DE-Delaware Standards for So

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State Delaware
Policy Focus Curriculum Framework
Initiating Entity SEA
Description The Delaware Standards for Social Studies (grade-cluster standards) include a strand of standards for civics. According to the standards document, students “need to comprehend that an essential premise of representative democracy is the willingness of citizens to place a high premium on their own personal responsibility for participation in social decision-making. Students develop the skills which citizens must possess in order to discharge those responsibilities while protecting their rights and the rights of others. The study of civics prepares students to translate their beliefs into actions and their ideas into policies.” The standards are built on four anchor standards: 1.) students will examine the structure and purposes of governments with specific emphasis on constitutional democracy, 2.) students will understand the principles and ideals underlying the American political system, 3.) students will understand the responsibilities, rights, and privileges of United States citizens, and 4.) students will develop and employ the civic skills necessary for effective, participatory citizenship.


Sample standards/benchmarks include: understanding that respect for others, their opinions, and their property is a foundation of civil society in the United States (grades K-3), applying the fundamental rights and protections of American citizens guaranteed in the Bill of Rights to everyday situations (grades 4-5), and developing and employing the skills necessary to work with government programs and agencies (grades 9-12).
Reference Code Delaware Standards for Social Studies (1995)
http://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/2548
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Year Implemented
Grade Levels K-12
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