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
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.12. Explain the process of creating change at the local, state, or national level.
NJ.SS.6.3.4. Active Citizenship in the 21st Century: All students will acquire the skills needed to be active, informed citizens who value diversity and promote cultural understanding by working collaboratively to address the challenges that are inherent in living in an interconnected world.
Active citizens in the 21st century: Recognize that people have different perspectives based on their beliefs, values, traditions, culture, and experiences; Identify stereotyping, bias, prejudice, and discrimination in their lives and communities; Are aware of their relationships to people, places, and resources in the local community and beyond; Make informed and reasoned decisions by seeking and assessing information, asking questions, and evaluating alternate solutions; Develop strategies to reach consensus and resolve conflict; Demonstrate understanding of the need for fairness and take appropriate action against unfairness.
6.3.4.A. Civics, Government, and Human Rights
6.3.4.A.2. Examine the impact of a local issue by considering the perspectives of different groups, including community members and local officials.