Michigan Curriculum Framework is a resource for helping Michigan's
public and private schools design, implement, and assess their core
content area curricula. The content standards identified in this
document are presented as models for the development of local district
curriculum by the Michigan State Board of Education and the Michigan
Department of Education. They represent rigorous expectations for
student performance, and describe the knowledge and abilities needed
to be successful in today's society"(MCF, 6). Civics
Onlinefeatures the civic perspective
of the Michigan Curriculum Framework and provides teachers and administrators
the ability to search for primary sources and activities that specifically
pertain to strands of the civic framework at differing grade levels.
Curriculum Framework and the Civic Perspective
III. Civic Perspective
Students will use knowledge of American government and politics
to make informed decisions about governing their communities.
Knowledge of government enables individuals to define the roles
of citizens within a constitutional democracy and to compare the
American system of government with other systems. Civic knowledge
builds understanding about the exercise of power. With knowledge
of government and politics, citizens are equipped to evaluate domestic
and international policy and to exert influence in public affairs.
Over time and in varying contexts, students construct an increasingly
sophisticated civic perspective organized by the following themes:
students will identify the purposes of national, state, and local
governments in the United States, describe how citizens organize
government to accomplish their purposes and assess their effectiveness.
All students will explain the meaning and origin of the ideas, including
the core democratic values expressed in the Declaration of Independence,
the Constitution, and other foundational documents of the United
All students will describe the political and legal processes created
to make decisions, seek consensus, and resolve conflicts in a free
All students will explain how American governmental institutions
at the local, state, and federal levels provide for the limitation
and sharing of power and how the nation's political system provides
for the exercise of power.
All students will understand how the world is organized politically,
the formation of American foreign policy, and the roles the United
States plays in the international arena.
Primary Sources to Support the MI Curriculum Framework for Civics
for primary sources by selecting one of the curriculum standards
and/or a grade level and click the "find sources" button.