United States Government 

Standard 2: Foundations of US Government

Content Standard 2: The student will describe the historical and philosophical foundations of the republican system of government in the United States.
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2.1
Summarize the major documents contributing to the formation of constitutional government in the United States, including the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact and the English Bill of Rights.
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2.2
Identify the central ideas and importance of the concept of inalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the social contract, and the grievances stated in the Declaration of Independence and reflected in the Constitution of the United States.
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2.3
Evaluate the necessity of a written constitution to set forth enumerated powers, to organize government, and to distribute powers among the three branches of government, the states, and the people.
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2.4
Compare the points of view toward the structure and powers of government as expressed in the Federalist Papers, authored by Madison, Hamilton and Jay, as well as the writings of the Anti-Federalists.
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2.5
Analyze the constitutional amendment process including the 27 amendments to the Constitution of the United States.