your umbrella for protection just as the U.S. Government serves
to protect our democracy. Learn the structure, functions and
puposes of government as well as your role as a U.S. citizen.
Learn the essential ideas of American constitutional government
that are expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the
Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and other writings.
Learn how the legislative, executive, and judicial branches
share power and responsibilities (e.g., each branch has varying
degrees of legislative, executive, and judicial powers and
of the Federal System
Learn the major parts of the federal system including the
national government, state governments, and other governmental
units (e.g., District of Columbia, American tribal governments,
and the Virgin Islands).
and Local Government
Learn the major responsibilities of his or her state and local
governments and understands the organization of his or her
state and local governments.
Rule of Law
Learn the importance of the rule of law in establishing limits
on both those who govern and the governed, protecting individual
rights, and promoting the common good.
Learn the history of the rights, liberties, and obligations
of citizenship in the United States.
Learn that citizenship is legally recognized full membership
in a self-governing community that confers equal rights under
the law; is not dependent on inherited, involuntary groupings;
and confers certain rights and privileges (e.g., the right
to vote, to hold public office, and to serve on juries).
Learn about the argument that all rights have limits and knows
the criteria commonly used in determining when and why limits
should be placed on rights (e.g., whether a clear and present
danger exists and whether national security is at risk).
Political and Economic Rights
Learn what constitutes personal, political, and economic rights
and the major documentary sources of these rights.
Learn how to contact your representatives and why it is important
to do so and know which level of government you should contact
to express your opinions or to get help on a specific problem.
Learn the importance of participation in community service,
civic improvement, and political activities.
Learn about current issues involving rights that affect local,
national, or international political, social, and economic