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Topic: Political leadership and public service 

Civics

 Standard 29.  Understands the importance of political leadership, public service, and a knowledgeable citizenry in American constitutional democracy
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   Benchmark 1.Knows that a good leader puts the interests of the people ahead of personal interests
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that a good leader puts the interests of the people first
     2.Knows that a good leader puts personal interests last
   Benchmark 2.Knows the characteristics of a good leader (e.g., experience, determination, confidence, a desire to be a leader, the ability to solve problems creatively)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that a good leader has experience
     2.Knows that a good leader has determination
     3.Knows that a good leader is confident
     4.Knows that a good leader wants to be a leader
     5.Knows that a good leader solves problems creatively
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 1.Knows what political leaders do and why leadership is necessary in a democracy
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows general responsibilities of political leaders
     2.Knows why leadership is necessary in a democracy
   Benchmark 2.Knows opportunities for leadership and public service in the student’s own classroom, school, community, state, and the nation; and understands why leadership and public service are important to the continuance and improvement of American democracy
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows opportunities for leadership and public service in the classroom
     2.Knows opportunities for leadership and public service in the school
     3.Knows opportunities for leadership and public service in the community
     4.Knows opportunities for leadership and public service in the state
     5.Knows opportunities for leadership and public service in the nation
     6.Understands why leadership and public service are needed to continue the American democracy
     7.Understands why leadership and public service are an important part of improving the American democracy
   Benchmark 3.Understands the importance of individuals working cooperatively with their elected leaders
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that some leaders are elected by the people
     2.Knows that leaders work with the people who elect them
   Benchmark 4.Knows the major duties, powers, privileges, and limitations of a position of leadership (e.g., class president, mayor, state senator, tribal chairperson, president of the United States); and knows how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of candidates in terms of the qualifications required for a particular leadership role
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the major duties, powers, privileges, and limitations of a class president
     2.Knows the major duties, powers, privileges, and limitations of a mayor
     3.Knows the major duties, powers, privileges, and limitations of a state senator
     4.Knows the major duties, powers, privileges, and limitations of a tribal chairperson
     5.Knows the major duties, powers, privileges, and limitations of the president of the United States
     6.Knows how to evaluate a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses
     7.Knows that the qualifications required for a particular leadership role may be different from those required by a different leadership role
     8.Knows that candidates should be evaluated based on the requirements for a particular leadership role
   Benchmark 5.Knows qualities leaders should have such as commitment to the values and principles of constitutional democracy, respect for the rights of others, ability to work with others, reliability or dependability, courage, honesty, ability to be fair, intelligence, willingness to work hard, and special knowledge or skills
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that leaders should be committed to the values and principles of constitutional democracy
     2.Knows that leaders should respect the rights of others
     3.Knows that leaders should be able to work with others
     4.Knows that leaders should be reliable and dependable
     5.Knows that leaders should be courageous
     6.Knows that leaders should be honest
     7.Knows that leaders should be fair
     8.Knows that leaders should be intelligent
     9.Knows that leaders should be willing to work hard
     10.Knows that leaders may have special knowledge or skills
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the functions of political leadership and why leadership is a vital necessity in a constitutional democracy
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the function of political leadership
     2.Knows why it is necessary to have political leadership in a constitutional democracy
   Benchmark 2.Knows personal qualities necessary for political leadership, and understands ethical dilemmas that might confront political leaders
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows personal qualities necessary for political leadership
     2.Understands ethical dilemmas that might confront political leaders
   Benchmark 3.Knows opportunities for political leadership in the student’s own school, community, state, and the nation; and understands the importance of individuals working cooperatively with their elected leaders
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows opportunities for political leadership in the school
     2.Knows opportunities for political leadership in the community
     3.Knows opportunities for political leadership in the state
     4.Knows opportunities for political leadership in the nation
     5.Understands the importance of individuals working cooperatively with their elected leaders
   Benchmark 4.Understands the importance of public service in a constitutional democracy
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows why public service is important
     2.Understands the relationship between public service and constitutional democracy
   Benchmark 5.Knows opportunities for public service in the student’s own school, community, state, and nation; and knows career opportunities in public service
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows career opportunities in public service
     2.Knows opportunities for public service in the school
     3.Knows opportunities for public service in the community
     4.Knows opportunities for public service in the state
     5.Knows opportunities for public service in the nation
   Benchmark 6.Understands the role of "the loyal opposition" in a constitutional democracy
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the meaning of "loyal opposition"
     2.Understands the purpose of "loyal opposition"
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Knows various ways students can exercise leadership in public affairs, and knows opportunities for citizens to engage in careers in public service
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows various ways students can exercise leadership in public affairs
     2.Knows opportunities for citizens to engage in careers in public service