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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

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Based on their study of citizens becoming involved in the political process in the context of early U.S. history, have the students identify and analyze a contemporary issue and design an action plan for implementing change as it relates to this matter. Be sure the students can explain why the strategies they have identified for their involvement in the political process are well-suited for the issue they have selected.