State Standards - Social Studies

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Standard 1.0 Political Science: Students will understand the historical development and current status of the democratic principles and the development of skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens. Standard 1.0 Political Science: Students will understand the historical development and current status of the democratic principles and the development of skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens. Standard 1.0 Political Science: Students will understand the historical development and current status of the democratic principles and the development of skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens.
A. The Foundations and Function of Government A. The Foundations and Function of Government A. The Foundations and Function of Government
1. Explain the importance of rules
1. Explain how rules and laws are made and necessary to maintain order and protect citizens
1. Explain the role of individuals and groups in creating rules and laws to maintain order, protect citizens, and provide services
a. Explain how rules promote fairness, responsibility, and privacy in the school and community
a. Explain how school and community rules promote orderliness, fairness, responsibility, privacy, and safety
a. Identify local government leaders, such as the mayor, county council members or commissioners, and county executive and explain their role in protecting citizens and maintaining order
b. Identify leadership positions in the school and community and recognize their authority in keeping students safe, following rules, and maintaining order
b. Identify leadership positions and organizations in the community and explain how they can be helpful in maintaining safety and order
b. Explain the consequences of violating rules and laws
    c. Describe the selection process and duties of local officials who make, apply, and enforce laws through government
2. Identify and discuss the meaning of symbols and practices associated with the United States of America
2. Explain how democratic skills and attitudes are associated with being a responsible citizen
2. Explain how certain practices are connected with the democratic principles (skills, attitudes, and dispositions) of being a citizen
a. Identify and discuss the meaning of common symbols associated with the United States of America, such as bald eagle, White House, and the Statue of Liberty
a. Use appropriate informational text to develop an understanding of democratic skills and attitudes, such as rights and responsibilities, respect, fairness, honesty, loyalty, and courage
a. Identify and explain democratic principles, such as individual rights and responsibilities, patriotism, common good, justice and equality
b. Describe how actions, such as pledging allegiance to the American flag and singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America" are associated with being a citizen
b. Connect certain people, symbols, songs and poems to the ideals they represent, such as George Washington portrays leadership, the American flag represents loyalty and respect, and the Star Spangled Banner represents courage and freedom
b. Describe practices such as voting, following rules, volunteering, and recognizing national holidays associated with democratic principles
B. Individual and Group Participation in the Political System B. Individual and Group Participation in the Political System B. Individual and Group Participation in the Political System
1. Identify and describe people important to the American political system
1. Explain how contributions and events are important to the American political system
1. Explain how people and events have contributed to the American political system
a. Describe the contributions of people, past and present, such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the current president
a. Describe the contributions of local government leaders and current leaders of their school and community, such as county executives, county council or mayor, and city council
a. Describe the contributions of local government leaders such as county executives, county council, mayor and city council
b. Explain how contributions of people may be recognized with holidays and celebrations, such as Presidents' Day and Veterans' Day
b. Explain how contributions of people recognized in holidays, such as Memorial Day and Constitution Day, represent democratic beliefs and attitudes, that include rights and responsibilities, loyalty, respect, and courage
b. Describe the contributions of people who contributed to the common good of society
2. Analyze the role of individual and group participation in creating a supportive community
    a. Explain the decision making process used to accomplish a community goal or solve a community problem
    b. Explain the roles and responsibilities of effective citizens in a political process
    c. Describe the actions of people who have made a positive difference in their community, such as community and civic leaders, and organizations
C. Protecting Rights and Maintaining Order C. Protecting Rights and Maintaining Order C. Protecting Rights and Maintaining Order
1. Describe the rights and responsibilities of being a participating member of the family, school and neighborhood
1. Describe the rights and responsibilities of being a participating member of the school and the community
1. Explain the rights and responsibilities of being a member of the school and the community
a. Identify the rights, responsibilities and choices that students have in the family, school, and neighborhood
a. Recognize and describe how making choices affects self, family, school, and community
a. Describe the responsibilities of being an effective citizen, such as cleaning up your neighborhood, being informed, obeying rules and laws, participating in class decisions, and volunteering
b. Demonstrate ways to work together to maintain a clean and safe home, school, and neighborhood environment
b. Identify concerns in the community, such as safety issues and pollution problems and ways to resolve these concerns
 
 

 

MSDE has developed a toolkit for these standards which can be found online at: http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/social_studies/vsc_toolkit.html.

 

Date: 1/27/2015