9e - Policy Implementation by the Bureaucracy at Each Level

Public Policy: Foreign and Economic
(3-4 weeks)
GOVT.12a - Responsibilities of the National Government for Foreign Policy and National Security
GOVT.12b - Role of National Interest in Shaping Foreign Policy
GOVT.12c - Relationship of Virginia and the United States to the Global Economy
GOVT.14a - Economic Questions
GOVT.14b - Economic Systems
GOVT.14c - Government's Role in the Economy
GOVT.15a - Government Goods and Services
GOVT.15b - Government's Establishment and Maintenance of Rules and Institutions
GOVT.15c - Types and Purposes of Taxation
GOVT.15d - Congress Fiscal Policy
GOVT.15e - Federal Reserve Bank

Comparative Governments
(1-2 weeks)
GOVT.13a, b, c, d - World Governments and Economies Comparison to the United States Governments and Economies

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ELL 6-12 Standards