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Topic: American national identity and political culture 

Civics

 Standard 11.  Understands the role of diversity in American life and the importance of shared values, political beliefs, and civic beliefs in an increasingly diverse American society
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 5.Knows how an American's identity stems from belief in and allegiance to shared political values and principles, and how this identity differs from that of most other nations, which often base their identity on such things as ethnicity, race, religion, class, language, gender, or national origin
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that the American identity stems from belief in and allegiance to shared political values and principles
     2.Knows how the American identity differs from that of most other nations
     3.Knows that in other nations, identity is often based on ethnicity, race, religion, class, language, gender, or national origin
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 5.Knows beliefs that are common to American political culture (e.g., belief in equality of opportunity; mistrust of power, as well as high expectations of what elected officials and government should do; the need to admit to faults or shortcomings in the society; the belief that social, economic, or political problems can be alleviated through collective effort)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that the belief in equality of opportunity is common to American political culture
     2.Knows that the mistrust of power, as well as high expectations of government, is common to American political culture
     3.Knows that the need to admit to faults or shortcomings in the society is common to American political culture
     4.Knows that the belief that social, economic, or political problems can be alleviated through collective effort is common to American political culture
   Benchmark 6.Knows how shared ideas and values of American political culture are reflected in various sources and documents (e.g., the Bill of Rights, The Federalist and Anti-federalist writings, Woodrow Wilson's "Fourteen Points," Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from the Birmingham Jail," landmark decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how the shared ideas of American political culture are reflected in various sources and documents
     2.Knows how the shared values of American political culture are reflected in various sources and documents
     3.Knows how shared ideas and values of American political culture are reflected in the Bill of Rights
     4.Knows how shared ideas and values of American political culture are reflected in "The Federalist" and Anti federalist writings
     5.Knows how shared ideas and values of American political culture are reflected in Woodrow Wilson’s "Fourteen Points"
     6.Knows how shared ideas and values of American political culture are reflected in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "Letter from the Birmingham Jail"
     7.Knows how shared ideas and values of American political culture are reflected in landmark decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States