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Grade 12 - 1 - The Federal Government in Washington, D.C.

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.11-12.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/11-12/1
teaches Common Core State Standards W.11-12.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/11-12/4
teaches Common Core State Standards W.11-12.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/11-12/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.11-12.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/11-12/7

Grade 12 - 1 - The Federal Government in Washington, D.C.

This lesson focuses on the meaning of federal representation and how the federal government lives in Washington, D.C. Students will be able to explain what makes D.C. unique as a district, specifically in how D.C. lacks representation in the national political system. Students consider how this lack of representation impacts Washington, D.C. residents and track their thinking during the lesson. Students express their understanding by completing a formative exit ticket.

DC Content Power Standards:  

  • 12.DC.22.6: Review the reasons why Washington, D.C. residents do not have voting representation in Congress, and assess the prospects for current efforts to get congressional representation for the District.

C3 Framework Indicators and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies:

  • D2.Civ.3.9-12. Analyze the impact of constitutions, laws, treaties, and international agreements on the maintenance of national and international order.
  • D2.Civ.4.9-12. Explain how the U.S. Constitution establishes a system of government that has powers, responsibilities, and limits that have changed over time and that are still contested.
  • D2.Civ.12.9-12. Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
  • D2.Civ.14.9-12. Analyze historical, contemporary, and emerging means of changing societies, promoting the common good, and protecting rights.