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Making Civics Real Workshop 7: Controversial Public Policy Issues  
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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 (1994):

Students should be able to explain:

  • The extent to which Americans have internalized the values and principles of the Constitution and attempted to make its ideals realities.
  • The importance of knowledge to competent and responsible participation in American democracy.

Students should be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions:

  • On issues in which fundamental values and principles may be in conflict.
  • About issues concerning the disparities between American ideals and realities.
  • On the role and importance of law in the American political system.
  • On current issues regarding the judicial production of individual rights.
  • On issues regarding personal rights.
  • On issues regarding the proper scope and limits of rights.
  • On issues regarding the personal responsibilities of citizens in American constitutional democracy.
  • On the importance to American constitutional democracy of dispositions that foster thoughtful and effective participation in public affairs.

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.
  • Ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic.


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