ME.A. Applications of Social Studies Processes, Knowledge, and Skills: Students apply critical thinking, a research process, and discipline-based processes and knowledge from civics/government, economics, geography, and history in authentic contexts.
A.1. Researching and Developing Positions on Current Social Studies Issues: Students identify and answer research questions related to social studies, by locating and selecting information and presenting findings.
A.1.c. Locate and access information by using text features.
ME.B. Civics and Government: Students draw on concepts from civics and government to understand political systems, power, authority, governance, civic ideals and practices, and the role of citizens in the community, Maine, the United States, and world.
B.1. Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns of Civics/Government: Students understand the basic ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of democratic government in Maine and the United States.
B.1.a. Explain that the study of government includes how governments are organized and how citizens participate.
B.1.b. Explain and provide examples of democratic ideals and constitutional principles to include the rule of law, legitimate power, and common good.
B.1.e. Explain that the structures and processes of government are described in documents, including the Constitutions of Maine and the United States.
B.2. Rights, Duties, Responsibilities, and Citizen Participation in Government: Students understand the basic rights, duties, responsibilities, and roles of citizens in a democracy.
B.2.a. Identify the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens within the class, school, or community.
B.2.b. Identify and describe the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights as documents that establish government and protect the rights of the individual United States citizen.
B.2.c. Provide examples of how people influence government and work for the common good including voting, writing to legislators, performing community service, and engaging in civil disobedience.
B.3. Individual, Cultural, International, and Global Connections in Civics and Government: Students understand civic aspects of unity and diversity in the daily life of various cultures in the United States and the world, including Maine Native Americans.
B.3.b. Describe civic beliefs and activities in the daily life of diverse cultures, including Maine Native Americans and various cultures in the United States and the world.