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Lesson Plan: Lesson-Specific Standards

This lesson addresses the national standards listed below.

From the Center for Civic Education's National Standards for Civics and Government:

What are the distinctive characteristics of American society?
Students will be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions on:

  • The importance of volunteerism in American society.
  • The contemporary role of organized groups in American social and political life.

What is American political culture?
Students will be able to explain the importance of shared political and civic beliefs and values to the maintenance of constitutional democracy in an increasingly diverse American society.

How are state and local governments organized and what do they do?
Students will be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions on issues regarding the relationships between state and local governments, and citizen access to those governments.

How does the American political system provide for choice and opportunities for participation?
Students will be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions about:

  • How the public agenda is set.
  • The formation and implementation of public policy.

What are the responsibilities of citizens?
Students will be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions on issues regarding the personal and civic responsibilities of citizens in American constitutional democracy.

What civic dispositions or traits of private and public character are important to the presentation and improvement of American constitutional democracy?
Students will be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions on the importance to American constitutional democracy of dispositions that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in public affairs.

How can citizens take part in civic life?
Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate, take, and defend positions about the means that citizens should use to monitor and influence the formation and implementation of public policy.
  • Explain the importance of knowledge to competent and responsible participation in American democracy.

From the National Council for the Social Studies's Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (1994)

  • Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of how people create and change structures of power, authority, and governance.
  • Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic.

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