SS.7.C.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the origins and purposes of government, law, and the American political system.
SS.7.C.1.1 Recognize how Enlightenment ideas including Montesquieu's view of separation of power and John Locke's theories related to natural law and how Locke's social contract influenced the Founding Fathers.
SS.7.C.2.6 Simulate the trial process and the role of juries in the administration of justice.
SS.7.C.2.7 Conduct a mock election to demonstrate the voting process and its impact on a school, community, or local level.
SS.7.C.2.8 Identify America's current political parties, and illustrate their ideas about government.
SS.7.C.2.9 Evaluate candidates for political office by analyzing their qualifications, experience, issue-based platforms, debates, and political ads.
SS.7.C.2.10 Examine the impact of media, individuals, and interest groups on monitoring and influencing government.
SS.7.C.2.11 Analyze media and political communications (bias, symbolism, propaganda).
SS.7.C.2.12 Develop a plan to resolve a state or local problem by researching public policy alternatives, identifying appropriate government agencies to address the issue, and determining a course of action.
SS.7.C.2.13 Examine multiple perspectives on public and current issues.
SS.7.C.2.14 Conduct a service project to further the public good.
SS.7.C.3 Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, functions, and organization of government.
SS.7.C.3.1 Compare different forms of government (direct democracy, representative democracy, socialism, communism, monarchy, oligarchy, autocracy).
SS.7.C.3.2 Compare parliamentary, federal, confederal, and unitary systems of government.
SS.7.C.3.3 Illustrate the structure and function (three branches of government established in Articles I, II, and III with corresponding powers) of government in the United States as established in the Constitution.
SS.7.C.3.12 Analyze the significance and outcomes of landmark Supreme Court cases including, but not limited to, Marbury v. Madison, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Gideon v. Wainwright, Miranda v. Arizona, in re Gault, Tinker v. Des Moines, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmier, United States v. Nixon, and Bush v. Gore.
SS.7.G.2.3 Explain how major physical characteristics, natural resources, climate, and absolute and relative location have influenced settlement, economies, and inter-governmental relations in North America.
SS.7.G.2.4 Describe current major cultural regions of North America.
SS.7.G.3 Understand the relationships between the Earth's ecosystems and the populations that dwell within them.
SS.7.G.3.1 Use maps to describe the location, abundance, and variety of natural resources in North America.
SS.7.G.4 Understand the characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations.
SS.7.G.4.1 Use geographic terms and tools to explain cultural diffusion throughout North America.
SS.7.G.4.2 Use maps and other geographic tools to examine the importance of demographics within political divisions of the United States.
SS.7.G.5 Understand how human actions can impact the environment.
SS.7.G.5.1 Use a choropleth or other map to geographically represent current information about issues of conservation or ecology in the local community.
SS.7.G.6 Understand how to apply geography to interpret the past and present and plan for the future.
SS.7.G.6.1 Use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or other technology to view maps of current information about the United States.