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Topic: Responsible political participation 

Civics

 Standard 28.  Understands how participation in civic and political life can help citizens attain individual and public goals
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 1.Understands why it is important for citizens to monitor their local, state, and national governments; and knows ways people can monitor the decisions and actions of their government such as reading about public issues, watching television news programs, discussing public issues, and communicating with public officials
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands why it is important for citizens to monitor their local governments
     2.Understands why it is important for citizens to monitor their state governments
     3.Understands why it is important for citizens to monitor their national government
     4.Knows various ways citizens can monitor the decisions and actions of their government
     5.Knows that reading about public issues is a way that citizens can monitor the decisions and actions of their government
     6.Knows that watching television news programs is a way that citizens can monitor the decisions and actions of their government
     7.Knows that discussing public issues is a way that citizens can monitor the decisions and actions of their government
     8.Knows that communicating with public officials is a way that citizens can monitor the decisions and actions of their government
 Standard 29.  Understands the importance of political leadership, public service, and a knowledgeable citizenry in American constitutional democracy
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 7.Understands why becoming knowledgeable about public affairs and the values and principles of American constitutional democracy and communicating that knowledge to others is an important form of participation, and understands the argument that constitutional democracy requires the participation of an attentive, knowledgeable, and competent citizenry
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands why becoming knowledgeable about public affairs is an important form of civic participation
     2.Understands why becoming knowledgeable about the values and principles of American constitutional democracy is an important form of civic participation
     3.Understands why communicating knowledge about public affairs is an important form of civic participation
     4.Understands why communicating knowledge about the values and principles of American constitutional democracy is an important form of civic participation
     5.Understands the argument that constitutional democracy requires the participation of an attentive, knowledgeable, and competent citizenry
   Benchmark 8.Understands how awareness of the nature of American constitutional change gives citizens the ability to reaffirm or change fundamental constitutional values
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how awareness of the nature of American constitutional change gives citizens the ability to reaffirm fundamental constitutional values
     2.Understands the nature of American constitutional change
     3.Understands how awareness of the nature of American constitutional change gives citizens the ability to change fundamental constitutional values
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 2.Understands why becoming knowledgeable about public affairs and the values and principles of American constitutional democracy, and communicating that knowledge to others are important forms of participation, and understands the argument that constitutional democracy requires the participation of an attentive, knowledgeable, and competent citizenry
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands why becoming knowledgeable about the values and principles of American constitutional democracy is an important form of civic participation
     2.Understands why becoming knowledgeable about public affairs is an important form of civic participation
     3.Understands why communicating knowledge about public affairs is an important form of civic participation
     4.Understands why communicating knowledge about the values and principles of American constitutional democracy is an important form of civic participation
     5.Understands the argument that constitutional democracy requires the participation of an attentive, knowledgeable, and competent citizenry
   Benchmark 3.Understands how awareness of the nature of American constitutional change gives citizens the ability to reaffirm or change fundamental constitutional values
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how awareness of the nature of American constitutional change gives citizens the ability to reaffirm fundamental constitutional values
     2.Understands the nature of American constitutional change
     3.Understands how awareness of the nature of American constitutional change gives citizens the ability to change fundamental constitutional values