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Skills available for Michigan second-grade social studies standards

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Civics and Government

  • C1 Explain why people create governments.

    • 2 - C1.0.1 Explain why people form governments.

    • 2 - C1.0.2 Distinguish between government action and private action.

  • C2 Understand values and principles of American constitutional democracy.

    • 2 - C2.0.1 Explain how local governments balance individual rights with the common good to solve local community problems.

    • 2 - C2.0.2 Describe how the Pledge of Allegiance reflects the core democratic value of patriotism.

  • C3 Describe the structure of government in the United States and how it functions to serve citizens.

    • 2 - C3.0.1 Give examples of how local governments make, enforce, and interpret laws (ordinances) in the local community.

    • 2 - C3.0.2 Use examples to describe how local government affects the lives of its citizens.

    • 2 - C3.0.3 Identify services commonly provided by local governments (e.g., police, fire departments, schools, libraries, parks).

  • C5 Explain important rights and how, when, and where American citizens demonstrate their responsibilities by participating in government.

    • 2 - C5.0.1 Identify ways citizens participate in community decisions.

    • 2 - C5.0.2 Distinguish between personal and civic responsibilities and explain why they are important in community life.

    • 2 - C5.0.3 Design and participate in community improvement projects that help or inform others.


  • E1 Use fundamental principles and concepts of economics to understand economic activity in a market economy.

Public Discourse, Decision Making, and Citizen Involvement

  • P3.1 Clearly state a problem as a public policy issue, analyze various perspectives, and generate and evaluate possible alternative resolutions.

    • 2 - P3.1.1 Identify public issues in the local community that influence the daily lives of its citizens.

    • 2 - P3.1.2 Use graphic data and other sources to analyze information about a public issue in the local community and evaluate alternative resolutions.

    • 2 - P3.1.3 Give examples of how conflicts over core democratic values lead people to differ on resolutions to a public policy issue in the local community.

  • P3.3 Communicate a reasoned position on a public issue.

    • 2 - P3.3.1 Compose a statement expressing a position on a public policy issue in the local community and justify the position with a reasoned argument.

  • P4.2 Act constructively to further the public good.

    • 2 - P4.2.1 Develop and implement an action plan to address or inform others about a public issue.

    • 2 - P4.2.2 Participate in projects to help or inform others.