SST-08.4.04

8th Grade SST Targeted Benchmarks
Standard 4: Political Systems

SST-08.4.04 Explain the political party process at the local, state, and national level (e.g., the structure and functions of political parties, electoral college, how campaigns are run and who participates in them, the role of the media in the election process, various kinds of elections).

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can recognize or recall specific terminology, such as:I can explain how the electoral college works.
    • Election, Electoral Process, Primaries, Caucus, Incumbent, Term, Lobby
  • I can explain the purpose of the national conventions.
  • I can identify national political leaders in present or upcoming general elections.

Reasoning Targets

  • I can demonstrate extended knowledge and understanding by independently and consistently connecting this standard to real world situations.
  • I can compare and contrast the current major political parties and their platforms (Republican, Democrat, Third Parties).

Proficiency Scale

Score   Description Sample Activity
4.0

In addition to Score 3.0, in-depth inferences and applications that go beyond what was taught.

The student:

demonstrates extended knowledge and understanding independently and consistently by connecting to historical and/or current world situations.
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  3.5 In addition to Score 3.0 performance, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications regarding the more complex content with partial success.
3.0

The student can:

  • explain how the electoral college works.
  • compare and contrast the current major political parties and their platforms (Republican, Democrat, Third Parties).
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  2.5 The student demonstrates no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) and partial knowledge of the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
2.0

There are no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes as the student:

  • recognizes or recalls specific terminology, such as:
    • Election, Electoral Process, Primaries, Caucus, Incumbent, Term, Lobby
  • explains the purpose of the national conventions.
  • identifies national political leaders in present or upcoming general elections.

However, the student exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and processes.

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  1.5 The student demonstrates partial knowledge of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) but exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and procedures (Score 3.0 content).
1.0 With help, the student demonstrates a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) and some of the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content). -
  0.5 With help, the student demonstrates a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) but not the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
0.0 Even with help, the student demonstrates no understanding or skill. -

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