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Disciplinary Practice 1.b.

Explain political principles, institutions, processes, policies, and behaviors.

Disciplinary Practice 2.a.

Describe the facts, reasoning, decisions, and majority opinion of required Supreme Court cases.

Disciplinary Practice 2.d.

Explain how required Supreme Court cases apply to scenarios in context.

Disciplinary Practice 3.c.

Explain patterns and trends in data to draw conclusions.

Disciplinary Practice 3.d.

Explain what the data imply or illustrate about political principles, institutions, processes, policies, and behaviors.

Reasoning Process 2:

Explain how the steps or stages in a process relate to each other.

Reasoning Process 4:

Explain the relevance, implications, and/or significance of similarities and differences.

Topic 2.3: Congressional Behavior

Skill 1.E: Explain how political processes apply to different scenarios in context.

Topic 3.4: First Amendment: Freedom of the Press

Skill 2B: Explain how New York Times Co. v. United States relates to a foundational document.

Theme: Liberty and Order (LOR)

Topic 3.5: Second Amendment: Right to Bear Arms

Skill 4.B: Explain how a specific historical context is situated within a broader historical context.

Topic 5.10: Modern Campaigns

Skill 1.E: Explain how political processes apply to different scenarios in context.

Topic 5.12: The Media

Skill 5D: Use refutation, concession, or rebuttal in responding to opposing perspectives.

Theme: Civic Participation in a Representative Democracy (PRD)

Topic 5.1: Voting Rights and Models of Voting Behavior

Skill 1.D: Describe political principles, institutions, processes, policies, and behaviors illustrated in different scenarios in context.

Topic 5.6: Groups Influencing Policy Making

Skill 1.E: Explain how various political processes apply to different scenarios in context.

Topic 5.6: Interest Groups Influencing Policy Making

Skill 1.D: Describe policies illustrated in different scenarios in context.

Topic 5.7: Election of 1860 and Secession

Skill 4.B: Explain how a specific historical development or process is situated within a broader historical context.

Theme 5: Politics and Power (PCE).

Topic 5.7: Groups Influencing Policy Outcomes

Skill 1.D: Describe policies illustrated in different scenarios.

Topic 5.8: Electing a President

Skill 1.E: Explain how political processes apply to different scenarios in context.

Unit 1: PMI-1.A.1

The powers allocated to Congress, the president, and the courts demonstrate the separation of powers and checks and balances features of the U.S. Constitution.

Unit 2: CON-3.C:

Explain how congressional behavior is influenced by election processes, partisanship, and divided government.

CON-3.C.1: Congressional behavior and governing effectiveness

Unit 2: CON-4.A.1:

Presidents use powers and perform functions of the office to accomplish a policy agenda.

Unit 2: CON-4.B.2:

Senate confirmation is an important check on appointment powers, but the president’s longest lasting influence lies in life-tenured judicial appointments.

Unit 2: CON-5.C:

Explain how other branches in the government can limit the Supreme Court’s power.

  • CON-5.C.1: Restrictions on the Supreme Court are represented by Judicial appointments and confirmations.
Unit 2: CON-5:

The design of the judicial branch protects the Supreme Court’s independence as a branch of government, and the emergence and use of judicial review remains a powerful judicial practice.

Unit 5: PMI-5.c:

Explain why and how political parties change and adapt.