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The student understands the organization of governments in colonial America. The student is expected to:
Identify and compare the systems of government of early European colonists, including representative government and monarchy;
Identify examples of representative government in the American colonies, including the Mayflower Compact and the Virginia House of Burgesses.
The student understands important ideas in the Declaration of Independence, the U. S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The student is expected to:
Identify the key elements and the purposes and explain the importance of the Declaration of Independence;
Explain the purposes of the U. S. Constitution as identified in the Preamble;
Explain the reasons for the creation of the Bill of Rights and its importance.
The student understands the framework of government created by the U. S. Constitution of 1787. The student is expected to:
Identify and explain the basic functions of the three branches of government;
Identify the reasons for and describe the system of checks and balances outlined in the U. S. Constitution;
Distinguish between national and state governments and compare their responsibilities in the U. S. Federal system.

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