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Topic: Structure of constitutional government 

Civics

 Standard 4.  Understands the concept of a constitution, the various purposes that constitutions serve, and the conditions that contribute to the establishment and maintenance of constitutional government
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 7.Knows the type of citizenry needed to establish and maintain constitutional government (e.g., citizens should be educated and enjoy a reasonable standard of living, understand and support the constitution and its values and principles, willingly assume the responsibilities of citizenship, insist that government officials respect limitations the constitution places on their authority)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the type of citizenry needed to establish a constitutional government
     2.Knows the type of citizenry needed to maintain a constitutional government
     3.Knows that to establish and maintain a constitutional government, citizens should be educated and enjoy a reasonable standard of living
     4.Knows that to establish and maintain a constitutional government, citizens should understand and support the constitution
     5.Knows that to establish and maintain a constitutional government, citizens should willingly assume the responsibilities of citizenship
     6.Knows that to establish and maintain a constitutional government, citizens should insist that government officials respect limitations the constitution places on their authority
   Benchmark 8.Knows the type of public servants needed to help establish and maintain constitutional government (e.g., persons serving in government should understand and support the constitution and its values and principles, respect limitations the constitution places on their authority)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the type of public servants needed to help establish a constitutional government
     2.Knows the type of public servants needed to help maintain a constitutional government
     3.Knows that to establish and maintain a constitutional government, persons serving in government must understand and support the constitution
     4.Knows that to establish and maintain a constitutional government, persons serving in government must respect limitations the constitution places on their authority
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 7.Knows the social, economic, and political conditions that foster constitutional government
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the social conditions that foster constitutional government
     2.Knows the economic conditions that foster constitutional government
     3.Knows the political conditions that foster constitutional government
   Benchmark 8.Understands reasons why some nations have been successful in establishing constitutional government (e.g., post-World War II Germany, Japan) whereas others have not (e.g., Nigeria, Kenya, Argentina under Peron)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands why some nations have been successful in establishing constitutional governments
     2.Understands why some nations have not been successful in establishing constitutional governments
     3.Understands why post-World War II Germany was successful in establishing constitutional government
     4.Understands why Japan was successful in establishing constitutional government
     5.Understands why Nigeria was not successful in establishing constitutional government
     6.Understands why Kenya was not successful in establishing constitutional government
     7.Understands why Argentina, under Peron, was not successful in establishing constitutional government
   Benchmark 9.Knows responsibilities individual citizens and people serving in government should assume to insure the preservation and improvement of constitutional government
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows responsibilities individual citizens should assume to insure the preservation of constitutional government
     2.Knows responsibilities individual citizens should assume to insure the improvement of constitutional government
     3.Knows responsibilities public servants should assume to insure the preservation of constitutional government
     4.Knows responsibilities public servants should assume to insure the improvement of constitutional 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 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