Arcadia Unified School District


Grade 12

Students in grade twelve pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government. They compare systems of government in the world today and analyze the life and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive and judiciary branches of government. An emphasis is placed on analyzing the relationship among federal, state and local governments, with particular attention paid to important historical documents such as The Federalist. The curriculum will require students to master analytical skills, including chronological and spatial thinking, research, and interpretation skills.

1.  Students will explain the fundamental principles and moral values of American democracy as expressed in the U.S. Constitution and other essential documents of American democracy. (SCORE resources)

2.  Students will evaluate the limits of rights and obligations as democratic citizens, the relationships among them, and how they are secured. (SCORE Resources) 3.  Students will discuss and analyze the fundamental values and principles of a civil society; addressing the meaning and importance of a free society.  (SCORE resources) 4.  Students will analyze the unique roles and responsibilities of the three branches of government as established by the U. S. Constitution. 5.  Students will summarize landmark U.S. Supreme Court interpretations of the U. S. Constitution and its amendments. (SCORE Resources) 6.  Students will evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective office. (SCORE Resources) 7.  Students will analyze and compare the powers and procedures of the national, state, tribal, and local governments. (SCORE Resources) 8.  Students will evaluate the influence of the media on American political life. (SCORE Resources) 9.  Students will analyze the origins, characteristics, and development of different political systems. (SCORE Resources:  Totalitarianism, Parliamentary) 10.  Students will describe and evaluate tensions within the U.S. constitutional democracy and the importance of maintaining a balance between these concepts. (SCORE Resources) AHS Government Links