Alabama Course of Study: US Government, Grade 12
Below you will find the standards relevant to
U.S. History from the ALCOS for Social Studies, grade
12. Beneath each standard are links to web resources
you and your students.
- Analyze purposes, organization, functions, and
principles of the Constitution of the United States
and the Bill of Rights.
Explain how the federal system of the United
States divides powers between national and state
governments, including areas of taxation, revenue
distribution, federal grants, distribution of entitlements,
regulation of interstate commerce, and enforcement
Describe specific functions, organization,
and purposes of state and local governments.
Carta: Cornerstone of the US Constitution
Lesson plan in which students examine how the Magna Carta served to lay the foundation
for the evolution of parliamentary government and subsequent declarations of
rights in Great Britain and the United States. In attempting to establish checks
on the king's powers, this document asserted the right of "due process" of
Charters of Freedom
Interactive website on the documents of the American Revolution and the new
government (The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights)
provided by the National Archives.
Unit plan of four lessons
which uses primary source documents to teach
students about the Constitution, the Bill of
Rights, and early issues discussed by Congress
in the founding of the United States. Grades 6-12
- The Constitution:
Counter-Revolution or National Salvation?
Library of Congress Lesson Plan which provides questions for analyzing each
article of the Constitution.
and Anti-Federalist Debates on Diversity and
the Extended Republic
In this unit, students will examine some of the
most important arguments of those opposing or supporting
the Constitution. They will learn why Anti-federalists
believed that a large nation could not long preserve
liberty and self-government and why Federalists
such as James Madison believed that a large nation
was vital to promote justice and the security of
rights for all citizens, majority and minority
- Norman Rockwell, Freedom of Speech--Know It When
You See It
This lesson plan highlights the importance of First
Amendment rights by examining Norman Rockwell’s
painting of The Four Freedoms. Students discover
the First Amendment in action as they explore
their own community and country through newspapers,
and role playing.
Trace the expansion of suffrage and its
effect on the political system of the United States.
Online text of document, with summary of each article along left margin.
Official website for the state government of Alabama.
- Will You Join a Special Interest Group?
Students will create a brochure aimed at recruiting
members of a special interest group. After selecting
a group to research from a list that is attached,
students will use the Internet to research the
group, identify the primary objectives of the
group and the group's accomplishments. Students
then will publish a brochure aimed at recruiting
prospective members. (Could easily be modified to
focus only on state special interest groups.)
- Keeping Up With the Alabama Legislature: Legislative
Update Wiki Project
This technology-based lesson encourages active engagement
in the state legislative process. Students participate
on a wiki designed to follow the progress of legislation
as it moves through the state legislature. It is
conducted during the Legislative session and concludes
at the end of the session. Sessions will start in
either January or February depending on whether or
not it is an election year.
- Cultural Change Lesson Plan
See how the rhetoric of women’s rights
evolved from the “Declaration of Sentiments” of
1848 to the suffragist arguments that finally
- Voting Rights
Lesson Plan from the Alabama Dept. of History and
Archives which examines the racial make-up of
voters in 1960's Alabama and how the Voting
Rights Act of 1965 changed things.
- The Voting Rights Act
Image and transcribed text of the Voting Rights
Act of 1965 from the National Archives Website.