The students will study the various aspect of government with a specific focus on its application in the United States. The curriculum includes analysis of the levels of government, as well as historical and modern applications. Students will be given opportunities to analyze and evaluate these topics and how they relate to one another. Diverse instructional methods are used throughout this course including interactive presentations, DBQs, and research projects. Lessons are designed using a best practice model that includes scaffolding, vocabulary, guided practice, independent practice, and written response opportunities for students to synthesize, evaluate, and debate topics. New York Learning Standards and unit alignment were utilized in building this curriculum, as well as the Common Core Literacy Standards in the History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.


Ch.1 – Purposes and Principles of Government, Politics, and Law
Ch.2 – Citizenship in Comparative Perspective
Ch.3 – Citizenship, Participation, and the Electoral Process
Ch.4 – Legal Obligations of Citizenship
Ch.5 – Public Policy and Political Participation
Ch.6 – Legal Rights and Responsibilities
Ch.7 – Modern Events
Ch.8 – Research Project
Ch.9 – Summarizing Project


(1) To have the students learn about American Government;
(2) To have the students acquire all the skills listed in the “Philosophy” section above;
(3) To have students demonstrate their knowledge and skills throughout their High School experience when Political issues and stance can be understood and discussed intelligently.