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Social Studies
 
  Grade Level:   8  
  EALR:   1. CIVICS The student understands and applies knowledge of government, law, politics, and the nation's fundamental documents to make decisions about local, national, and international issues and to demonstrate thoughtful, participatory citizenship.  
  Component:   1.1 Understands key ideals and principles of the United States, including those in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other fundamental documents.  
  Grade Level Expectation:   1.1.1 Understands key ideals and principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the U.S. Constitution, including the rule of law, separation of powers, representative government, and popular sovereignty, and the Bill of Rights, including due process and freedom of expression.  
 
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Examples
-Explains how the Declaration of Independence establishes life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as goals for our nation.
-Explains how the Constitution distinguishes popular sovereignty as a principle of our nation.
Suggested Unit
  • U.S.—Fighting for Independence and Framing the Constitution (1776—1815)