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Topic: Personal responsibility 

Civics

 Standard 27.  Understands how certain character traits enhance citizens' ability to fulfill personal and civic responsibilities
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   Benchmark 1.Knows that a responsibility is a duty to do something or not to do something
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that responsibility can be a duty to do something
     2.Knows that responsibility can be a duty not to do something
     3.Knows the meaning of duty
   Benchmark 2.Knows examples of situations that involve responsibility and the sources of responsibility (e.g., a child obeying his/her parents' request to take care of the family's pet)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows examples of situations involving responsibility
     2.Knows sources of responsibility
     3.Knows that a child obeying his/her parents’ request to take care of the family’s pet is an example of a situation that involves responsibility
   Benchmark 3.Knows some of the benefits of fulfilling responsibilities (e.g., praise and approval from parents, increased confidence and self-esteem)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows some benefits of fulfilling responsibilities
     2.Knows that praise and approval can be a benefit of fulfilling responsibilities
     3.Knows that increased confidence and self-esteem can be benefits of fulfilling responsibilities
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 1.Understands why personal responsibility is important, and knows examples of personal responsibility (e.g., taking advantage of the opportunity to be educated)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands why personal responsibility is important
     2.Knows examples of personal responsibility
     3.Knows that taking advantage of the opportunity to be educated is an example of personal responsibility
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the importance for individuals and society of commonly held personal responsibilities such as taking care of one's self, supporting one's family, accepting responsibility for the consequences of one's actions, adhering to moral principles, considering the rights and interests of others, and behaving in a civil manner
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the importance for individuals of commonly held personal responsibilities
     2.Understands the importance for society of commonly held personal responsibilities
     3.Knows that taking care of one’s self is a commonly held personal responsibility
     4.Knows that supporting one’s family is a commonly held personal responsibility
     5.Knows that accepting responsibility for the consequences of one’s actions is a commonly held personal responsibility
     6.Knows that adhering to moral principles is a commonly held personal responsibility
     7.Knows that considering the rights and interests of others is a commonly held personal responsibility
     8.Knows that behaving in a civil manner is a commonly held personal responsibility
   Benchmark 2.Understands contemporary issues that involve personal responsibilities (e.g., failure to provide adequate support or care for one's children, cheating on examinations, lack of concern for the less fortunate)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows contemporary examples of issues involving personal responsibility
     2.Knows that the failure to provide adequate support and care for one’s children is a contemporary example of an issue involving personal responsibility
     3.Knows that cheating on examinations is a contemporary example of an issue involving personal responsibility
     4.Knows that the lack of concern for the less fortunate is a contemporary example of an issue involving personal responsibility
   Benchmark 4.Understands the meaning of civic responsibilities as distinguished from personal responsibilities, and understands contemporary issues that involve civic responsibilities (e.g., low voter participation, avoidance of jury duty, failure to be informed about public issues)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the meaning of civic responsibility
     2.Understands the meaning of personal responsibility
     3.Understands contemporary issues that involve civic responsibilities
     4.Knows that low voter participation is a contemporary issue that involves civic responsibility
     5.Knows that avoidance of jury duty is a contemporary issue that involves civic responsibility
     6.Knows that the failure to be informed about public issues is a contemporary issue that involves civic responsibility
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the distinction between personal and civic responsibilities and the tensions that may arise between them
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands differences between personal responsibility and civic responsibility
     2.Understands the tensions that may arise between personal responsibility and civic responsibility
   Benchmark 2.Understands how individuals and society benefit from the fulfillment of personal responsibilities such as supporting one's family and caring for, nurturing, and educating one's children
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how individuals benefit from the fulfillment of personal responsibilities
     2.Understands how society benefits from the fulfillment of personal responsibilities
     3.Knows the individual and social benefits of supporting and caring for one’s family and nurturing and educating one’s children