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High School | Social Studies | Politics

The existence and advancement of a free society depend on the knowledge, skills and understanding of its citizenry. Through the study of various forms and levels of government and the documents and institutions of the United States, students will develop the skills and knowledge that they need to be contributing citizens, now and in the future.

Learning Objectives Grades 9-10

Understand and explain basic principles of the United States government:

  • Analyze how local, state and national governments serve the purposes for which they were created.

Understand the structures and functions of the political systems of the United States and other nations:

  • Compare the political systems of the United States to other nations.

Understand election processes and responsibilities of citizens:

  • Describe the meaning of participatory citizenship (e.g., volunteerism, voting) at all levels of government and society in the United States.

Understand the roles and influences of individuals and interest groups in the political systems of the United States and other nations:

  • Analyze roles and influences of individuals, groups and media in shaping current debates on state and national policies.

Understand United States foreign policy as it relates to other nations and international issues:

  • Analyze historical trends of United States foreign policy (e.g., emergence as a world leader - military, industrial, financial).

Understand the development of United States political ideas and traditions:

  • Determine the historical events and processes that brought about changes in United States political ideas and traditions (e.g., the New Deal, Civil War).
  • Describe how United States’ political ideas, practices and technologies have extended rights for Americans in the 20th century (e.g., suffrage, civil rights, motor-voter registration).

Learning Objectives Grades 11-12

Understand and explain basic principles of the United States government:

  • Analyze ways in which federalism protects individual rights and promotes the common good and how at times has made it possible for states to protect and deny rights for certain groups.

Understand the structures and functions of the political systems of the United States and other nations:

  • Analyze similarities and differences among world political systems (e.g., democracy, socialism, communism).

Understand election processes and responsibilities of citizens:

  • Analyze the consequences of participation and non-participation in the electoral process (e.g., women’s suffrage, voter registration, effects of media).

Understand the roles and influences of individuals and interest groups in the political systems of the United States and other nations:

  • Interpret a variety of public policies and issues from the perspectives of different individuals and groups.

Understand United States foreign policy as it relates to other nations and international issues:

  • Analyze relationships and tensions among members of the international community.

Understand the development of United States political ideas and traditions:

  • Interpret how changing geographical, economic, technological and social forces affect United States political ideas and traditions (e.g., freedom, equality and justice, individual rights).

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