New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards
May 1996

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Social Studies Standards And Progress Indicators
Standard 6.1:
All Students Will Learn Democratic Citizenship And How To Participate In The Constitutional System Of Government Of The United States

Descriptive Statement: Social studies must promote civic and democratic principles so that students become informed and active citizens. Before students can make informed decisions, they must have a knowledge of the United States Constitution and the constitutional system of the United States Government. Students should participate actively in constructive public action, including registering to vote, and should seek ways to contribute based on the rights and privileges afforded all citizens.

Cumulative Progress Indicators

By the end of Grade 4, students:

1.

Identify key principles embodied in the United States Constitution, and discuss their application in specific situations.

2.

Identify examples of the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

3.

Assess information about a public issue.

4.

Give examples of the impact of government policy on their lives.

5.

Identify key documents which represent democratic principles and beliefs, such as the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the New Jersey Constitution, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

6.

Identify symbols of American principles and beliefs, such as the flag and the blindfolded Statue of Justice.

Building upon knowledge and skills gained in the preceding grades, by the end of Grade 8, students:

7.

Examine the origins and continuing application of key principles embodied in the United States Constitution.

8.

Identify and interpret the balance between the rights and the responsibilities of citizens.

9.

Locate, access, analyze, organize, and apply information about public issues, recognizing and explaining multiple points of view.

10.

Analyze the functions of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government.

11.

Apply knowledge of governmental structure and process to school, town, and community life.

Building upon knowledge and skills gained in the preceding grades, by the end of Grade 12, students:

12.

Explain the origins and interpret the continuing influence of key principles embodied in the United States Constitution.

13.

Analyze the balance between the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and apply the analysis to understanding issues facing society in New Jersey and the United States.

14.

Locate, access, analyze, organize, and apply information about public issues in order to evaluate the validity of different points of view.

15.

Analyze the roles of the individual and the government in promoting the general welfare of the community under our Constitution.

16.

Analyze the functioning of government processes, such as elections, in school, town, or community projects.

 

 

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