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SS.7.C.1.9 - The Rule of Law


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What You Need to Know:

Student Review Reading for SS.7.C.1.9

Define the rule of law and recognize its influence on the development of the American legal, political, and governmental systems.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will distinguish between the characteristics of a society that operates under the rule of law and one that does not. Read more!
  • Students will assess the importance of the rule of law in protecting citizens from arbitrary and abusive uses of government power. Read more!
  • Students will evaluate the impact of the rule of law on governmental officials and institutions (accountability to the law, fair procedures, decisions based on the law, consistent application, enforcement of the law, and transparency of institutions). Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

Which principle is included in the U.S. Constitution?

A. rule of law

B. right to trial

C. capitalism

D. confederalism


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

Which statement describes an impact of the rule of law?

A. state of nature

B. checks and balances

C. separation of powers

D. transparency of institutions


Example Three (High Complexity)

Which characteristic serves as a long-term protection against tyranny and is a foundation of liberty in the United States?

A. the commerce clause

B. the elastic clause

C. the right to trial

D. the rule of law


C.1.9 - Vocabulary

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Civics on Demand

Textbook Review


Chapter 3, Section 1 - p. 86-91