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History-Social Science in Twelfth Grade Government

Parents - what your child is expected to learn in twelfth grade government

What You Need to Know:

In twelfth-grade government, students study the responsibilities and rights they have or will soon have as voting members of an informed electorate.  Students review how, over time, these rights and responsibilities evolved, including the broadening of the franchise from white males with property to all white males, then to men of color who were born or naturalized in this country, then to women, and finally to citizens 18–21 years old.  American government is also studied in in relation to other systems of representative democracies. Students conclude their study of American government with an exploration of both historical and modern problems of American democracy.  Some of the questions that students in government consider are:

  • How much power should government have over its citizens?
  • What rights and responsibilities does a citizen have in a democracy?
  • What problems are posed by representative government, and how can they be addressed?

Between April and June:

Between April and June, twelfth-grade government students might:

  • Look through this set of sources about the different levels of government that govern education, using the example of Indian Boarding Schools (12.7)
  • Read about judicial review by studying when laws become deemed unconstitutional.
  • Learn about the different government agencies that come together in times of crisis to declare states of emergencies, close schools, and enforce quarantines. 

Lessons and Source Sets:

Judicial Review (12th grade government primary source set)
Federalism (12th grade government primary source set)