New York Standards
NY.1. History of the United States and New York: Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.
1.1. The study of New York State and United States history requires an analysis of the development of American culture, its diversity and multicultural context, and the ways people are unified by many values, practices, and traditions.
1.1.2. Students understand the basic ideals of American democracy as explained in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and other important documents.
1.1.3. Students explain those values, practices, and traditions that unite all Americans.
NY.5. Civics, Citizenship, and Government: Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the United States and other nations; the United States Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.
5.1. The study of civics, citizenship, and government involves learning about political systems; the purposes of government and civic life; and the differing assumptions held by people across time and place regarding power, authority, governance, and law. (Adapted from The National Standards for Civics and Government, 1994).
5.1.1. Students know the meaning of key terms and concepts related to government, including democracy, power, citizenship, nation-state, and justice.
5.2. The state and federal governments established by the Constitutions of the United States and the State of New York embody basic civic values (such as justice, honesty, self-discipline, due process, equality, majority rule with respect for minority rights, and respect for self, others, and property), principles, and practices and establish a system of shared and limited government. (Adapted from The National Standards for Civics and Government, 1994).
5.2.1. Students explain how the Constitutions of New York State and the United States and the Bill of Rights are the basis for democratic values in the United States.
5.2.2. Students understand the basic civil values that are the foundation of American constitutional democracy.
5.2.4. Students understand that the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of New York are written plans for organizing the functions of government.
5.2.5. Students understand the structure of New York State and local governments, including executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
5.2.6. Students identify their legislative and executive representatives at the local, state, and national governments. (Adapted from The National Standards for Civics and Government, 1994).
5.3. Central to civics and citizenship is an understanding of the roles of the citizen within American constitutional democracy and the scope of a citizen's rights and responsibilities.
5.3.4. Students examine the basic principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutions of the United States and New York State.