|| 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 explain:
- The extent to which Americans have internalized the values and principles
of the Constitution and attempted to make its ideals realities.
- The importance of knowledge to competent and responsible participation
in American democracy.
Students should be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions:
- On issues in which fundamental values and principles may be in conflict.
- About issues concerning the disparities between American ideals and
- On the role and importance of law in the American political system.
- On current issues regarding the judicial production of individual
- On issues regarding personal rights.
- On issues regarding the proper scope and limits of rights.
- On issues regarding the personal responsibilities of citizens in American
- On the importance to American constitutional democracy of dispositions
that foster thoughtful and effective participation in public affairs.
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 study of how people create and change structures of power, authority,
- Ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship in a democratic
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