Social Studies Worksheets and Study Guides Seventh Grade. The United States Constitution

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Virginia Standards of Learning

VA.SS.VS. Virginia Studies
Political Growth and Western Expansion: 1781 to the Mid 1800s
VS.6. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by:
VS.6.a. Explaining why George Washington is called the “Father of our Country” and James Madison is called the “Father of the Constitution”.
VA.SS.USI. United States History to 1865
Revolution and the New Nation: 1770s to the Early 1800s
USI.7. The student will apply social science skills to understand the challenges faced by the new nation by:
USI.7.b. Describing the historical development of the Constitution of the United States.
USI.7.c. Describing the major accomplishments of the first five presidents of the United States.
VA.SS.USII. United States History: 1865 to the Present
Reconstruction: 1865 to 1877
USII.3. The student will apply social science skills to understand the effects of Reconstruction on American life by:
USII.3.a. Analyzing the impact of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States and how they changed the meaning of citizenship.
VA.SS.CE. Civics and Economics
Skills
CE.1. The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by:
CE.1.f. Determining multiple cause-and-effect relationships that impact political and economic events.
CE.2. The student will apply social science skills to understand the foundations of American constitutional government by:
CE.2.a. Explaining the fundamental principles of consent of the governed, limited government, rule of law, democracy, and representative government.
CE.2.b. Examining and evaluating the impact of the Magna Carta, charters of the Virginia Company of London, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights.
CE.2.c. Describing the purposes for the Constitution of the United States as stated in its Preamble.
CE.2.d. Describing the procedures for amending the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States.
CE.3. The student will apply social science skills to understand citizenship and the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens by:
CE.3.b. Describing the First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition, and the rights guaranteed by due process and equal protection of the laws.
CE.9. The student will apply social science skills to understand the judicial systems established by the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States by:
CE.9.d. Explaining how due process protections seek to ensure justice.
VA.SS.VUS. Virginia and United States History
Skills
VUS.1. The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by:
VUS.1.e. Comparing and contrasting historical, cultural, economic, and political perspectives in Virginia and United States history.
VUS.1.f. Explaining how indirect cause-and-effect relationships impact people, places, and events in Virginia and United States history.
VUS.1.g. Analyzing multiple connections across time and place.
VUS.1.h. Using a decision-making model to analyze and explain the incentives for and consequences of a specific choice made.
Revolution and the New Nation
VUS.5. The student will apply social science skills to understand the development of the American political system by:
VUS.5.a. Examining founding documents to explore the development of American constitutional government, with emphasis on the significance of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in the framing of the Bill of Rights.
VUS.5.b. Describing the major compromises necessary to produce the Constitution of the United States, with emphasis on the roles of James Madison and George Washington.
Expansion
VUS.6. The student will apply social science skills to understand major events in Virginia and United States history during the first half of the nineteenth century by:
VUS.6.c. Assessing the political and economic changes that occurred during this period, with emphasis on James Madison and the War of 1812.
Civil War and Reconstruction
VUS.7. The student will apply social science skills to understand the Civil War and Reconstruction eras and their significance as major turning points in American history by:
VUS.7.e. Evaluating and explaining the political and economic impact of the war and Reconstruction, including the adoption of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.
VA.SS.GOVT. Virginia and United States Government
Skills
GOVT.1. The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by:
GOVT.1.c. Comparing and contrasting historical, cultural, economic, and political perspectives.
GOVT.1.f. Explaining how cause-and-effect relationships impact political and economic events.
GOVT.2. The student will apply social science skills to understand the political philosophies that shaped the development of Virginia and United States constitutional government by:
GOVT.2.f. Evaluating and explaining George Mason’s Virginia Declaration of Rights, Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and James Madison’s leadership role in securing adoption of the Bill of Rights by the First Congress.
GOVT.3. The student will apply social science skills to understand the concepts of democracy by:
GOVT.3.f. Recognizing the freedom of the individual.
GOVT.4. The student will apply social science skills to understand the Constitution of the United States by:
GOVT.4.b. Evaluating the purposes for government stated in the Preamble.
GOVT.4.c. Examining the fundamental principles upon which the Constitution of the United States is based, including the rule of law, consent of the governed, limited government, separation of powers, and federalism.
GOVT.4.e. Analyzing and explaining the amendment process.
GOVT.6. The student will apply social science skills to understand local, state, and national elections by:
GOVT.6.e. Describing how amendments have extended the right to vote.
GOVT.11. The student will apply social science skills to understand civil liberties and civil rights by:
GOVT.11.a. Examining the Bill of Rights, with emphasis on First Amendment freedoms.
GOVT.11.b. Analyzing due process of law expressed in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.
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