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4th civics key concepts LEAP vocabulary

Government a system for deciding what is best for a group of people. It protects the group members and settles disagreements among them. The main job of the government is to make and carry out laws
Rules and Laws A rule is something you must or must not do. Laws are rules that everyone must follow. They are rules that help make a community a safe place to live.
Legislative the branch of government that makes laws
Executive the branch of government that carries out or enforces laws (example: President, governor, parish president, mayor)
Judicial the branch of government that interprets laws (example: U.S. Supreme Court, state supreme court, lower courts)
Democracy A form of government in which the people rule and are free to make choices about their lives and their government. In a democracy, the people of a nation rule either directly or through elected officials.
U.S. Constitution The plan for the federal government. It describes the rights that people in the United States have, and it is the "supreme law of the land"
Bill of Rights The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. It sets forth basic rights guaranteed to all Americans which the government may not interfere with.
Declaration of Independence A statement, written by Thomas Jefferson in 1776, explaining why the United States wanted to be free from Britain.
Louisiana Constitution the plan for the government of the state of Louisiana.
Basic Freedoms Guaranteed by the Bill of Rights these include freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition
Nation a group of people living together in a certain region under the same government; state; country. They share the same history, language, customs
Country an area of land, region. Country can also mean the people or land of a nation
International relations between or among nations
Interaction actions between or among countries/nations, such as trade or diplomacy
Trade the buying and selling of goods
Diplomacy The carrying on of relations between nations, as in building up trade, making treaties
United Nations organization formed to promote peace and cooperation among nations.
Citizen a member of a town or city, state or country. One can become a citizen by birth, by being born of American parents abroad or by process of naturalization
Citizenship the condition of being a citizen; the rights and duties of a citizen. Citizenship includes the right to hold public office, and duties to vote, serve on a jury and pay taxes.
Patriotism great love for one's own country and loyalty to it.
Created by: svlincoln