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:
6.1.3. Fundamental values of democracy: the common good, liberty, justice, equality, and individual dignity.
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.
10.1. KNOWLEDGE - Learners will understand:
10.1.2. Concepts and ideals such as: individual dignity, fairness, freedom, the common good, rule of law, civic life, rights, and responsibilities.
N.NSCG. National Standards for Civics and Government (NSCG)
II.C. What are the Basic Values and Principles of American Democracy? Why is it important for Americans to share certain values, principles, and beliefs?
II.C.1. American identity: Students should be able to explain the importance of Americans sharing and supporting certain values, principles, and beliefs. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
II.C.1.1. Explain that Americans are united by the values, principles, and beliefs they share rather than by ethnicity, race, religion, class, language, gender, or national origin
II.C.1.2. Explain the importance of shared values, principles, and beliefs to the continuation and improvement of American democracy
III.A. How Does the Government Established by the Constitution Embody the Purposes, Values, and Principles of American Democracy? What is the United States Constitution and why is it important?
III.A.1. The meaning and importance of the United States Constitution: Students should be able to describe what the United States Constitution is and why it is important. To achieve this standard, students should be able to explain that the United States Constitution
III.A.1.4. Was created by people who believed that the
III.A.1.4.c. The people have the right to choose their representatives
V.F. What are the Roles of the Citizen in American Democracy? How can Americans participate in their government?
V.F.1. Forms of participation: Students should be able to describe the means by which citizens can influence the decisions and actions of their government. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
V.F.1.1. Identify ways people can monitor and influence the decisions and actions of their government
V.F.1.1.e. Taking an active role in interest groups, political parties, and other organizations that attempt to influence public policy and elections
N.NCHS. National Center for History in Schools (NCHS)
NCHS.3. Topic 3: The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
3.4. How democratic values came to be, and how they have been exemplified by people, events, and symbols.
3.4D. The student understands events that celebrate and exemplify fundamental values and principles of American democracy.