MI.C. Civics and Government
C1. Purposes of Government: Explain why people create governments.
4-C1.0.1. Identify questions political scientists ask in examining the United States (e.g., What does government do? What are the basic values and principles of American democracy? What is the relationship of the United States to other nations? What are the roles of the citizen in American democracy?).
C2. Values and Principles of American Democracy: Understand values and principles of American constitutional democracy.
4-C2.0.1. Explain how the principles of popular sovereignty, rule of law, checks and balances, separation of powers, and individual rights (e.g., freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of press) serve to limit the powers of the federal government as reflected in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
C3. Structure and Functions of Government: Describe the structure of government in the United States and how it functions to serve citizens.
4-C3.0.3. Describe the organizational structure of the federal government in the United States (legislative, executive, and judicial branches).
4-C3.0.4. Describe how the powers of the federal government are separated among the branches.