C&I

Curriculum and Instruction

Standard 5, Key Idea 2

Key Idea 2: The state and federal governments established by the Constitutions of the United States and the State of New York embody basic civic values (such as justice, honesty, self-discipline, due process, equality, majority rule with respect for minority rights, and respect for self, others, and property), principles, and practices and establish a system of shared and limited government. (Adapted from The National Standards for Civics and Government, 1994)

Performance Indicators--Students will:

Elementary

  • explain how the Constitutions of New York State and the United States and the Bill of Rights are the basis for democratic values in the United States
  • understand the basic civil values that are the foundation of American constitutional democracy
  • know what the United States Constitution is and why it is important (Adapted from The National Standards for Civics and Government, 1994)
  • understand that the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of New York are written plans for organizing the functions of government
  • understand the structure of New York State and local governments including executive, legislative, and judicial branches
  • identify their legislative and executive representatives at the local, state, and national governments (Adapted from The National Standards for Civics and Government, 1994)

Intermediate

  • explain how the Constitutions of New York State and the United States and the Bill of Rights are the basis for democratic values in the United States
  • understand the basic civil values that are the foundation of American constitutional democracy
  • know what the United States Constitution is and why it is important (Adapted from The National Standards for Civics and Government, 1994)
  • understand that the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of New York are written plans for organizing the functions of government
  • understand the structure of New York State and local governments including executive, legislative, and judicial branches
  • identify their legislative and executive representatives at the local, state, and national governments (Adapted from The National Standards for Civics and Government, 1994)

Commencement

  • trace the evolution of American values, beliefs, and institutions
  • analyze the disparities between civic values expressed in the United States Constitution and the United Nation Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the realities as evidenced in the political, social, and economic life in the United States and throughout the world
  • identify, respect, and model those core civic values inherent in our founding documents that have been forces for unity in American society
  • compare and contrast the Constitutions of the United States and New York State
  • understand the dynamic relationship between federalism and state‚Äôs rights
Last Updated: April 27, 2009