Welcome to 7th grade Civics!
Welcome to 7th grade Civics!
This is an exciting year to be learning about our government. A great way to become involved in learning is to discuss topics related to Civics at home when you see or hear about them in the news.
Students should be studying what they have learned for at least 15 minutes every night. Some good websites for practice are: http://icivics.org, http://www.floridastudents.org/, and Escambia Civics. Escambia provides practice questions that are very helpful for our quarter progress monitoring tests.
Below is a list of what we will be learning by quarter:
SS.7.C.2.1- Define the term "citizen," and identify legal means of becoming a United States citizen.
SS.7.C.2.2- Evaluate the obligations citizens have to obey laws, pay taxes, defend the nation, and serve of juries.
SS.7.C.1.9- Define the rule of law and recognize its influence on the development of the American legal, political, and governmental systems.
SS.7.C.2.10- Examine the impact of media, individuals, and interest groups on monitoring and influencing government.
SS.7.C.2.11- Analyze media and political communications (bias, symbolism, propaganda)
SS.7.C.2.13- Examine multiple perspectives on public and current issues.
SS.7.C.2.8- Identify America's current political parties, and illustrate their ideas about government.
SS.7.C.2.9- Evaluate candidates for political office by analyzing their qualifications, experience, issue-based platforms, debates, and political ads.
SS.7.C.1.6- Interpret the intentions of the Preamble of the Constitution.
SS.7.C.1.7- Describe how the Constitution limits the powers of government through separation of powers and checks and balances.
SS.7.C.3.3- Illustrate the structure and function (three branches of government established in Articles I, II, and III with corresponding powers) of government in the United States as established in the Constitution.
S.S.7.C.3.8- Analyze the structure, function, and processes of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
SS.7.C.3.4- Identify the relationship and division of powers between the federal government and state governments.
SS.7.C.3.9- Illustrate the law making process at the local, state, and federal levels.
SS.7.C.3.14- Differentiate between local, state, and federal governments' obligations and services.
SS.7.C.1.1- Recognize how Enlightenment ideas including Montesquieu's view of separation of power and John Locke's theories related to natural law and how Locke's social contract influenced the Founding Fathers.
SS.7.C.1.2- Trace the impact that the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, Mayflower Compact, and Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" had on colonies' views of government.
SS.7.C.1.3- Describe how English policies and responses to colonial concerns led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
SS.7.C.1.4- Analyze the ideas (natural rights, role of government) and complaints set forth in the Declaration of Independence.
SS.7.C.1.5- Identify how the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation led to the writing of the Constitution.
SS.7.C.1.8- Explain the viewpoints of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists regarding the ratification of the Constitution and inclusion of a bill of rights.
SS.7.C.3.5- Explain the Constitutional amendment process.
SS.7.C.3.13- Compare the constitutions of the United States and Florida.
SS.7.C.2.4- Evaluate rights contained in the Bill of RIghts and other amendments to the Constitution.
SS.7.C.3.6- Evaluate Constitutional rights and their impact on individuals and society.
SS.7.C.3.7- Analyze the impact of the 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th amendments on participation of minority groups in the American political process.
SS.7.C.3.10- Identify sources and types of law.
SS.7.C.3.11- Diagram the levels, functions, and powers of courts at the state and federal levels.
SS.7.C.2.6- Simulate the trial process and the role of juries in the administration of justice.
SS.7.C.2.5- Distinguish how the Constitution safeguards and limits individual rights.
SS.7.C.3.12- Analyze the significance and outcomes of landmark Supreme Court cases including, but not limited to, Marbury v. Madison, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Gideon v. Wainwright, Miranda v. Arizona, in re Gault, Tinker v. Des Moines, Hazelwood v. Kuhleier, United States v. Nixon, and Bush v. Gore.
SS.7.C.3.1- Compare different forms of government.
SS.7.C.3.2- Compare parliamentary, federal, confederal, and unitary systems of government.
SS.7.C.4.1- Differentiate concepts related to United States domestic and foreign policy.
SS.7.C.4.2- Recognize government and citizen particiaption in international organizations.
SS.7.C.4.3- Describe examples of how the United States has dealt with international conflicts.
SS.7.C.2.3- Experience the responsibilites of citizens at the local, state, or federal levels.
SS.7.C.2.12- Develop a plan to resolve a state or local problem by researching public policy alternatives, identifying appropriate government agencies to address the issue, and determing a course of action.
SS.7.C.2.14- Conduct a service project to further the public good.
We will also be covering Economics and Geography standards at the end of the year.