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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:   1.1.2 Evaluates efforts to reduce discrepancies between key ideals and reality in the United States including:
  
  • How amendments to the Constitution have sought to extend rights to new groups.
  • How key ideals and constitutional principles set forth in fundamental documents relate to public issues.
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    Examples
    -Judges how well the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments have expanded freedoms for African Americans and other groups in the past and present.
    -Judges the legacy of the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions in Seneca Falls in promoting women's right to own property.
    -Judges the legacy of the Indian Reorganization Act in promoting the rights of tribal governments.
    Suggested Unit
  • U.S.—Looking Forward