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AP United States Government and Politics ANALYTICAL READING ACTIVITIES TOPIC 1.1
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Analytical Reading Activities AP U.S. Government and Politics 3 Topic 1.1: Ideals of Democracy Source Analysis Before You Read Political scientists analyze founding documents for ways that they relate to our government today. They focus less on the historical situation and more on how the principles established in the documents were used to create our governmental structures. As you prepare to read the Declaration of Independence from a political science perspective, take a moment and think about what some of the main themes in the Declaration mean to you. When you think about our government, how do you think these principles relate? What individual rights should a government protect for its people? What government should provide for the people? Describe characteristics, attributes, traits, and elements in defining terms and concepts. How the people hold government accountable? Required Document: Excerpts from The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson (for a committee) Paired with: Excerpts from Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke Related Concepts: Purpose of Government Natural Rights Social Contract Theory Balance Between Liberty and Order Definition

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