C&I

Curriculum and Instruction

Standard 5, Key Idea 4

Key Idea 4: The study of civics and citizenship requires the ability to probe ideas and assumptions, ask and answer analytical questions, take a skeptical attitude toward questionable arguments, evaluate evidence, formulate rational conclusions, and develop and refine participatory skills.

Performance Indicators--Students will:

Elementary

  • show a willingness to consider other points of view before drawing conclusions or making judgments
  • participate in activities that focus on a classroom, school, or community issue or problem
  • suggest alternative solutions or courses of action to hypothetical or historic problems
  • evaluate the consequences for each alternative solution or course of action
  • prioritize the solutions based on established criteria
  • propose an action plan to address the issue of how to solve the problem

Intermediate

  • respect the rights of others in discussions and classroom debates regardless of whether or not one agrees with their viewpoint
  • explain the role that civility plays in promoting effective citizenship in preserving democracy
  • participate in negotiation and compromise to resolve classroom, school, and community disagreements and problems

Commencement

  • participate as informed citizens in the political justice system and processes of the United States, including voting
  • evaluate, take, and defend positions on what the fundamental values and principles of American political life are and their importance to the maintenance of constitutional democracy (Adapted from The National Standards for Civics and Government, 1994)
  • take, defend, and evaluate positions about attitudes that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in public affairs
  • consider the need to respect the rights of others, to respect others’ points of view (Adapted from The National Standards for Civics and Government, 1996)
  • participate in school/classroom/ community activities that focus on an issue or problem
  • prepare a plan of action that defines an issue or problem, suggests alternative solutions or courses of action, evaluates the consequences for each alternative solution or course of action, prioritizes the solutions based on established criteria, and proposes an action plan to address the issue or to resolve the problem
  • explain how democratic principles have been used in resolving an issue or problem
Last Updated: August 16, 2011