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Power, Politics, and You

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Program Contents Unit 1 Power, Authority, and Government 1

The Nature of Power, Politics, and Government Why should you care about power, politics, and government?

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Comparing Forms of Government How should political and economic power be distributed in a society?

Political Inquiry: Assessing Democracies Around the World

Unit 2 Foundations of American Government 3

The Roots of American Democracy What ideas gave birth to the world’s first modern democratic nation?

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The United States Constitution How and why did the framers distribute power in the Constitution?

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The Bill of Rights and Civil Liberties How are your rights defined and protected under the Constitution?

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Federalism: National, State, and Local Powers How does power flow through our federal system of government?

Political Inquiry: Creating School Policy

Unit 3 Political Participation and Behavior 7

Citizen Participation in a Democracy How can you make a difference in a democracy?

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Parties, Interest Groups, and Public Policy Political parties and interest groups: How do they influence our political decisions?

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Public Opinion and the Media To what extent do the media influence your political views?

10 Political Campaigns and Elections Elections and voting: Why should they matter to you?

Political Inquiry: Solving a Local Problem


Unit 4 The Legislative Branch 11 Lawmakers and Legislatures What makes an effective legislator?

12 Congressional Lawmaking How do laws really get made?

Political Inquiry: Characterizing a Good Legislator

Unit 5 The Executive Branch 13 Chief Executives and Bureaucracies What qualities do modern presidents need to fulfill their many roles?

14 The Federal Budget Does the federal government budget and spend your tax dollars wisely?

Political Inquiry: Understanding the Role of Executive Agencies

Unit 6 The Judicial Branch 15 Courts, Judges, and the Law How is the U.S. judicial system organized to ensure justice?

16 The Criminal Justice System From doing the crime to doing time: How just is our criminal justice system?

Political Inquiry: Deciding How to Select State Judges

Unit 7 The United States and the World 17 Creating American Foreign Policy How should the United States conduct foreign policy?

18 Confronting Global Issues How effectively do international organizations respond to global issues?

Political Inquiry: Addressing Foreign Policy


What makes TCI unique? Government Alive! Power, Politics, and You

Each lesson integrates local, state, and federal concepts.

Empower students to care about government by connecting concepts to their lives.

Built to be a Semester-long Course

Students get involved in a real-world storyline that culminates in a project-based inquiry activity.

Prepare students to become active citizens with inquiry activities and the Doing Democracy Toolkit.


Program Components I N T E R A C T I V E

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Federalism: National, State, and Local Powers

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Anti–Walter Mondale Campaign Poster, 1984

Bring Learning Alive!

TCI offers programs for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. How does power flow through our federal system of government? V o c a b u l a r y

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expressed powers interstate commerce intrastate commerce unfunded mandate

Bring Science Alive!

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As you complete the Reading Notes, use these terms in your answers: devolution apportionment gerrymandering redistricting

Social Studies Alive!

Copy the Venn diagram below into your notebook. List at least three decisions in each section, and then answer the questions. 1. What types of decisions do your parents or guardians make for you? What types of decisions do you make for yourself? What types of decisions do you make together?

History Alive! Geography Alive! Government Alive!

2. Why are some decisions shared while others are not?

Econ Alive!

3. What are the benefits of making decisions this way? What are the drawbacks? 4 How do you think this system of making decisions is similar to the way power flows between national and state governments? Decisions You and Parents or Guardians Make Together

Decisions Parents or Guardians Make for You

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Decisions You Make for Yourself

Notebook Guides Students engage with their learning by expressing their ideas, completing graphically organized notes, and developing personalized responses in their Interactive Student Notebooks.

Public Opinion and the Media

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Placards

Student Edition

Students analyze graphs, data sets, powerful images, and engaging primary sources printed on reusable placards.

The Student Text provides a rich knowledge base of political concepts and guides students through their learning.

Vocabulary Development Chapter ______

Rate Your Knowledge

Follow these steps to rate your knowledge of the Key Content Terms. Step 1: Use one spectrum for each Key Content Term. Rate your knowledge of each term by marking the appropriate place on the spectrum. Below the spectrum, write anything you know about the term. Step 2: Find out what others know about each term by asking another person (for example, a classmate, friend, parent, or teacher). Write down what you learn on the back of this sheet or on a separate sheet of paper. Step 3: Find the definition of each term. Then, on the back of this sheet or on a separate sheet of paper, write a sentence that uses each term. Term:

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ELA/ELD Connections: Vocabulary Skills

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Doing Democracy Toolkit

Teacher and Student Licenses

The Doing Democracy Toolkit offers flexible, easy-to-use resources that will help your students practice the skills and develop the confidence that they need to become active, engaged, and informed citizens.

Lesson Guides, customizable assessments, video quizzes, lesson games, and more are at your fingertips.


Universal Access TCI is designed to reach all of your learners. Here are some resources you can use in your classroom.

Reading Tools (Text to Speech) Digital text-to-audio, main ideas, and note taking tools support reading.

ELA/ELD Connections ELA/ELD Connections provide graphic organizers and worksheets to support learners who need additional guidance with reading and writing.

Differentiating Instructions Each lesson comes with modifications for English learners, learners reading and writing below grade level, learners with special education needs, and advanced learners.


Multimedia (Video with Closed Captioning) Rich videos and compelling images engage learners and help improve their understanding of content.

Lesson Outlines Provide extra support for English Language Learners by using this guide to outline notes.

Vocabulary Cards Students review important social studies terms with vocabulary flip cards.


Assessments TCI offers a variety of formative and summative assessments so you can gauge student progress through each lesson.

Lesson Game In a Lesson Game, students answer selected-response questions about the lesson. Results are automatically tracked in your gradebook.

Notebook Monitor students’ progress in their notebooks as they go through the lesson and investigations.

Self-Assessment A self-assessment asks students to gauge their understanding of key concepts at the beginning and end of a unit.


Processing An end-of-lesson processing assignment challenges students to synthesize and apply the information they have learned in a variety of creative ways.

Summative Assessment TCI’s customizable assessments include a variety of question and response formats to gauge student progress.

Unit Pre- and Post- Test Each unit has a pre- and post-test for you to check student progress.