Lesson Plans
American Government Period 2 1st Q 08.09 Lesson Plans
Week: 09/08/2008 Instructor: Lynn Arndt Academics
Discuss Tuesday is primary election day.
--What does that mean? What takes place during a primary election
Continue Chapter 1Section 1
What is government?
What is Public Policy?

Some countries that have or have had dictatorship governement
Types of Democracy
Direct vs Indirect
Definition of a State--Population, territory, sovereignity, government
---State as opposed to 50 states; what is the difference?

Origins of the State--
---Divine Right Theory, Force Theory, Social Contract Theory
Purpose of government; do we really need it? Look at Preamble --
--Form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for a common defense, promote general welfare, secure the blessings of liberty
Section 2--Forms of Government
---How are governments classified? Three criteria
---Who can participate? Democracy vs Dictatorship
--Unitary, federal confederate, presidential, parliamentary
Section 3 Basic Concepts of Democracy
--Foundation of Democracy---Worth of individual; equality of people; majority
rule, minority rights; compromise, individual freedoms