U.S. National Standards
N.NCSS. National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS)
NCSS.6. POWER, AUTHORITY, AND GOVERNANCE
SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAMS SHOULD INCLUDE EXPERIENCES THAT PROVIDE FOR THE STUDY OF HOW PEOPLE CREATE, INTERACT WITH, AND CHANGE STRUCTURES OF POWER, AUTHORITY, AND GOVERNANCE.
6.1. KNOWLEDGE - Learners will understand:
6.1.4. The basic elements of government in the United States: executive, legislative, and judicial authority.
NCSS.10. CIVIC IDEALS AND PRACTICES
SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAMS SHOULD INCLUDE EXPERIENCES THAT PROVIDE FOR THE STUDY OF THE IDEALS, PRINCIPLES, AND PRACTICES OF CITIZENSHIP IN A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC.
10.2. PROCESSES - Learners will be able to:
10.2.4. Analyze how specific policies or citizen behaviors reflect ideals and practices consistent or inconsistent with democratic ideals.
N.NSCG. National Standards for Civics and Government (NSCG)
I.A. What is Government and What Should It Do? What is government?
I.A.1. Defining government: Students should be able to provide a basic description of government. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
I.A.1.1. Describe government in terms of the people and groups who make, apply, and enforce rules and laws for others in their family, school, community, and nation and who manage disputes about them, e.g.,
I.A.1.1.g. Courts at all levels apply laws, manage disputes, and punish lawbreakers
II.F. What are the Basic Values and Principles of American Democracy? How can people work together to promote the values and principles of American democracy?
II.F.1. Promoting ideals: Students should be able to identify ways people can work together to promote the values and principles of American democracy. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
II.F.1.1. Explain how they can promote the values and principles of American democracy by
II.F.1.1.c. Participating in government, e.g., voting, becoming informed about public issues, attempting to change laws by writing to legislators, serving on juries
III.C. How Does the Government Established by the Constitution Embody the Purposes, Values, and Principles of American Democracy? What are the major responsibilities of state governments?
III.C.1. Organization and major responsibilities of state governments: Students should be able to explain the most important responsibilities of their state government. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
III.C.1.2. Describe the major responsibilities of each branch of their state government
III.C.1.2.c. Judicial branch—interprets law and manages conflicts about the law
V.A. What are the Roles of the Citizen in American Democracy? What does it mean to be a citizen of the United States?
V.A.1. The meaning of citizenship: Students should be able to explain the meaning of citizenship in the United States. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
V.A.1.1. Explain the important characteristics of citizenship in the United States. Specifically, citizenship
V.A.1.1.c. Means each person has certain responsibilities, e.g., respecting the law, voting, paying taxes, serving on juries
V.D. What are the Roles of the Citizen in American Democracy? What are important responsibilities of Americans?
V.D.1. Responsibilities of individuals: Students should be able to explain why certain responsibilities are important to themselves and their family, community, state, and nation. To achieve this standard, students should be able to identify such responsibilities as the following and explain their importance:
V.D.1.2. Civic responsibilities, e.g., obeying the law, respecting the rights of others, being informed and attentive to the needs of their community, paying attention to how well their elected leaders are doing their jobs, communicating with their representatives in their school, local, state, and national governments, voting, paying taxes, serving on juries, serving in the armed forces