III. Civic Perspective

Content Standard 2: 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 States. (Ideals of American Democracy)

Early Elementary

Later Elementary

Middle School

High School

1. Identify aspects of life at school and in the local community that illustrate justice and freedom.
1. Interpret the development and summarize the main points in the Declaration of Independence.
2. Interpret the meaning of specific rights guaranteed by the Constitution including religious liberty, free expression, privacy, property, due process of law and equal protection of the law.

Explain responsibilities citizens have to uphold constitutional rights.

1. Identify the essential ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the origins of those ideas, and explain how they set the foundation for civic life, politics and government in the United States.
2. Describe provisions of the U.S. Constitution which delegate to government the powers necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was established.
3. Explain means for limiting the powers of government established by the U.S. Constitution.
1. Identify benefits and challenges of diversity in American life.
2. Use the ideas in the Declaration of Independence to evaluate the conduct of citizens, political behavior, and the practices of government.

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