Standards-Based Curriculum

Comparative politics

Monarchy, direct democracy, and republics

Nuclear isotopes and radioactive decay

Marine biology

Separation of church and state

Space exploration

Coronation, inheritance, and elections

Checks and balances in the U.S. government



Higher Order Thinking

What was the founding fathers’ reasoning behind how they set up the U.S. government?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of democracy?  Monarchy?  Democratic republics?

Under what conditions should decisions be made by majority rule?  When shouldn’t majority rule be used?

How should societies handle minority interests?

What roles do longtime traditions play in rapidly changing societies?

What is the fine line between competitive rivals and enemies?

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