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Thematic Unit Evolution of Presidential Power 1. Theme Currently there has been quite a controversy as to the role of the presidency and the powers associated with that office. The study of this controversy is an effective way to connect current events with historical understanding. This unit will be used for U.S. History classes and American Government classes in grades 9-12. It will take 1-2 weeks to complete, depending on the skill level in which it is applied. Understanding the historical development of structures of power, authority, and governance and their evolving functions in contemporary U.S. society, as well as in other parts of the world, is essential for developing civic competence. Understanding the historical development of structures of power, authority, and governance and their evolving functions in contemporary U.S. society, as well as in other parts of the world, is essential for developing civic competence. In exploring this theme, students confront questions such as: What is power? What forms does it take? Who holds it? How is it gained, used, and justified? What is legitimate authority? How are governments created, structured, maintained, and changed? How can we keep government responsive to its citizens' needs and interests? How can individual rights be protected within the context of majority rule? By examining the purposes and characteristics of various governance systems, learners develop an understanding of how groups and nations attempt to resolve conflicts and seek to establish order and security. Through study of the dynamic relationships among individual rights and responsibilities, the needs of social groups, and concepts of a just society, learners become more effective problem-solvers and decision-makers when addressing the persistent issues and social problems encountered in public life. Students also need the ability to assess fact from opinion and to establish their own beliefs in association to the political system. By examining the historic role of the presidency,
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students will develop the ability to evaluate presidential action based on precedent and constitutional law. Students will also be able to identify the different roles of the president including, Commander in Chief, National Leader, Chief Executive, Manager of the Economy, Chief Diplomat, Party Leader, and Ceremonial Head of State and how those roles have changed over time. 2. Goals a. Content – Sunshine State Standards Identifies and understands themes in history that cross scientific, economic, and cultural boundaries. Evaluates conflicting sources and materials in the interpretation of a historical event or episode. uses chronology, sequencing, patterns, and periodization to examine interpretations of an event Understands the political events that defined the Constitutional period. Understands the significant political events that took place during the early national
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