Standards Alignment: Grade 12 Principles of American Democracy (Government)

Facing History's resources will help you meet the following California History–Social Science Framework standards: 

12.1 Students explain the fundamental principles and moral values of American democracy as expressed in the U.S. Constitution and other essential documents of American democracy. 

12.2 Students evaluate and take and defend positions on the scope and limits of rights and obligations as democratic citizens, the relationships among them, and how they are secured.

  • Lesson: Citizen Power Makes Democracy Work

    Explores citizenship, power, and responsibility using the work of civic entrepreneur Eric Liu.

  • Lesson: Challenging Assumptions with Curiosity

    Students practice being thoughtful about fellow citizens' identities, values, and perspectives by reflecting on a video featuring voices of young people from across the United States.

  • Study guide: Becoming American: The Chinese Experience

    Examines themes of identity and belonging in the context of the ways the first arrivals from China in the 1840s, their descendants, and recent immigrants have “become American.”

12.5 Students summarize landmark U.S. Supreme Court interpretations of the Constitution and its amendments. 

12.6 Students evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective offices

12.8 Students evaluate and take and defend positions on the influence of the media on American political life.

  • Unit: Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

    Lessons feature video interviews with journalists and scholars and analysis of news coverage and social media.

  • Core Case Study: Choices in the Little Rock (part 3, lesson 3)

    Investigates the choices made by the Little Rock Nine and others in the community during efforts to desegregate Central High School in 1957.

  • Study Guide: Teaching “Reporter”

    Uses the film, Reporter, featuring New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof to help students explore what it means to be a global citizen in the information age.

12.9 Students analyze the origins, characteristics, and development of different political systems across time, with emphasis on the quest for political democracy, its advances, and its obstacles.

  • Resource Collection: The Weimar Republic: The Fragility of Democracy

    Explore this rich collection of readings, artwork, primary documents, and biographies, which documents the creativity and catastrophe of Germany’s Weimar Republic (1919-1933).

12.10 Students formulate questions about and defend their analyses of tensions within our constitutional democracy and the importance of maintaining a balance between the following concepts: majority rule and individual rights; liberty and equality; state and national authority in a federal system; civil disobedience and the rule of law; freedom of the press and the right to a fair trial; the relationship of religion and government.

  • Teaching Idea: Assessing the Strength of Democracy

    Provides students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of democracy and a framework for making meaning of news stories about the tensions and conflicts in democracies today.

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