6.1 All students will acquire the knowledge and skills to think analytically about how past and present interactions of people, cultures, and the environment shape the American heritage. Such knowledge and skills enable students to make informed decisions that reflect fundamental rights and core democratic values as productive citizens in local, national, and global communities.
A Civics, Government, and Human Rights
6.1.4.A.1 Explain how rules and laws created by community, state, and national governments protect the rights of people, help resolve conflicts, and promote the common good.
6.1.4.A.2 Explain how fundamental rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights (i.e., freedom of expression, freedom of religion, the right to vote, and the right to due process) contribute to the continuation and improvement of American democracy.
6.1.4.A.6 Explain how national and state governments share power in the federal system of government.
6.1.4.A.7 Explain how the United States functions as a representative democracy, and describe the roles of elected representatives and how they interact with citizens at local, state, and national levels.
6.1.4.A.11 Explain how the fundamental rights of the individual and the common good of the country depend upon all citizens exercising their civic responsibilities at the community, state, national, and global levels.
6.1.4.A.12 Explain the process of creating change at the local, state, or national level.
6.1.4.A.13 Describe the process by which immigrants become United States citizens.
6.1.4.A.14 Describe how the world is divided into many nations that have their own governments, languages, customs, and laws.
6.1.4.A.15 Explain how and why it is important that people from diverse cultures collaborate to find solutions to community, state, national, and global challenges.
6.1.4.A.16 Explore how national and international leaders, businesses, and global organizations promote human rights and provide aid to individuals and nations in need.
B Geography, People, and the Environment
6.1.4.B.1 Compare and contrast information that can be found on different types of maps and determine how the information may be useful.
6.1.4.B.2 Use physical and political maps to explain how the location and spatial relationship of places in New Jersey, the United States, and other areas, worldwide, have contributed to cultural diffusion and economic interdependence.
6.1.4.B.3 Explain how and when it is important to use digital geographic tools, political maps, and globes to measure distances and to determine time zones and locations using latitude and longitude.
6.1.4.B.4 Describe how landforms, climate and weather, and availability of resources have impacted where and how people live and work in different regions of New Jersey and the United States.
6.1.4.B.5 Describe how human interaction impacts the environment in New Jersey and the United States.
6.1.4.B.6 Compare and contrast characteristics of regions in the United States based on culture, economics, and physical environment to understand the concept of regionalism.
6.1.4.B.7 Explain why some locations in New Jersey and the United States are more suited for settlement than others.
6.1.4.B.8 Compare ways people choose to use and distribute natural resources.
6.1.4.B.9 Relate advances in science and technology to environmental concerns, and to actions taken to address them.
6.1.4.B.10 Identify major cities in New Jersey, as well as in the United States, and the world, and explain how geographic and demographic tools (e.g., maps, globes, data visualizations) can be used to understand cultural differences.
6.1.4.D.5 Relate key historical documents (i.e., the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights) to present day government and citizenship.
6.1.4.D.18 Explain how an individual's beliefs, values, and traditions may reflect more than one culture.
6.1.4.D.19 Explain how experiences and events may be interpreted differently by people with different cultural or individual perspectives.
6.1.4.D.20 Describe why it is important to understand the perspectives of other cultures in an interconnected world.
6.3 All students will acquire the skills needed to be active, informed citizens who value diversity and promote cultural understanding by working collaboratively to address the challenges that are inherent in living in an interconnected world.
A Civics, Government, and Human Rights
6.3.4.A.1 Determine what makes a good rule or law and apply this understanding to rules and laws in your school or community (e.g., bike helmet, recycling).
6.3.4.A.2 Examine the impact of a local issue by considering the perspectives of different groups, including community members and local officials.
6.3.4.A.3 Select a local issue and develop a group action plan to inform school and/or community members about the issue.
6.3.4.A.4 Communicate with students from various countries about common issues of public concern and possible solutions.
B Geography, People and the Environment
6.3.4.B.1 Plan and participate in an advocacy project to inform others about environmental issues at the local or state level and propose possible solutions.
C Economics, Innovation, and Technology
6.3.4.C.1 Develop and implement a group initiative that addresses an economic issue impacting children.
D History, Culture, and Perspectives
6.3.4.D.1 Identify actions that are unfair or discriminatory, such as bullying, and propose solutions to address such actions.