MS Grade Standards


Civics

SST-MS.C

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 6-8 Social Studies

 Civics Domain

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Standards

  • SST-MS.C.01 Explain the historical and philosophical foundations of government.
  • SST-MS.C.02 Analyze the structures and functions of governments.
  • SST-MS.C.03 Describe the rights and liberties of individuals.
  • SST-MS.C.04 Investigate the role and responsibilities of citizenship in society.

Description

These standards band grades 6-12 in civics & government. It should be noted that some topics will overlap while others will exclusively appear in either middle or high school. Throughout the grade band, a basic knowledge of the foundation, role, and impact of government is emphasized. Students will begin examining the changes in government over time and the continual balance between individual rights and the common good. The goal is that students will learn the skills necessary to understand the role of government in their daily lives and be able to engage in government at all levels. These standards help students become thoughtful citizens who are informed, engaged, and committed to the ideas and values of a democratic republic. The knowledge of names and definitions is essential in/for acquiring knowledge; however, high-quality teaching and learning demands more than merely mastering facts and terms. Therefore, in teaching these standards, an inquiry approach is encouraged. Activities and assessments that require students to think, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, compare, contrast, and argue using a civic engagement lens should be emphasized.

Calculation Method for Domains

Domains are larger groups of related Standards with benchmarks. So the Domain is a calculation of all the related standards that calculate to the benchmarks. So click on the benchmark identifier below each Standards to access the learning targets and proficiency scales for each standard.


SST-MS.C.01

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Middle School (SST) Social Studies
Civics Standard

SST-MS.C.01 Explain the historical and philosophical foundations of government.


Benchmarks

  • SST-MS.C.01.1 Evaluate the thoughts of major political philosophers.
  • SST-MS.C.01.2 Explain the influence of British and colonial history on early America.
  • SST-MS.C.01.3 Evaluate the creation and impact of primary sources on political thought in the United States.

Guiding Practice

The guiding topics for each benchmark includes various subject matter that can be used to help students reach the standard.

Calculation Method for Standards

Standards are larger groups of related benchmarks. So the Standard is a calculation of all the related benchmarks. So click on the benchmark identifier below each Standards to access the learning targets and proficiency scales for each standard.


SST-MS.C.02

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Middle School (SST) Social Studies
Civics Standard

SST-MS.C.02 Analyze the structures and functions of governments.


Benchmarks

  • SST-MS.C.02.1 Analyze the structures and functions of governments.
  • SST-MS.C.02.2 Examine the role and purposes of government.
  • SST-MS.C.02.3 Analyze the structure, principles, and interpretation of the Constitution of the United States.
  • SST-MS.C.02.4 Explain the relationship among federal, state, tribal, and local governmental powers.
  • SST-MS.C.02.5 Explain the purposes, organization, powers, and processes of tribal and local governments.

Guiding Practice

The guiding topics for each benchmark includes various subject matter that can be used to help students reach the standard.

Calculation Method for Standards

Standards are larger groups of related benchmarks. So the Standard is a calculation of all the related benchmarks. So click on the benchmark identifier below each Standards to access the learning targets and proficiency scales for each standard.


SST-MS.C.03

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Middle School (SST) Social Studies
Civics Standard

SST-MS.C.03 Describe the rights and liberties of individuals.


Benchmarks

  • SST-MS.C.03.1 Describe and examine the amendments to the US Constitution and their application in the United States.
  • SST-MS.C.03.2 Describe the impact of court cases on rights and liberties of individuals.

Guiding Practice

The guiding topics for each benchmark includes various subject matter that can be used to help students reach the standard.

Calculation Method for Standards

Standards are larger groups of related benchmarks. So the Standard is a calculation of all the related benchmarks. So click on the benchmark identifier below each Standards to access the learning targets and proficiency scales for each standard.


SST-MS.C.04

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Middle School (SST) Social Studies
Civics Standard

SST-MS.C.04 Investigate the role and responsibilities of citizenship in society.


Benchmarks

  • SST-MS.C.04.1 Explain how citizens can influence government.
  • SST-MS.C.04.2 Describe and evaluate the criteria and process for naturalization in the United States.
  • SST-MS.C.04.3 Explain how citizens’ personal and civic responsibilities are important to the preservation and improvement of United States constitutional republic.
  • SST-MS.C.04.4 Identify bias and evaluate its role in media sources.
  • SST-MS.C.04.5 Demonstrate active participation in civic life.

Guiding Practice

The guiding topics for each benchmark includes various subject matter that can be used to help students reach the standard.

Calculation Method for Standards

Standards are larger groups of related benchmarks. So the Standard is a calculation of all the related benchmarks. So click on the benchmark identifier below each Standards to access the learning targets and proficiency scales for each standard.