Governance establishes structures of power and authority in order to provide order and stability. Civic efficacy requires understanding rights and responsibilities, ethical behavior, and the role of citizens within their community, nation, and world.

Kindergarten

I

Recognize that a person is a citizen of the country in which he/she is born.

I

Understand that rules are created to protect an environment.

I/D

Know that family structures can change.

I

Identify authority figures in the home, school, and community.

I

Explain how authority figures make and enforce rules.

I

Explain the use of voting as a method for group decision-making.

I/D

Recognize the need for rules for daily living and fair treatment of others.

I/D

Identify purposes for having rules.

I/D

Be aware that laws and rules are followed and created by the people, school, community, and country.

I/D

Know rules of safety including signs and signals.

I/D

 Define cooperation.

I

Identify the flags of the United States and Tennessee.

I

Recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

I

Explain the reasons for national patriotic holidays such as President’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Independence Day.

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First Grade

I

Recognize the United States Constitution as the basis for the laws in our country.

D

Categorize rules and laws we follow as members of a family, school, and community.

I

Explain the purpose of government and give examples of laws that establish order, provide security, and control conflict.

D

Understand that community governments employ various service workers.

I

Identify leaders in the community, state, and nation.

I

Describe the relationship between local, state, and national government.

I

Define citizenship and responsibility.

D

Examine the rights and responsibilities of the individual in relation to his or her social group, such as family, peer group, and school class.

D

Categorize responsibilities that citizens have to their community, state, and country.

M

Design a set of rules or laws for a home, classroom, or community.

M

Recognize family and school rules as compared with those from another culture.

D

Recite and explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance.

I

Understand that voting is a way of making choices and decisions.

D

Explain how selected customs, symbols, and celebrations reflect an American love of individualism and inventiveness.

I

Explain selected national and state patriotic symbols such as the United States and Tennessee flags.

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Second Grade

I

Recognize how groups and organizations encourage unity and work with diversity to maintain order and security.
Kids Next Door

I

Identify functions of governments.

U.S. Government for Kids

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government

M

Be aware that every community has some form of governance.
Community pride

I

Describe how governments establish order, provide security, and manage conflict.
The Democracy Project

I

Know that communities have different laws depending on the needs and problems of their community.

D

Recognize people who make laws and people who enforce them in Tennessee.

I

Identify ways that public officials are selected, including election and appointment.

I

Distinguish among local, state, and national government and identify representative leaders at these levels such as mayor, governor, and president.
 

D

Identify characteristics of good citizenship such as establishing beliefs in justice, truth, equality, and responsibility for the common good.
Kids Next Door

D

 Identify qualities of good citizenship.
Kids Next Door
Responsibilities of citizens

D

Identify ordinary people who exemplify good citizenship.
 

D

Identify some governmental services in the community such as the libraries, schools, and parks, and explain their value to the community.
Field Trip

The Democracy Project

I

Explain how citizens fund various community services.

M

Explain the meaning of selected patriotic symbols and landmarks of Tennessee.
Explore Tennessee

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Third Grade

I

Describe the basic structures of government in the state.
Congress for Kids  
How our government works

U.S. Government

A

Select from a set of visual representations a service provided by the government (i.e., parks, schools, and libraries). 
PBS Kids  
PBS Kids Budgets  

Kids Next Door
Your Neighborhood and Beyond

D

Recognize who makes laws in the state.
Ben's Guide     
How Laws Are Made2     
US Government for Kids  
U.S. Government

I

Know that governmental agencies exist to protect the environment at local, state, and national levels.
FDA Kids’ Page

I

Describe varied basic structures of governments in the state, nation, and world.
U.S. Government

D

Examine how regions choose to govern in different ways.

A

Determine the representative acts of a good citizen (i.e., obeying speed limit, not littering, and walking within the crosswalk).
Responsibilities of a good CITIZEN
Kids Next Door

D

Identify services commonly provided by the state government and contrast with other regions.
How Does Government Affect Me

I

Compare the Tennessee and the United State Constitutions with other governing procedures around the world.
United States Government for Kids

D

Identify government officials and explain how they are chosen.
United States Government for Kids

I

Explain the concept of the consent of the governed and its importance to the functions of government.

A

Distinguish between conflict and cooperation within group interactions as represented by pictures.
Out on a Limb:  A Guide to Getting Along
Power Point

D

Identify examples of rights and responsibilities of citizens.
Rights of a Citizen
Responsibilities of  Citizens
Ben’s Guide to Citizenship

I

Describe how public policies are used to address issues of public concern.

D

Identify and explain the importance of acts of civic responsibility, including obeying laws and voting.

The Difference of One Vote

Inside the Voting Booth

D

Identify diverse historic figures that exemplified good citizenship.
Benjamin Franklin

D

Identify ordinary people who exemplify good citizenship.

D

List the differences between community, city, county, state, and country events which occur.

I

Recognize the relationship of local governments to the state, the nation, and the world.

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Fourth Grade

D

Explain how Native Americans governed their communities.

I

Give examples of how government did or did not provide for needs and wants of people, establish order and security, and manage conflict.

A

Recognize how groups work cooperatively to accomplish goals and encourage change (i.e., American Revolution, founding of Tennessee, the failure of the Articles of Confederation, and colonies).

13 Colonies:  Beliefs and Revolution

A

Examine how the Mayflower Compact is a symbol of the first United States government.

Copy of the Compact and updated version

Background on the Compact

I

Compare the systems of government of early European colonists.

A

Examine the events that contributed to the outbreak of the American Revolution (i.e., taxation, judicial process, lack of representations, and quartering of troops).

Causes of the War

Mrs. Thonus’ American Revolution Site
Events Leading to the Revolutionary War: Power Point

I

Identify examples of representative government in the American colonies, including the Mayflower Compact, Iroquois League, and the Virginia House of Burgesses.

I

Identify the purposes and explain the importance of the creation of Tennessee’s colonial government, and the Tennessee Constitution.

I

Explain the purposes of the United States Constitution as identified in the Preamble to the Constitution.

How Do You Make a More Perfect Union?

A

Using a chart showing checks and balances, explain how one branch of government can limit the power of others.

Chart

Interactive Teaching Unit
Ben’s Guide to US Government: Branches of Government
The Balance of Government

I

Explain the system of checks and balances.

PowerPoint: Government
Balancing Three Branches at Once

I

Identify and explain the basic functions of the three branches of state government.

Ben’s Guide: Branches of Government
PowerPoint: Government

A

Identify the 3 branches of federal and state governments.
Interactive Teaching Unit
Ben’s Guide to US Government: Branches of Government
PowerPoint:  Government

Congress for Kids

A

Identify the rights outlined by the Bill of Rights (i.e., Amendments 1, 5, 6, and 8).

PowerPoint:  Government

I

Identify the purposes and explain the importance of the Declaration of Independence.

Declaring Independence

I

Identify examples of rights and responsibilities of citizens.

I

Explain action citizens take to influence public policy decisions.

A

Determine how various groups resolve conflict (i.e., school, tribal councils, and courts).
Good Character:  Resolving Confl
icts

I

Identify and practice selected forms of civic discussion and participation consistent with the ideals of citizens in a democratic republic.

I

Explain the role of the individual in state and local elections.

M

Sing or recite “The Star Spangled Banner” and explain its history.

Ben’s Guide

PowerPoint: Star Spangled Banner

What the Star Spangled Banner Means

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Fifth Grade

D

Describe important individual rights including freedom of religion, speech, and press and the rights to assemble and to petition the government.

D

Describe important due process rights including trial by jury and the right to an attorney.

D

Identify and compare leadership qualities of national leaders, past and present.

I

Recognize that a variety of formal and informal actors influence and shape public policy.

D

Explain the purposes of the United States Constitution as identified in the Preamble to the Constitution.

D

Identify the reasons for and describe the systems of checks and balances outlined in the United States Constitution.

D

Summarize the reasons for the creation of the Bill of Rights.

A

Differentiate among the purposes stated in the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Movie of Purpose of Declaration of Independence

The National Archives Experience

Declaration of Independence

United States Constitution

Bill of Rights
Guide to Reading Independent Documents
Bill of Rights
Constitution of the US
Declaration of Independence

D

Summarize selected amendments to the Constitution such as those extending voting rights of United States citizens.

A

Select examples using illustrations of First Amendment freedoms (i.e., speech, assembly, and religion).

Lesson Plans for Teaching the 1st Amendment

1st

First Amendment Topics

First Amendment Schools

A

Recognize the rights established by the 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th amendments.

Know Your Rights

Congress For Kids
Suffragists Arrested

13th

19th

I

Analyze the post-Civil War amendments to the United States Constitution.

D

Identify examples of rights and responsibilities of citizens.

I

Examine the influence of public opinion on personal decision-making and government policy on public issues.

I

Explain how public policies and citizen behaviors may or may not reflect the stated ideals of a democratic republican form of government.

D

Explain how to contact elected and appointed leaders in state and local governments.

D

Identify key ideals of the United States’ democratic republican form of government such as individual human dignity, liberty, justice, equality, and the rule of law, and discuss their application in specific situations.

D

Recognize and interpret how the "common good" can be strengthened through various forms of citizen action.

D

Use knowledge of facts and concepts drawn from history along with elements of historical inquiry to inform decision making and action taking on public issues.

D

Explain selected patriotic symbols and landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the White House, and political symbols such as the donkey and the elephant.

A

Recognize personal, religious, and national celebrations of various American cultures (i.e., Independence Day, Columbus Day, Native American or American Indian Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, or Thanksgiving).

Earth Calendar

I

Describe how public policies are used to address issues of public concern.

A

Recognize situations requiring conflict resolution.

Working Out Conflicts

Conflict resolution  

Geography standards

I

Distinguish between national and state governments and compare their responsibilities in the United States federal system.

Branches of Government
Congress for Kids

A

Recognize the differences between the Tennessee State Constitution and the United States Constitution.

U.S. Constitution

TN state constitution

A

Distinguish between the local, state, and federal levels of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the American government.

U S government

Constitution and government

I

Explain how individuals can participate in civic affairs and political parties at the national level.

I

Identify leaders in the national governments, including the president and selected members of Congress, and their political parties and describe how they are elected.

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Sixth Grade

D

Identify informal and formal forms of governance.

A

Recognize types of government (i.e., formal/informal, monarchy, direct/indirect democracy, republics, and theocracy).

D

Describe the purpose of governance and how its powers are acquired, used, and justified.

D

Analyze the necessity of establishing and enforcing the rule of law.

D

Originate models of lower to higher forms of social and political orders.

A

Recognize the steps that give rise to complex governmental organizations (i.e., nomadic, farming, village, city, city-states, and states).

M

Identify written laws handed down from ancient civilizations.

A

Identify the development of written laws (i.e., Hammurabi’s Code, Justinian Code, and Magna Carta).

D

Explore the development of citizenship and government in ancient civilizations.

D

Explain and apply concepts such as power, role, status, justice and influence to the examination of persistent issues and social problems.

A

Recognize the roles assigned to individuals in various societies (i.e., caste systems, feudal systems, city-state systems, and class systems).

D

Recognize the relationship between a places’s physical, political, and cultural characteristics and the type of government that emerges in that place.

D

Identify natural resources that are necessary to the survival of a civilization.

D

Differentiate between rights and privileges of the individual.

A

Compare and contrast the lives of individual citizens in various governmental organizations (i.e., monarchial systems, feudal systems, caste systems, and democratic systems-Greek).

D

Consider how cooperation and conflict affects the dissemination of resources, rights, and privileges.

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Seventh Grade

M

Recognize world political regions locally, regionally, and globally.

A

Using a map key, locate various governance systems.

A

Identify political leaders from selected contemporary settings (i.e., United States, India, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Russia, and China).

M

Explain the purposes and structure of various systems of governance.

A

Define the different types of governments (i.e., democracy, autocracy, oligarchy, monarchy, and dictatorship).

M

Compare different political systems with that of the United States and identify political leaders from selected contemporary settings.

A

 Recognize how the boundaries of congressional districts change in the state of Tennessee (i.e., statutory requirements, population shifts, and political power shifts).

A

Differentiate between the rights, roles, and state of the individual in relation to the general welfare in various regions of the world.

M

Explain the relationship between a place’s physical, political, and cultural characteristics and the type of government that arises in that place.

D

Identify international and multinational organizations of cooperation.

D

Describe the current struggles over energy resources and how different governments resolve these problems.

D

Describe conditions and motivations that contribute to conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among groups, societies, and nations.

A

Recognize the causes, consequences, and possible solutions applied by governing bodies to persistent global issue using a narrative (i.e., health, security, resource allocation, economic development, and environmental quality).

D

Explore governmental responses to environmental issues such as air pollution, watershed management, water pollution and solid waste, including hazardous and toxic waste.

D

Describe ideas and mechanisms governments develop to meet needs and wants of citizens, regulate territory, manage conflict, and establish order and security.

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Eighth Grade

D

Analyze the necessity of establishing and enforcing the rule of law.

D

Analyze and explain ideas and governmental mechanisms to meet needs and wants of citizens, regulate territory, manage conflict, and establish order and security.

D

Explain and apply concepts such as power, role, status, justice, and influence to the examination of persistent issues and social problems.

D

Describe the purpose of government and how its powers are acquired, used, and justified.

D

Distinguish basic differences between democracy and other forms of government in other regions of the world.

D

Identify and explain the roles of formal and informal political actors in influencing and shaping public policy and decision-making.

D

Analyze the influence of diverse forms of public opinion on the development of public policy and decision-making.

D

Relate a people’s location, population, production and consumption to the function of their government.

D

Identify models of lower to higher forms of political order.

D

Describe the ways nations and organizations respond to forces of unity and diversity affecting order and security.

D

Differentiate between rights and privileges of the individual.

D

Consider how cooperation and conflict affect the dissemination of resources, rights, and privileges.

D

Explain conditions, actions, and motivations that contribute to conflict and cooperation within and among states, regions, and nations.

D

Describe and analyze the role advancements in technology have played in conflict resolution.

D

Define the differences between the individual and the state.

D

Identify and interpret sources and examples of the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

D

Describe the importance of individual rights, such as free speech and press, in a democratic society.

A

Recognize the rights and responsibilities of individuals throughout the development of the United States.

D

Evaluate the role of government in balancing the rights of individuals versus the common good.

A

Identify the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of a member of the United States of America (i.e., Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Constitution, and Bill of Rights).

A

Identify the purposes and structures of various systems of governance (i.e., Federalism, Confederation, Republic, Democracy, Executive, Legislative, and Judicial).

A

Recognize the purpose of government and how its powers are acquired, used, and justified.

D

Identify and describe the basic features of the political system in the early United States, and identify representative leaders from various levels and branches of government.

A

Identify how conditions, actions, and motivations contributed to conflict and cooperation between states, regions, and nations.

D

Analyze the effectiveness of selected public policies and citizen behaviors in realizing the stated ideals of a democratic republican form of government.

D

Explain how the Constitution is applied in every day life.

A

Recognize the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

D

Apply the Constitution to individual court cases.

A

Recognize the impact of major court decisions have had on American life, (i.e., Marbury vs. Madison, McCulloch vs. Maryland, and Dred Scott vs. Sandford).

D

Analyze the United States Constitution in principle and practice.

D

Compare and contrast the ways the Constitution balances the "individual" versus the "state."

D

Identify how the Tennessee Constitution reflects the principles represented in the Constitution.

D

Identify the influences of ideas from the United States Constitution on the Tennessee Constitution.

D

Identify civic responsibilities of Tennessee and United States citizens.

D

Describe the structure and functions of government at municipal, county, and state levels.

D

Identify how the different points of view of political parties and interest groups have affected important Tennessee and national issues.

D

Analyze the contributions of Tennessee political leaders within the national scene.

A

Identify the role of institutions in furthering both continuity and change (i.e., governments, churches, families, schools, and communities).

A

Recognize how groups and institutions work together to meet common needs.

A

Recognize how a right must be interpreted to balance individual rights with the need for order (i.e., freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and trial by jury).

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The Election Process

Lesson Plans

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Topics

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Worksheets

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Interactive Activities

PowerPoint Presentations

Grades 3-5 Writing Across Curriculum Branches of Government
Grades 3-5 U.S. Government Writing Across Curriculum View the Presentation Download the Presentation
Grades 3-5 Vote View the Presentation Download the Presentation
Govt Jeopardy (Nebo School District Presentation)
Government Baseball (Wild Team Presentation)

Government of the United States

Mock Elections (Nebo School District Presentation)
Writing Across Curriculum Constitutional Amendments
Writing Across Curriculum How a Bill Becomes a Law

Grade 4-5 Branches of Government, courtesy Mr. Hostetter's, Mountain View Elementary School

Grade 8 Constitution Jeopardy Game
Grades 10-12 Government Baseball, Created by Jim Norton, The University of Georgia,  a WWild Team Member.
Grades 10-12 Road to the White House, Created by Robert DeRosa, The University of Georgia,  a WWild Team Member.
Grades 5-6 Democracy Jeopardy
Grade 8 Constitution (Hardin County Schools, KY)
Road to the White House (Wild Team Presentation)

Mr. Neal's Powers of the President

Mr. Neal's Separation of Powers
Principles of the Constitution (Nebo School District Presentation)

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Connie Campbell               Jefferson County Schools