Grades 5-8 Content Standards
National Standards for Civics and Government
5-8 Content Standards
- What are Civic Life, Politics, and Government?
- What is civic life? What is politics? What is government? Why are government and politics necessary? What purposes should government serve?
- What are the essential characteristics of limited and unlimited government?
- What are the nature and purposes of constitutions?
- What are alternative ways of organizing constitutional governments?
- What are the Foundations of the American Political System?
- What is the American idea of constitutional government?
- What are the distinctive characteristics of American society?
- What is American political culture?
- What values and principles are basic to American constitutional democracy?
- How Does the Government Established by the Constitution Embody the Purposes, Values, and Principles of American Democracy?
- How are power and responsibility distributed, shared, and limited in the government established by the United States Constitution?
- What does the national government do?
- How are state and local governments organized and what do they do?
- Who represents you in local, state, and national governments?
- What is the place of law in the American constitutional system?
- How does the American political system provide for choice and opportunities for participation?
- What is the Relationship of the United States to Other Nations and to World Affairs?
- How is the world organized politically?
- How has the United States influenced other nations and how have other nations influenced American politics and society?
- What are the Roles of the Citizen in American Democracy?
- What is citizenship?
- What are the rights of citizens?
- What are the responsibilities of citizens?
- What dispositions or traits of character are important to the preservation and improvement of American constitutional democracy?
- How can citizens take part in civic life?
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