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Topic: Meaning and importance of United States Constitution 

Civics

 Standard 15.  Understands how the United States Constitution grants and distributes power and responsibilities to national and state government and how it seeks to prevent the abuse of power
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 1.Understands that the Constitution is a written document which states that the fundamental purposes of American government are to protect individual rights and promote the common good
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that the Constitution is a written document
     2.Knows the Constitution states that one of the fundamental purposes of American government is to protect individual rights
     3.Knows the Constitution states that one of the fundamental purposes of American government is to promote the common good
   Benchmark 2.Knows that the Constitution describes how the government is organized, defines and limits the powers of government, and is the highest law in the land
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that the Constitution describes how the government is organized
     2.Knows that the Constitution defines and limits the powers of government
     3.Knows that the Constitution is the highest law in the land
   Benchmark 3.Knows that the government was created by people who had the following beliefs: the government is established by and for the people, the people have the right to choose their representatives, and the people have the right to change their government and the Constitution
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that the government was created by people who had certain beliefs
     2.Knows that people who created the government believed that the government is established by and for the people
     3.Knows that people who created the government believed that the people have the right to choose their representatives
     4.Knows that people who created the government believed that the people have the right to change their government and the Constitution