Nevada Social Studies Standards

Nevada Social Studies Standards

Lesson 1: A Different Kind of Government Course introduces students to the Civic Action Project (CAP) as a practicum for their government course. To help students understand CAP’s rationale, they first discuss why government is a required course and then brainstorm knowledge, skills, attitudes, and actions of effective, productive citizens.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8 Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.


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Lesson 2: Introduction to Public Policy
introducesLesson 2: The Connection of Policy and ProblemsOverview the link between policy and problems. First, students read and discuss a short article defining policy. Then they discuss policy and its connection to problems. Next, in small groups, they do a newspaper search to find examples of public policy.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 2 Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

C13. [9-12]. 7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8 Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.

Content Standard C15. 0 The Political Process Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

C15. [9-12]. 3 Evaluate the significance of interest groups and public opinion in the political process of a democratic society.

C15. [9-12]. 6 Describe the process by which public policy is formulated and implemented.


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Lesson 3: Problems, Policy, and Civic Actions
gives students further background in problems, policy, and civic action to prepare them for CAP. First, students analyze problems in terms of causes and effects. Next, they explore how policy can be linked to problems. Finally, they list possible civic actions that can be taken to when working on a problem.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 2 Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

C13. [9-12]. 7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8 Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.

Content Standard C15. 0 The Political Process Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

C15. [9-12]. 3 Evaluate the significance of interest groups and public opinion in the political process of a democratic society.

C15. [9-12]. 6 Describe the process by which public policy is formulated and implemented.


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Lesson 4: Introducing Policy Analysis
helps students develop a deeper understanding of public policy and the interaction between government and citizens in making policy. They look at case studies and are introduced to policy analysis.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 2 Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

C13. [9-12]. 7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8 Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.

Content Standard C15. 0 The Political Process Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

C15. [9-12]. 3 Evaluate the significance of interest groups and public opinion in the political process of a democratic society.

C15. [9-12]. 6 Describe the process by which public policy is formulated and implemented.


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Lesson 5: Policymaking in the Three Branches of Government
introduces students to executive, legislative, and judicial policymaking and to policy evaluation. First, students discuss how policy can be made by each of the branches. Then they read about and discuss how the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance to suppress gang activity and how each branch of government was involved in the policy. Finally, students are introduced to a policy-analysis rubric (GRADE) and apply it to the Chicago gang ordinance.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 2 Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

C13. [9-12]. 5 Analyze the United States Constitution and its amendments in protecting individual rights, including the Fourteenth Amendment’s provisions for due process and equal protection of individual rights through the examination of landmark cases, i. e. ,

C13. [9-12]. 6 Examine the rights of citizens and how these rights are protected and restricted.

C13. [9-12]. 7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8 Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.

Content Standard C14. 0 The Federal System: U. S. , State, and Local Governments Students understand the U. S. Constitution and the government it creates, including the relationship between national and sub-national governments, as well as the structure and function of state and local governments.

C14. [9-12]. 6 Examine the organization of the U. S. Constitution and describe the structure it creates, including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

C14. [9-12]. 13 Explain the state and local judicial processes such as juvenile, civil, and criminal court systems.

Content Standard C15. 0 The Political Process Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

C15. [9-12]. 3 Evaluate the significance of interest groups and public opinion in the political process of a democratic society.

C15. [9-12]. 6 Describe the process by which public policy is formulated and implemented.


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Lesson 6: Analyzing Anti-Gang Policies
provides students with practice in analyzing policy. First, as a whole group, they evaluate an anti-gang policy using GRADE. Then in small groups, they are given policies that address gang violence and they evaluate each.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 2 Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

C13. [9-12]. 6 Examine the rights of citizens and how these rights are protected and restricted.

C13. [9-12]. 7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8 Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.

Content Standard C15. 0 The Political Process Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

C15. [9-12]. 3 Evaluate the significance of interest groups and public opinion in the political process of a democratic society.

C15. [9-12]. 6 Describe the process by which public policy is formulated and implemented.


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Lesson 7: Policymaking at the Local Level
gets students to examine an instance of policy making at a school board, one of the most common institutions at the local level. First, students read about and discuss a common local (and national) problem, the dropout rate. Then they role play subcommittees of a hypothetical school board, examine documents about the dropout problem, and craft a policy to address the dropout problem. Finally, they exchange policies with other groups and evaluate one another’s policies using the GRADE rubric.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 2 Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

C13. [9-12]. 7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8 Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.

Content Standard C14. 0 The Federal System: U. S. , State, and Local Governments Students understand the U. S. Constitution and the government it creates, including the relationship between national and sub-national governments, as well as the structure and function of state and local governments.

C14. [9-12]. 8 Explain the structure and function of local governments .

Content Standard C15. 0 The Political Process Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

C15. [9-12]. 3 Evaluate the significance of interest groups and public opinion in the political process of a democratic society.

C15. [9-12]. 6 Describe the process by which public policy is formulated and implemented.


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Lesson 8: Law & Policy
informs students about how existing law can influence public policy and policymaking. First, students read about and discuss how existing law can influence public policy. Then in small groups, they role play members of a public policy law firm and decide whether a policy of evicting renters violates existing law and whether a new law is needed to protect renters.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 2 Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

C13. [9-12]. 6 Examine the rights of citizens and how these rights are protected and restricted.

C13. [9-12]. 7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8 Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.

Content Standard C14. 0 The Federal System: U. S. , State, and Local Governments Students understand the U. S. Constitution and the government it creates, including the relationship between national and sub-national governments, as well as the structure and function of state and local governments.

C14. [9-12]. 13 Explain the state and local judicial processes such as juvenile, civil, and criminal court systems.

Content Standard C15. 0 The Political Process Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

C15. [9-12]. 3 Evaluate the significance of interest groups and public opinion in the political process of a democratic society.

C15. [9-12]. 6 Describe the process by which public policy is formulated and implemented.


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Lesson 9: Persuading
introduces students to the art of persuasion. First, they read about and discuss the three types of persuasion: logos, ethos, and pathos. Then students prepare two-minute persuasive talks on why the issue that they have chosen to address in CAP is important. Finally, in pairs, students present and critique one another’s talks.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 2 Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

C13. [9-12]. 7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8 Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.

Content Standard C15. 0 The Political Process Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

C15. [9-12]. 3 Evaluate the significance of interest groups and public opinion in the political process of a democratic society.


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Lesson 10: Building Constituencies
introduces students to the importance of building a constituency to support or oppose public policies. First, students complete a brief reading about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Next, they examine documents created during the boycott and identify the civic actions taken to help build constituencies. Finally, in small groups, students brainstorm how they can get support for their CAP issue.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 2 Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

C13. [9-12]. 6 Examine the rights of citizens and how these rights are protected and restricted.

C13. [9-12]. 7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8 Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.

Content Standard C15. 0 The Political Process Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

C15. [9-12]. 3 Evaluate the significance of interest groups and public opinion in the political process of a democratic society.

C15. [9-12]. 6 Describe the process by which public policy is formulated and implemented.

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Lesson 11: Setting the Public Agenda
introduces students to the public agenda and its importance to policy. First, students read about and discuss the public agenda and ways that citizens can influence it. Then in small groups, students are given different situations and they develop strategic plans for getting their issues or solutions to issues on the public agenda.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 2 Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

C13. [9-12]. 7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8 Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.

Content Standard C15. 0 The Political Process Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

C15. [9-12]. 3 Evaluate the significance of interest groups and public opinion in the political process of a democratic society.

C15. [9-12]. 6 Describe the process by which public policy is formulated and implemented.


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Lesson 12: Using the Media
helps students learn about the importance of the media in setting the public agenda. First, they read about and discuss how the media help set the public agenda and how citizens can influence the media and even create their own media to help change the public agenda. Then they develop a plan to do one action to use or affect the media. Finally, they begin to implement their plan. As homework, they complete their action.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 2 Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

C13. [9-12]. 6 Examine the rights of citizens and how these rights are protected and restricted.

C13. [9-12]. 7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8 Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.

Content Standard C15. 0 The Political Process Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

C15. [9-12]. 3 Evaluate the significance of interest groups and public opinion in the political process of a democratic society.

C15. [9-12]. 4 Analyze the role of media in the process of political persuasion.

C15. [9-12]. 6 Describe the process by which public policy is formulated and implemented.


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Lesson 13: Persuading Policy Makers
informs students that legislative and executive bodies often hold public hearing and how students can make effective presentations at these hearings. First, students read about public hearings and techniques for making presentations at these hearings. Then students role play a city council and people appearing before it attempting to persuade policy makers on hypothetical issues.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 2 Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

C13. [9-12]. 7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.

Content Standard C15. 0 The Political Process Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

C15. [9-12]. 3Evaluate the significance of interest groups and public opinion in the political process of a democratic society.

C15. [9-12]. 6Describe the process by which public policy is formulated and implemented.


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Lesson 14: Creating Change Through the Electoral Process
focuses on electoral politics and how it deeply influences policy making. First, students read about and discuss the role that electoral politics plays in policy making. Then in small groups, students role play campaign workers and create strategies to attract young people to participate in an election campaign.

Content Standard C13. 0 Citizenship and the Law Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

C13. [9-12]. 2Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

C13. [9-12]. 7Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.

C13. [9-12]. 8Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.

Content Standard C15. 0 The Political Process Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

C15. [9-12]. 1Assess the processes by which leaders are selected in the U. S. political system and analyze the role of the Electoral College system in the election of the President.

C15. [9-12]. 3Evaluate the significance of interest groups and public opinion in the political process of a democratic society.

C15. [9-12]. 6Describe the process by which public policy is formulated and implemented.

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