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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

Political Science | Peoples of the Nation and World | Geography | Economics | History | Social Studies Skills and Processes

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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic B. Individual and Group Participation in the Political System

Indicator 2. Defend the importance of civic participation as a citizen of the United States

Objective a. Evaluate ways people can participate in the political process including voting, analyzing the media, petitioning elected officials, and volunteering

Resource Links
Home page for the Center for Civic Education’s Project Citizen program, which provides a framework for student analysis of contemporary issues and identification of strategies for addressing them
Home page of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), a think tank that “conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.”
CIRCLE’s excellent “organizational links” page
Pew Internet Study entitled “The Current State of Civic Engagement.” Site contains a variety of statistical findings on who participates in the political process, how often, and how
List of resources for teaching topics related to Service Learning and citizen involvement, from Montana State University
Online Politics and Public Policy curricular unit, from
Online Citizenship and Participation unit, from
Resources for Objective 1.B.2.a:
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