Academic Standard: Subject

Government and Civics
Tennessee State Standards
Social Studies (2014-2019)
Grade range: 
Elements within this Subject
Recite and analyze the lyrics of "The Star Spangled Banner" to determine the meaning of the song and its origins in the War of 1812.
Identify the location and summarize the significance of well-known sites and landmarks in the United States including Mt. Rushmore, The White House, Statue of Liberty,
Compare the branches of Tennessee's government to the national government.
With guidance and support, read how government systems were laid out in the Constitution of the United States and the Tennessee Constitution to form three balanced
Create a graphic organizer to explain the three branches of government and the basic role of each.
Summarize how the United States makes laws, determines whether laws have been violated, and the consequences for breaking different types of laws.
Explain the development and consequences of rules in the United States, including traffic laws, laws on drugs and alcohol, laws against harm, and basic tax laws.
Explain how individuals living in societies went from developing rules for small groups (as in early colonial times) to developing rules for larger groups, including
Identify the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States.
Examine the amendments written to protect all citizens' right to vote.
Compare the ways one becomes a citizen (by birth or naturalization).