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Topic: Shared values and principles in American society 

Civics

 Standard 9.  Understands the importance of Americans sharing and supporting certain values, beliefs, and principles of American constitutional democracy
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 1.Understands how Americans are united by the values, principles, and beliefs they share rather than by ethnicity, race, religion, class, language, gender, or national origin
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how Americans are more united by shared values, principles, and beliefs than by ethnicity
     2.Understands how Americans are more united by shared values, principles, and beliefs than by race
     3.Understands how Americans are more united by shared values, principles, and beliefs than by religion
     4.Understands how Americans are more united by shared values, principles, and beliefs than by class
     5.Understands how Americans are more united by shared values, principles, and beliefs than by language
     6.Understands how Americans are more united by shared values, principles, and beliefs than by gender
     7.Understands how Americans are more united by shared values, principles, and beliefs than by national origin
   Benchmark 2.Understands how shared values, principles, and beliefs contribute to the continuation and improvement of American democracy
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how shared values, principles, and beliefs contribute to the continuation of the American democracy
     2.Understands how shared values, principles, and beliefs contribute to the improvement of the American democracy
   Benchmark 3.Knows how specific documents in American history set forth shared values, principles, and beliefs (e.g., Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution and Bill of Rights, Pledge of Allegiance)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how the Declaration of Independence sets forth shared values, principles, and beliefs
     2.Knows how the United States Constitution sets forth shared values, principles, and beliefs
     3.Knows how the Bill of Rights sets forth shared values, principles, and beliefs
     4.Knows how the Pledge of Allegiance sets forth shared values, principles, and beliefs
   Benchmark 4.Knows how various symbols are used to depict Americans' shared values, principles, and beliefs and explain their meaning (e.g., the flag, Statue of Liberty, Statue of Justice, Uncle Sam, great seal, national anthem, oaths of office, mottoes such as E Pluribus Unum)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how various symbols are used to depict Americans’ shared values, principles, and beliefs
     2.Understands the meaning of various American symbols
     3.Understands the symbolism and meaning of the American flag
     4.Understands the symbolism and meaning of the Statue of Liberty
     5.Understands the symbolism and meaning of the Statue of Justice
     6.Understands the symbolism and meaning of Uncle Sam
     7.Understands the symbolism and meaning of the great seal
     8.Understands the symbolism and meaning of the national anthem
     9.Understands the symbolism and meaning of the oaths of office
     10.Understands the symbolism and meaning of mottoes such as "E Pluribus Unum"
   Benchmark 5.Knows how various American holidays reflect the shared values, principles, and beliefs of Americans (e.g., Fourth of July; Labor Day; Memorial Day; Presidents' Day; Columbus Day; Thanksgiving; Veterans Day; Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how the Fourth of July reflects the shared values, principles, and beliefs of Americans
     2.Knows how Labor Day reflects the shared values, principles, and beliefs of Americans
     3.Knows how Memorial Day reflects the shared values, principles, and beliefs of Americans
     4.Knows how Presidents’ Day reflects the shared values, principles, and beliefs of Americans
     5.Knows how Columbus Day reflects the shared values, principles, and beliefs of Americans
     6.Knows how Thanksgiving reflects the shared values, principles, and beliefs of Americans
     7.Knows how Veterans Day reflects the shared values, principles, and beliefs of Americans
     8.Knows how Martin Luther King, Jr. Day reflects the shared values, principles, and beliefs of Americans
 Standard 11.  Understands the role of diversity in American life and the importance of shared values, political beliefs, and civic beliefs in an increasingly diverse American society
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 5.Knows how an American's identity stems from belief in and allegiance to shared political values and principles, and how this identity differs from that of most other nations, which often base their identity on such things as ethnicity, race, religion, class, language, gender, or national origin
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that the American identity stems from belief in and allegiance to shared political values and principles
     2.Knows how the American identity differs from that of most other nations
     3.Knows that in other nations, identity is often based on ethnicity, race, religion, class, language, gender, or national origin
   Benchmark 6.Knows basic values and principles that Americans share (e.g., as set forth in documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Gettysburg Address)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the basic values that Americans share as set forth in historic documents
     2.Knows the basic principles that Americans share as set forth in historic documents
     3.Knows basic values and principles that Americans share as set forth in the Declaration of Independence
     4.Knows basic values and principles that Americans share as set forth in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights
     5.Knows basic values and principles that Americans share as set forth in the Gettysburg Address
   Benchmark 7.Knows why it is important to the individual and society that Americans understand and act on their shared political values and principles
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows why it is important to the individual that Americans understand their shared political values and principles
     2.Knows why it is important to society that Americans understand their shared political values and principles
     3.Knows why it is important to the individual that Americans act on their shared political values and principles
     4.Knows why it is important to society that Americans act on their shared political values and principles
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 6.Knows how shared ideas and values of American political culture are reflected in various sources and documents (e.g., the Bill of Rights, The Federalist and Anti-federalist writings, Woodrow Wilson's "Fourteen Points," Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from the Birmingham Jail," landmark decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how the shared ideas of American political culture are reflected in various sources and documents
     2.Knows how the shared values of American political culture are reflected in various sources and documents
     3.Knows how shared ideas and values of American political culture are reflected in the Bill of Rights
     4.Knows how shared ideas and values of American political culture are reflected in "The Federalist" and Anti federalist writings
     5.Knows how shared ideas and values of American political culture are reflected in Woodrow Wilson’s "Fourteen Points"
     6.Knows how shared ideas and values of American political culture are reflected in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "Letter from the Birmingham Jail"
     7.Knows how shared ideas and values of American political culture are reflected in landmark decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States