National Standards: What are Civic Life, Politics, and Government?
- What is civic life? What is politics? What is government? Why are government and politics necessary? What purposes should government serve?
- What are alternative ways of organizing constitutional governments?
What are the Foundations of the American Political System?
- What is American political culture?
- What values and principles are basic to American constitutional democracy?
How Does the Government Established by the Constitution Embody the Purposes, Values, and Principles of American Democracy?
- How are power and responsibility distributed, shared, and limited in the government established by the United States Constitution?
- How is the national government organized and what does it do?
- How does the American political system provide for choice and opportunities for participation?
Missouri State Standards:
2. continuity and change in the history of Missouri, the United States and the world
3. principles and processes of governance systems
6. relationships of the individual and groups to institutions and cultural traditions
7. the use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, statistics, maps, documents)
Benchmark 4: The student identifies and examines the rights, privileges, and responsibilities in becoming an active civic participant.
1. (A) examines the role of political parties in channeling public opinion, allowing people to act jointly, nominating candidates, conducting campaigns, and training future leaders.
2. (K) explains how public policy is formed and carried out at local, state, and national levels and what roles individuals and groups can play in the process.
Benchmark 5: The student engages in historical thinking skills.
1. (A) analyzes a theme in United States history to explain patterns of continuity and change over time.
2. (A) develops historical questions on a specific topic in United States history and analyzes the evidence in primary source documents to speculate on the answers.