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Topic: Significant events for American democracy 

Grades K-4 History

 Standard 4.  Understands how democratic values came to be, and how they have been exemplified by people, events, and symbols
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   Benchmark 7.Understands the reasons that Americans celebrate certain national holidays (e.g., Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; the Fourth of July; Memorial Day)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that Americans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to commemorate the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
     2.Knows that Americans celebrate the Fourth of July to commemorate the formation of the United States
     3.Knows that Americans celebrate Memorial Day to commemorate all who have died in wars in which the United States fought
  Level II (Grade 3-4)
   Benchmark 8.Understands the historical events and democratic values commemorated by major national holidays (e.g., Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Presidents’ Day; Memorial Day; the Fourth of July; Labor Day; Veterans’ Day; Thanksgiving)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that Americans celebrate national holidays to commemorate historical events
     2.Knows that Americans celebrate national holidays to commemorate democratic values
     3.Knows that Americans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the civil rights movement
     4.Knows that Americans celebrate Presidents’ Day to commemorate the birthdays of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
     5.Knows that Americans celebrate Memorial Day to commemorate those who died in wars in which the United States fought
     6.Knows that Americans celebrate the Fourth of July to commemorate the formation of the United States
     7.Knows that Americans celebrate Labor Day to commemorate the contributions of all American workers
     8.Knows that Americans celebrate Veterans’ Day to commemorate the service of the men and women who were members of the armed forces
     9.Knows that Americans celebrate Thanksgiving to commemorate the harvest feast held by the Pilgrims
   Benchmark 9.Knows the history of events and the historic figures responsible for such historical documents as the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Emancipation Proclamation
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the history of the events that led to the Mayflower Compact
     2.Knows the historic figures responsible for the Mayflower Compact
     3.Knows the history of the events that led to the Declaration of Independence
     4.Knows the historic figures responsible for the Declaration of Independence
     5.Knows the history of the events that led to the U.S. Constitution
     6.Knows the historic figures responsible for the U.S. Constitution
     7.Knows the history of the events that led to the Bill of Rights
     8.Knows the historic figures responsible for the Bill of Rights
     9.Knows the history of the events that led to the Emancipation Proclamation
     10.Knows the historic figures responsible for the Emancipation Proclamation