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Topic: Civic characteristics and disposition 

Civics

 Standard 27.  Understands how certain character traits enhance citizens' ability to fulfill personal and civic responsibilities
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 3.Knows private character traits that contribute to the health of American democracy such as individual responsibility, self-discipline/self-governance, honesty, persistence, and compassion
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows private character traits that contribute to the health of American democracy
     2.Knows that people can contribute to the health of American democracy
     3.Knows that individual responsibility contributes to the health of American democracy
     4.Knows that self-discipline and self-governance contribute to the health of American democracy
     5.Knows that honesty contributes to the health of American democracy
     6.Knows that persistence contributes to the health of American democracy
     7.Knows that compassion contributes to the health of American democracy
   Benchmark 4.Knows public character traits that contribute to the health of American democracy such as civility, respect for the rights of other individuals, respect for the law, open mindedness, critical mindedness, negotiation and compromise, civic mindedness, and patriotism
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows public character traits that contribute to the health of American democracy
     2.Knows that civility contributes to the health of American democracy
     3.Knows that respecting the rights of others contributes to the health of American democracy
     4.Knows that respecting the law contributes to the health of American democracy
     5.Knows that open mindedness contributes to the health of American democracy
     6.Knows that critical mindedness contributes to the health of American democracy
     7.Knows that negotiation and compromise contribute to the health of American democracy
     8.Knows that civic mindedness contributes to the health of American democracy
     9.Knows that patriotism contributes to the health of American democracy
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 6.Understands the importance of dispositions that lead citizens to become independent members of society such as self-discipline, self-governance, and individual responsibility (i.e., fulfilling the moral and legal obligations of membership in society)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the importance of dispositions that lead citizens to fulfill the moral obligations of membership in society
     2.Understands the importance of dispositions that lead citizens to fulfill the legal obligations of membership in society
     3.Knows that self-discipline can lead citizens to become independent members of society
     4.Knows that self-governance can lead citizens to become independent members of society
     5.Knows that individual responsibility can lead citizens to become independent members of society
   Benchmark 7.Understands the importance of dispositions that foster respect for individual worth and human dignity such as compassion and respect for the rights and choices of individuals
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the importance of dispositions that foster respect for individual worth
     2.Understands the importance of dispositions that foster respect for human dignity
     3.Understands that compassion fosters respect for individual worth and human dignity
     4.Understands that respecting the rights and choices of individuals fosters respect for individual worth and human dignity
   Benchmark 8.Understands the importance of dispositions that incline citizens toward public affairs such as civic mindedness and patriotism (i.e., loyalty to the principles underlying American constitutional democracy as distinguished from jingoism and chauvinism)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the importance of dispositions that incline citizens toward public affairs
     2.Understands that civic mindedness can incline citizens toward public affairs
     3.Understands that patriotism can incline citizens toward public affairs
     4.Understands the distinction between loyalty to the principles of American constitutional democracy and jingoism
     5.Understands the distinction between loyalty to the principles of American constitutional democracy and chauvinism