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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:

  • Why the rule of law has a central place in American society.
  • The importance of the right to due process of law for individuals accused of crimes.
  • The meaning and significance of the idea of equal protection of the laws for all persons.

Students should be able to describe historical and contemporary instances in which judicial protections have not been extended to all persons.

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

  • The role and importance of law in the American political system.
  • Current issues regarding the judicial protection of individual rights.
  • Issues regarding personal rights.
  • Issues regarding economic rights.
  • Issues regarding the proper scope and limits of rights.
  • The importance to American constitutional democracy of dispositions that foster respect for individual worth and human dignity.
  • The importance to American constitutional democracy of dispositions that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in public affairs.

From the National Council for the Social Studies 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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