New Jersey Student Learning Standards
NJ.SS.6.1.4. U.S. History: America in the World: All students will acquire the knowledge and skills to think analytically about how past and present interactions of people, cultures, and the environment shape the American heritage. Such knowledge and skills enable students to make informed decisions that reflect fundamental rights and core democratic values as productive citizens in local, national, and global communities.
6.1.4.A. Civics, Government, and Human Rights
There are different branches within the United States government, each with its own structure, leaders, and processes, and each designed to address specific issues and concerns.
6.1.4.A.5. Distinguish the roles and responsibilities of the three branches of the national government.
In a representative democracy, individuals elect representatives to act on the behalf of the people.
6.1.4.A.7. Explain how the United States functions as a representative democracy, and describe the roles of elected representatives and how they interact with citizens at local, state, and national levels.
6.1.4.A.8. Compare and contrast how government functions at the community, county, state, and national levels, the services provided, and the impact of policy decisions made at each level.
The United States democratic system requires active participation of its citizens.
6.1.4.A.11. Explain how the fundamental rights of the individual and the common good of the country depend upon all citizens exercising their civic responsibilities at the community, state, national, and global levels.
6.1.4.D. History, Culture, and Perspectives
Key historical events, documents, and individuals led to the development of our nation.
6.1.4.D.6. Describe the civic leadership qualities and historical contributions of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin toward the development of the United States government.