Students explain the fundamental principles and moral values of American democracy as expressed in the U.S. Constitution and other essential documents of American democracy.

How are Resources Allocated

How are resources allocated? Download Primary Source Set: How are Resources Allocated

This set looks at allocation of resources with the use of scarcity as the lens. Factors of Production will be defined, as will physical and human capital. The inquiry set will focus on personal decisions regarding use of resources as well as societal/national use of resources.

Dangers of Majority Rule

What are the dangers of majority rule? Download Primary Source Set: Dangers of Majority Rule: Redlining 

This inquiry set examines the ways in which the majority of people in a society can present a danger for those who occupy the minority. The controversy around California’s 1964 vote on Proposition #14 and its impact on fair housing for communities of people facing discrimination are the grounds for this analysis.

Government Power

How much power should the government have over its citizens? Download Primary Source Set: Government Power

This inquiry set asks students to consider foundational government documents that address the nature of the power of government.

Government Power

This inquiry set introduces essential documents and organizing principles of the United States government. This set brings the student to the center of these abstract texts and principles by posing the question “how much power should the government have over citizens?” This question has been the subject of much rhetoric, debate, and protest over the country’s history. Students will read and evaluate how important founding documents sought to address this question.