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Topic: Functions of state constitutions 

Civics

 Standard 17.  Understands issues concerning the relationship between state and local governments and the national government and issues pertaining to representation at all three levels of government
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands that his/her state has a constitution because the United States is a federal system
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands that his/her state has a constitution
     2.Knows that the United States is a federal system
     3.Knows that federal systems require constitutions
   Benchmark 2.Knows the major purposes of his/her state constitution, the process by which citizens can change their state constitution, and the basic similarities and differences between his/her state constitution and the United States Constitution
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the major purposes of his/her state constitution
     2.Knows the process by which citizens can change their state constitution
     3.Knows the basic similarities between his/her state constitution and the United States Constitution
     4.Knows the basic differences between his/her state constitution and the United States Constitution
   Benchmark 3.Understands why the United States Constitution cannot be violated by state constitutions and state governments
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands why the United States Constitution cannot be violated by state constitutions
     2.Understands why the United States Constitution cannot be violated by state governments
   Benchmark 4.Understands the process by which citizens can change their state constitution and cite examples of changes
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the process by which citizens can change their state constitution
     2.Knows examples of changes made to state constitutions by the citizens