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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

http://www.civiced.org/index.php?page=introduction
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
http://www.civicyouth.org/
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.”
http://www.civicyouth.org/tools-for-practice/organizational-links/
CIRCLE’s excellent “organizational links” page
http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/15--The-Internet-and-Civic-Engagement/2--The-Current-State-of-Civic-Engagement-in-America/2--Participation.aspx
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
http://www.montana.edu/comminv/involvement/academic/How%20to%20find%20SL%20in%20Renne.doc
List of resources for teaching topics related to Service Learning and citizen involvement, from Montana State University
http://www.icivics.org/curriculum/politics-and-public-policy
Online Politics and Public Policy curricular unit, from iCivics.org
http://www.icivics.org/curriculum/citizenship-and-participation
Online Citizenship and Participation unit, from iCivics.org
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Resources for Objective 1.B.2.a:
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