III. Civic Perspective

Content Standard 1: All 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. (Purposes of Government)

Early Elementary

Later Elementary

Middle School

High School

1. Cite examples of government carrying out its legal authority in their local community.
2. Describe consequences of not having rules.
1. Distinguish among local, state, and national government in the United States and describe the roles of government institutions at all three levels.
2. Give examples of authority and the use of power without authority.
3. Give reasons for limiting the power of government.
1. Describe how the federal government in the United States serves the purposes set forth in the Preamble to the Constitution.
2. Distinguish between representative democracy in the United States and other forms of government.
3. Explain how the rule of law protects individual rights and serves the common good.
4. Explain the importance of limited government to protect political and economic freedom.
1. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of a federal system of government.
2. Evaluate how effectively the federal government is serving the purposes for which it was created.
3. Evaluate the relative merits of the American presidential system and parliamentary systems.

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