Citizenship & Government Benchmark-Aligned Concepts by Grade
KCivic skills and values; National symbols, songs, traditions; Rules in school and community.
1Community participation, good citizens, civic life; Pledge of Allegiance, flag etiquette; Who president is and how elected.
2Voting skills, voting process, why voting is important; Constitutions; Characteristics of effective rules.
3How to make a difference in civic life (as individuals or groups), to address problems and needs; Civic discourse (speaking, listening, voting, respecting different points of view); Majority rule, minority rights; Government-provided services.
4How people take action to influence a decision on an issue; How local, state, national or tribal governments have addressed that issue.
5Identify public problem, analyze from many points of view, create an action plan; How leaders of the Executive Branch are chosen.
6Evaluate arguments about issues from diverse points of view; Define U.S. citizenship, become a citizen by birth or naturalization.
7Responsible citizenship - informed voting, defending point of view, monitor and influence public decision making.
8Participate in civic discussion, respect for other points of view, reach consensus.
9-12Demonstrate skills that enable people to monitor and influence state, local and national affairs; Demonstrate skills necessary to participate in the election process, including registering to vote, identifying and evaluating candidates and issues, and casting a ballot; Evaluate sources of information and various forms of political persuasion for validity, accuracy, ideology, emotional appeals, bias and prejudice; Examine a public policy issue by defining the problem, developing alternative courses of action, evaluating the consequences of each alternative, selecting a course of action, and designing an action plan to resolve the problem.