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Social Studies Coalition of Delaware Signature Lesson: Civics 2 A Dynamic Duo: A Chambermaid and the Federal Government by Fran O’Malley Democracy Project, University of Delaware Lesson Description:  In this lesson students will construct a detailed timeline to analyze  actions of our federal government from 1905-1937 and to uncover understandings about  the benefits and dangers of its dynamic processes. The focus is on government  approaches to regulating business. The centerpiece of the lesson is a moot court  involving the West Coast Hotel v Parrish case of 1936. Grade:  9-12 Lesson Content :  (excerpted from the Social Studies Clarification document at   ) The key concept of this lesson is dynamic process . The students should understand that any human enterprise is subject to constant change and revision. No government is so perfectly structured that it cannot be improved and better adapted to changing circumstances. The United States government has remained effective over the centuries largely as a result of legislation, amendments, and interpretations that enable it to adapt to changing times. Times of national crisis when traditional ways of doing things had to be changed and basic understandings reinterpreted teach the need for change, but students should also understand that the processes of legislating, implementing, and adjudicating law are inherently dynamic. Were this not true, we would have stopped making, revising, and interpreting laws a long time ago. The separation of powers and checks and balances of the U.S. Constitution essentially constitute the structure that constrains the dynamic process of governance. They channel the political process to productive ends. Traditions, precedents, and interpretations further constrain the forces of change to render them more incremental and less disruptive. Concepts Addressed:  dynamic (as it relates to the functions of government); continuity  and change over time. Benchmark[s] Addressed:   Civics 2  [Politics]:   Students will  understand that the functioning of the government is a dynamic process which combines the formal balances of power incorporated in the Constitution with traditions, precedents, and interpretations which have evolved over the past 200 years. © 2005 Democracy Project 1
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Social Studies Coalition of Delaware Signature Lesson: Civics 2 History 1 [Chronology]: Students will analyze historical materials to trace the development of an idea or trend across space or over a prolonged period of time in order to explain patterns of historical continuity and change. Essential Questions Addressed:  Why might any government need to be dynamic?
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  • Spring '14
  • KimberlyK.Boone
  • Law, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Supreme Court of the United States, Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, President of the United States, Judiciary Reorganization Bill of 1937

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