|| Lesson Plan: Lesson-Specific
This lesson addresses the national standards listed below.
From the Center for Civic Education's National Standards
for Civics and Government (1994):
Students should be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions on:
- the contemporary role of organized groups in American social and political
- issues concerning the disparities between American ideals and realities.
- issues regarding the purposes, organization, and functions of the
institutions of the national government.
- issues regarding the major responsibilities of the national government
for domestic and foreign policy.
- issues regarding how government should raise money to pay for its
operations and services.
- the formation and implementation of public policy.
- issues regarding civic responsibilities of citizens in an American
- the importance to American constitutional democracy of dispositions
that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in public affairs.
- the relationship between politics and the attainment of individual
and public goals.
Students should be able to explain the importance of knowledge to competent
and responsible participation in American democracy.
From the National Council for the Social Studies's Expectations
of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (1994):
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the
- how people create and change structures of power, authority, and
- ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship in a democratic