Three Branches of Government: The U.S. Constitution for Children Ages 13 & Up
This course will examine the United States Constitution and explore the history behind the document. Students will learn about the various articles in the document and why they have important ramifications on our state and federal governments.
The formation of our government came out of the revolution against Britain. The U.S. Constitution was written to create a unified system of equal states while balancing various issues through debate and compromise. Students will examine the many debates that took place during the signing period and discuss answers to the following questions: What does the Constitution say about creating a balanced government? What were the founder’s fears regarding an unbalanced government? Why does the Constitution allow for changes to be made? The course will continue through history and investigate periods in which the Constitution was challenged or amended. Students will review Supreme Court cases to understand the importance of judicial review and discuss future amendments and the need for compromise. By the end of the course, they will have an understanding of how the federal government works and why that is important to the world we live in.
Live Classes: Fridays, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from the week of January 10th to the week of May 9th
Student Expectations: Students will be expected to to complete assignments.
Student Support: The instructor is available via email.
Feedback/Assessment: Feedback will be given on the assignments.
Materials/Supplies: All reading materials will be available on the internet.