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Topic: Evaluating rules and laws 

Civics

 Standard 18.  Understands the role and importance of law in the American constitutional system and issues regarding the judicial protection of individual rights
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 4.Understands criteria for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a rule or law by determining if it is understandable (i.e., clearly written with explicit requirements), possible to follow (i.e., does not demand the impossible), fair, well designed to achieve its purposes, and designed to protect individual rights and to promote the common good
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands criteria for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a rule
     2.Understands criteria for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a law
     3.Understands criteria for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a rule or law by determining if it is understandable
     4.Knows that a rule or law is understandable if it is clearly written with explicit requirements
     5.Understands criteria for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a rule or law by determining if it is possible to follow
     6.Knows that a rule or law is possible to follow if it does not demand the impossible
     7.Understands criteria for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a rule or law by determining if it is fair
     8.Understands criteria for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a rule or law by determining if it is well designed to achieve its purposes
     9.Understands criteria for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a rule or law by determining if it is designed to protect individual rights
     10.Understands criteria for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a rule or law by determining if it is designed to promote the common good
   Benchmark 5.Understands the process necessary for drafting rules in his/her school or community that meets the criteria for a well-constructed rule or law
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the process necessary for drafting rules in his/her school that meets the criteria for a well constructed rule or law
     2.Understands the process necessary for drafting rules in his/her community that meets the criteria for a well constructed rule or law