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Topic: Republicanism and American constitutional democracy 

Civics

 Standard 12.  Understands the relationships among liberalism, republicanism, and American constitutional democracy
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 7.Understands that a "republic" is a state in which the citizenry as a whole is considered sovereign but which is governed by elected representatives rather than directly by the people as in direct democracy
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that in a "republic" citizenry as a whole is considered sovereign
     2.Knows that in a "republic" citizenry is governed by elected representatives rather than directly by the people as in direct democracy
   Benchmark 8.Knows the major ideas of republicanism (e.g., government of a republic seeks the public or common good rather than the good of a particular group or class of society; "civic virtue" of citizens is essential, in which citizens put the public or common good above their private interests)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that republicanism calls for a government that seeks the public or common good rather than the good of a particular group or class of society
     2.Knows that civic virtue is essential to republicanism
   Benchmark 9.Knows how ideas of classical republicanism are reflected in the United States Constitution (e.g., the guarantee to the states of a "republican form of government" in Article IV, Section 4; provisions for the election of representatives to the Congress in Article I, Section 2 and the Seventeenth Amendment)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the states a "republican form of government" in Article IV, Section 4
     2.Knows the provisions for the election of representatives to the Congress in Article I, Section 2 and the Seventeenth Amendment
   Benchmark 10.Knows how the use of the term "republican" to refer to the American form of government differs from the use of the term to refer to the Republican Party in the United States
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the use of the term "republican" to refer to the American form of government
     2.Understands the use of the term "republican" to refer to the Republican Party in the United States
   Benchmark 11.Understands reasons why classical republicanism and liberalism are potentially in conflict (e.g., on the primary purpose of government as the promotion of the public good or as the promotion of the protection of individual rights)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that liberalism and republicanism differ on the primary purpose of government
     2.Knows that liberalism and republicanism differ on whether government should promote the public good or individual rights
   Benchmark 12.Knows various viewpoints regarding the importance of civic virtue for American democracy today
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that people view the importance of civic virtue differently
     2.Understands the role of civic virtue in American democracy