CoverIntroductionTable of Contents with Critical Media Literacy ConnectionsUpdates & Latest AdditionsLearning Pathway: Black Lives MatterLearning Pathway: Influential WomenLearning Pathway: Student RightsLearning Pathway: Election 2020Learning Pathway: Current Events Learning Pathway: Critical Media LiteracyTeacher-Designed Learning PlansTopic 1. The Philosophical Foundations of the United States Political System1.1. The Government of Ancient Athens1.2. The Government of the Roman Republic1.3. Enlightenment Thinkers and Democratic Government1.4. British Influences on American Government1.5. Native American Influences on U.S. GovernmentTopic 2. The Development of the United States Government2.1. The Revolutionary Era and the Declaration of Independence2.2. The Articles of Confederation2.3. The Constitutional Convention2.4. Debates between Federalists and Anti-Federalists2.5. Articles of the Constitution and the Bill of RightsTopic 3. Institutions of United States Government3.1. Branches of the Government and the Separation of Powers3.2. Checks and Balances Between the Branches of Government3.3. The Roles of the Congress, the President, and the Courts3.4. Elections and Nominations3.5. The Role of Political PartiesTopic 4. The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens4.1. Becoming a Citizen4.2. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens and Non-Citizens4.3. Civic, Political, and Private Life4.4. Fundamental Principles and Values of American Political and Civic Life4.5. Voting and Citizen Participation in the Political Process4.6. Election Information4.7. Leadership and the Qualities of Political Leaders4.8. Cooperation Between Individuals and Elected Leaders4.9. Public Service as a Career4.10. Liberty in Conflict with Equality or Authority4.11. Political Courage and Those Who Affirmed or Denied Democratic Ideals4.12. The Role of Political Protest4.13. Public and Private Interest Groups, PACs, and Labor UnionsTopic 5. The Constitution, Amendments, and Supreme Court Decisions5.1. The Necessary and Proper Clause5.2. Amendments to the Constitution5.3. Constitutional Issues Related to the Civil War, Federal Power, and Individual Civil Rights5.4. Civil Rights and Equal Protection for Race, Gender, and Disability5.5. Marbury v. Madison and the Principle of Judicial Review5.6. Significant Supreme Court DecisionsTopic 6. The Structure of Massachusetts State and Local Government6.1. Functions of State and National Government6.2. United States and Massachusetts Constitutions6.3. Enumerated and Implied Powers6.4. Core Documents: The Protection of Individual Rights6.5. 10th Amendment to the Constitution6.6. Additional Provisions of the Massachusetts Constitution6.7. Responsibilities of Federal, State and Local Government6.8. Leadership Structure of the Massachusetts Government6.9. Tax-Supported Facilities and Services6.10. Components of Local GovernmentTopic 7. Freedom of the Press and News/Media Literacy7.1. Freedom of the Press7.2. Competing Information in a Free Press7.3. Writing the News: Different Formats and Their Functions7.4. Digital News and Social Media7.5. Evaluating Print and Online Media7.6. Analyzing Editorials, Editorial Cartoons, or Op-Ed CommentariesGlossaryIndex of Terms

Glossary

14th AmendmentFundamental Principles and Values of American Political and Civic Life
The 14th Amendment (1868) guaranteed citizenship and due process and equal protection under the law to anyone born or naturalized in the United States (except certain indigenous Americans).
AmendmentAmendments to the Constitution
Approved or proposed change (either by addition, subtraction, or substitution) to the United States or state constitution.
Articles of ConfederationThe Articles of Confederation
Document establishing the first national government of the United States from 1781 to 1789.
Bill of Rights14th AmendmentArticles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
First ten amendments to the United States Constitution, including the rights of Americans in relation to their government.
BroadsideWriting the News: Different Formats and Their Functions
A strongly worded informational poster that spreads criticisms of people or policies impacting a group or community, usually displayed on single large sheets of paper, one side only, and designed to have an immediate emotional impact on readers.
CensorshipFreedom of the Press
Suppression by governments or political groups of words, images or ideas that are deemed offensive
Civic HolidayRights and Responsibilities of Citizens and Non-Citizens
A day of recognition of individuals or events established by local, state, or national government.
CivicsRights and Responsibilities of Citizens and Non-Citizens
From the French word “civique,” meaning citizen, the study of what people need to know and do (their rights, roles, and responsibilities) as members of a democratic society.
Civil Rights Act of 1964Fundamental Principles and Values of American Political and Civic Life
Landmark legislation prohibiting discrimination in voting, employment or education based on race, religion, sex, or national origin.
ConstitutionDemocratic GovernmentUnited States and Massachusetts Constitutions
A document that sets forth the basic principles of a nation or state, the structures and processes of government and the fundamental rights of citizens; the "law of the land."
Critical media literacyMedia LiteracyFreedom of the Press and News/Media Literacy
Knowledge, skills, and competencies to access and analyze the content of multiple media (print and digital) while also analyzing who produces media, why they do so, and what impacts that media has on people and society.
Day of recognitionRights and Responsibilities of Citizens and Non-Citizens
A day designated at the local, state or national level honoring the historical accomplishments of change makers in history.
DemocracyThe Government of Ancient Athens
Government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Democratic Government
System of government where people chose their leaders through free and open elections.
Democratic schools
Educational organizations where teachers, students, administrators and community members make decisions openly and collectively.
Digital Choice Board
An online visual display that gives students multiple ways to learn about a topic featuring hyperlinks to digital resources and tools as well as higher order, creative learning activities.
Digital government
Widespread use of technology for government functions.
eBook
An abbreviation for electronic books; refers to material that is delivered digitally to readers using laptops, smartphones, or other mobile devices.
ElectionDemocratic GovernmentElections and Nominations
Process by which voters choose individuals to represent them in federal, state, or local government.
Electoral CollegeElections and Nominations
System used in U.S. Presidential elections where people vote for a slate of electors who represent a candidate; the candidate receiving 270 or more electoral votes wins the Presidency.
Employee owned businessComponents of Local Government
An organization where the workers, not outside shareholders, own all or most of the business and make decisions about its operation; also known as worker owned business.
Enumerated powersEnumerated and Implied Powers
Specific powers granted to the Congress by Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.
Executive branchBranches of the Government and the Separation of Powers
Individuals, agencies and organizations in a government that carry out a nation or state's laws and policies.
Executive privilegeChecks and Balances Between the Branches of Government
Policy that allows a President and his close advisors to refuse to turn over to Congress or the court documents and discussions they had about national and international policies.
Federalism
A system of government in the United States (and most other democracies) that divides and shares power between a national (or federal) government and the various states in the country.
First AmendmentArticles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Freedoms of speech, press, petition, religion, and peaceful protest established by the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution.
Generation AlphaGeneration Z
Term for those born between 2010 and 2024.
Generation ZDigital News and Social Media
The term for those born between the mid 1990s and 2010; also known as “Gen Z”; “post-millennials”; “screeners”; or the “i-Generation".
GerontocracyThe Roles of the Congress, the President, and the Courts
Government run by older people.
GerrymanderingThe Role of Political Parties
Practice of redrawing legislative district lines in order to help one political party win elections and maintain political control.
Heraean GamesThe Government of Ancient Athens
Athletic competitions for women and girls in Ancient Greece.
Instant Runoff/Ranked Choice VotingElections and Nominations
A election system that allows voters to vote for candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gets a majority of votes, the one with the fewest votes is eliminated and those who ranked that candidate first have their votes transferred to the second preference and so on until one candidate gets more than 50% of the vote.
Inverted pyramidWriting the News: Different Formats and Their Functions
Journalism format where the lead, or main points of a news article—the who, what, when, where, why and how of a story—are placed at the top or beginning followed by additional and less important, but still relevant information.
January 6, 2021 InsurrectionPolitical Courage and Those Who Affirmed or Denied Democratic Ideals
Attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of supporters of Donald Trump intended to disrupt the counting of electoral votes by members of Congress.
Judicial branchArticles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
The part of a government that decides the meaning of laws and administers justice through trials and other court proceedings. The Supreme Court has the power of judicial review of court decisions.
Legislative branchThe Roles of the Congress, the President, and the Courts
The part of a government that makes or changes laws. The U.S. Congress has also the power to declare war, regulate interstate commerce and control taxing and spending.
Local governmentComponents of Local Government
The people and institutions that run cities and towns, including mayors, select boards, city councils and town meetings.
Media LiteracyEvaluating Print and Online Media
Knowledge, skills, and competencies to access, analyze, and produce multiple forms of media.
Monarchy
Rule by one individual who inherited the position by birth.
Oligarchy
Rule by a small group or elite.
Political Action Committee (PAC)Public and Private Interest Groups, PACs, and Labor Unions
Organizations that collect and donate funds to political candidates.
Political partyThe Role of Political Parties
Group of people who share ideas about government and seek to elect candidates and enact policies that support those ideas.
PressFreedom of the Press
The reporters, photographers, commentators, editorial writers and behind-the-scenes workers in media organizations that bring us the news.
Recommendation AlgorithmsAnalyzing Editorials, Editorial Cartoons, or Op-Ed Commentaries
Computer programs on social media sites that direct content to users based on what they have viewed, bought, or done before.
RightsBill of RightsRights and Responsibilities of Citizens and Non-Citizens
Protections guaranteed to all Americans under the law.
Shadow docketThe Roles of the Congress, the President, and the Courts
One of the types of cases decided by the Supreme Court, usually unsigned with one or two sentence opinions and without public access to the arguments or which justices voted one way or the other.
Spectator stateSwing stateElections and Nominations
States that consistently award their electoral votes to either the Democratic (e.g., Massachusetts, California, New York) or the Republican (e.g., Texas, Oklahoma, Montana) candidate in Presidential elections.
State governmentThe Structure of Massachusetts State and Local Government
The institutions that provide government for an entire state - including its governor, legislature, and state court system.
Swing stateElections and Nominations
A state (also known as a battleground state) that may chose either the Democratic or the Republican Presidential candidate depending on the election.
Tenth Amendment10th Amendment to the Constitution
Part of the Bill of Rights guaranteeing any powers not granted to the federal government “are reserved to the states, or to the people.”
The PressFreedom of the Press and News/Media Literacy
The people (reporters, photographers, commentators, editorial writers and behind-the-scenes workers) and media organizations (online and in print) that bring us the news.
TransgenderLiberty in Conflict with Equality or Authority
Individuals whose gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth; also known as nonbinary.
TyrannyChecks and Balances Between the Branches of Government
Rule by an authoritarian leader who suppresses dissent, often through violent means. See also dictatorship.
VotingDemocracyVoting and Citizen Participation in the Political Process
Method of making decisions and/or electing candidates where each individual freely expresses their preferences.
WhistleblowerCompeting Information in a Free Press
A person who exposes illegal or unsafe actions by government, corporations or private individuals.
Worker cooperativesComponents of Local Government
Organizations where workers make decisions democratically; see also, worker/employee owned businesses.