Florida Statutes: 

Fla. Stat. § 1003.41 Sunshine State Standards: “(4) Social studies standards must establish specific curricular content for, at a minimum, geography, United States and world history, government, civics, economics, and humanities. The standards must include distinct grade level expectations for the core content knowledge and skills that a student is expected to have acquired by each individual grade level from kindergarten through grade 8. The social studies standards for grades 9 through 12 may be organized by grade clusters of more than one grade level.”

Fla. Stat. § 1003.4282(2)(a) 4. General requirements for high school graduation; revised. “Three credits in social studies as follows: one credit in United States history; one credit in world history; one-half credit in economics; and one-half credit in United States government.”

Fla. Stat. § 1003.43 General requirements for high school graduation. “(1) Graduation requires successful completion of either a minimum of 24 academic credits in grades 9 through 12 or an International Baccalaureate curriculum. The 24 credits shall be distributed as follows:

(g) One-half credit in American government, including study of the Constitution of the United States. For students entering the 9th grade in the 1997-1998 school year and thereafter, the study of Florida government, including study of the State Constitution, the three branches of state government, and municipal and county government, shall be included as part of the required study of American government.”



Florida State Social Studies Standards

Grade 1

  • SS.1.C.3.2 Recognize symbols and individuals that represent American constitutional democracy.

Grade 2

  • SS.2.C.1.1 Explain why people form governments.
  • SS.2.C.1.2 Explain the consequences of an absence of rules and laws.
  • SS.2.C.2.1 Identify what it means to be a United States citizen either by birth or by naturalization.
  • SS.2.C.2.2 Define and apply the characteristics of responsible citizenship.
  • SS.2.C.2.3 Explain why United States citizens have guaranteed rights and identify rights.
  • SS.2.C.2.4 Identify ways citizens can make a positive contribution in their community.
  • SS.2.C.2.5 Evaluate the contribution of various African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, veterans and women.
  • SS.2.C.3.1 Identify the Constitution as the document which establishes the structure, function, powers, and limits of American government.

Grade 3

  • SS.3.C.1.1 Explain the purpose and need for government.
  • SS.3.C.1.2 Describe how government gains its powers from the people.
  • SS.3.C.1.3 Explain how government was established through a written Constitution.
  • SS.3.C.2.1 Identify group and individual actions of citizens that demonstrate civility, cooperation, volunteerism and civic virtues.
  • SS.3.C.3.1 Identify the levels of government (local, state, federal).
  • SS.3.C.3.2 Describe how government is organized at the local level.
  • SS.3.C.3.3 Recognize that every state has a state constitution.
  • SS.3.C.3.4 Recognize that the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land.

Grade 4

  • SS.4.C.1.1 Describe how Florida’s constitution protects the rights of citizens and provides for the structure, function, and purpose of state government.
  • SS.4.C.2.2 Identify ways citizens work together to influence government and help solve community and state problems.
  • SS.4.C.2.3 Explain the importance of public service, voting and volunteerism.
  • SS.4.C.3.1 Identify the three branches (Legislative, Judicial, Executive) of government in Florida and the powers of each.
  • SS.4.C.3.2 Distinguish between state (governor, state representative, or senator) and local government (mayor, city commissioner).

Grade 5

  • SS.5.A.4.1 Identify the economic, political and socio-cultural motivation for colonial settlement.
  • SS.5.A4.2 Compare characteristics of New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.
  • SS.5.A.4.3 Identify significant individuals responsible for the development of the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.
  • SS.5.A.4.4 Demonstrate an understanding of political, economic and social aspects of daily colonial life in the thirteen colonies.
  • SS.5.A.4.5 Explain the importance of Triangular Trade linking Africa, the West Indies, the British Colonies, and Europe.
  • SS.5.A.4.6 Describe the introduction, impact and role of slavery in the colonies.
  • SS.5.A.5.1 Identify and explain significant events leading up to the American Revolution.
  • SS. 5.A.5.2 Identify significant individuals and groups who played a role in the American Revolution.
  • SS.5.A.5.3 Explain the significance of historical documents including key political concepts, origins of these concepts, and their role in American Independence.
  • SS.5.A.5.4 Examine and explain the changing roles and impact of significant women during the American Revolution.
  • SS.5.A.5.5 Examine and compare major battles and military campaigns of the American Revolution.
  • SS.5.A.5.6 Identify the contributions of foreign alliances and individuals to the outcome of the Revolution.
  • SS.5.A.5.7 Explain the economic, military, and political factors which led to the end of the Revolutionary War.
  • SS.5.A.5.8 Evaluate the personal and political hardships resulting from the American Revolution.
  • SS.5.A5.9 Discuss the impact and significance of land policies developed under the Confederation Congress (Northwest Ordinance of 1787).
  • SS.5.A.5.10 Examine the significance of the Constitution including its key political concepts, origins of those concepts, and their role in American democracy.
  • SS.5.C.1.1 Explain how and why the United States government was created.
  • SS.5.C.1.2 Define a constitution and discuss its purposes.
  • SS.5.C.1.3 Explain the definition and origin of rights.
  • SS.5.C.1.4 Identify the Declaration of Independence’s grievances and Articles of Confederation’s weaknesses.
  • SS.5.C.1.5 Describe how concerns about individual rights led to the inclusion of the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution.
  • SS.5.C.1.6 Compare Federalist and Anti-Federalist views of government.
  • SS.5.C.2.1 Differentiate political ideas of Patriots, Loyalists, and “undecideds” during the American Revolution.
  • SS.5.C.2.2 Compare forms of political participation in the colonial period to today.
  • SS.5.C.2.3 Analyze how the Constitution has expanded voting rights from our nation’s early history to today.
  • SS.5.C.2.4 Evaluate the importance of civic responsibilities in American democracy.
  • SS.5.C.2.5 Identify ways good citizens go beyond basic civic and political responsibilities to improve government and society.
  • SS.5.C.3.1 Describe the organizational structure (legislative, executive, judicial branches) and powers of the federal government as defined in Articles I, II, and III of the U.S. Constitution.
  • SS.5.C.3.2 Explain how popular sovereignty, rule of law, separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, and individual rights limit the powers of the federal government as expressed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  • SS.5.C.3.3 Give examples of powers granted to the federal government and those reserved to the states.
  • SS.5.C.3.4 Describe the amendment process as defined by Article V of the Constitution and give examples.
  • SS.5.C.3.5 Identify the fundamental rights of all citizens as enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
  • SS.5.C.3.6 Examine the foundations of the United States legal system by recognizing the role of the courts in interpreting law and settling conflicts.

Grade 7

  • SS.7.C.1.1 Recognize how Enlightenment ideas including Montesquieu’s view of separation of powers and John Locke’s theories related to natural law and how Locke’s social contract influenced the Founding Fathers.
  • SS.7.C.1.2 Trace the impact that the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, Mayflower Compact, and Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” had on colonists’ views of government.
  • SS.7.C.1.3 Describe how English policies and responses to colonial concerns led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
  • SS.7.C.1.4 Analyze the ideas (natural rights, role of the government) and complaints set forth in the Declaration of Independence).
  • SS.7.C.1.5 Identify how the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation led to the writing of the Constitution.
  • SS.7.C.1.6 Interpret the intentions of the Preamble to the Constitution.
  • SS.7.C.1.7 Describe how the Constitution limits the powers of government through separation of powers and checks and balances.
  • SS.7.C.1.8 Explain the viewpoints of the Federalist and the Anti-Federalists regarding the ratification of the Constitution and inclusion of a bill of rights.
  • SS.7.C.1.9 Define the rule of law and recognize its influence on the development of the American legal, political, and governmental system.
  • SS.7.C.2.1 Define the term “citizen,” and identify the legal means of becoming a United States citizen.
  • SS.7.C.2.2 Evaluate the obligations citizens have to obey laws, pay taxes, defend the nation, and serve on juries.
  • SS.7.C.2.3 Experience the responsibilities of citizens at the local, state, or federal levels.
  • SS.7.C.2.4 Evaluate rights contained in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution.
  • SS.7.C.2.5 Distinguish how the Constitution safeguards and limits individual rights.
  • SS.7.C.2.6 Simulate the trial process and the role of juries in the administration of justice.
  • SS.7.C.2.7 Conduct a mock election to demonstrate the voting process and its impact on a school, community, or local level.
  • SS.7.C.3.1 Compare different forms of government (direct democracy, representative democracy, socialism, communism, monarchy, oligarchy, autocracy).
  • SS.7.C.3.2 Compare parliamentary, federal, confederal, and unitary system of government.
  • SS.7.C.3.3 Illustrate the structure and function (three branches of government established in Articles I, II, and III with corresponding powers) of government in the United States as established in the Constitution.
  • SS.7.C.3.4 Identify the relationship and division of powers between the federal government and state governments.
  • SS.7.C.3.5 Explain the Constitutional amendment process.
  • SS.7.C.3.6 Evaluate Constitutional rights and their impact on individuals and society.
  • SS.7.C.3.7 Analyze the impact of the 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th amendments on participation of minority groups in the American political process.
  • SS.7.C.3.8 Analyze the structure, functions, and processes of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
  • SS.7.C.3.9 Illustrate the law making process at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • SS.7.C.3.10 Identify sources and types (civil, criminal, constitutional, military) of law.
  • SS.7.C.3.11 Diagram the levels, functions, and powers of courts at the state and federal levels.
  • SS.7.C.3.12 Analyze the significance and outcomes of landmark Supreme Court cases including, but not limited to, Marbury v. Madison, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Gideon v. Wainwright, Miranda v. Arizona, in re Gault, Tinker v. Des Moines, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, United States v. Nixon, and Bush v. Gore.
  • SS.7.C.3.13 Compare the constitutions of the United States and Florida.

Section 8

  • SS.8.A.2.1 Compare the relationships among the British, French, Spanish, and Dutch in their struggle for colonization of North America.
  • SS.8.A.2.2 Compare the characteristics of the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.
  • SS.8.A.2.3 Differentiate economic systems of New England, Middle and Southern colonies including indentured servants and slaves as labor sources.
  • SS.8.A.2.4 Identify the impact of key colonial figures on the economic, political, and social development of the colonies.
  • SS.8.A.2.5 Discuss the impact of colonial settlement on Native American populations.
  • SS.8.A.2.6 Examine the causes, course, and consequences of the French and Indian War.
  • SS.8.A.2.7 Describe the contributions of key groups (Africans, Native Americans, women, and children) to the society and culture of colonial America.
  • SS.8.A.3.1 Explain the consequences of the French and Indian War in British policies for the American colonies from 1763-1774.
  • SS.8.A.3.2 Explain American colonial reaction to British policy from 1763-1774.
  • SS.8.A.3.3 Recognize the contributions of the Founding Fathers (John Adams, Sam Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Mason, George Washington) during American Revolutionary efforts.
  • SS.8.A.3.4 Examine the contributions of influential groups to both the American and British war efforts during the American Revolutionary War and their effects on the outcome of the war.
  • SS.8.A3.5 Describe the influence of individuals on social and political developments during the Revolutionary era.
  • SS.8.A.3.6 Examine the causes, course, and consequences of the American Revolution.
  • SS.8.A.3.7 Examine the structure, content and consequences of the Declaration of Independence.
  • SS.8.A.3.8 Examine individuals and groups that affected political and social motivations during the American Revolution.
  • SS.8.A.3.9 Evaluate the structure, strengths, and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and its aspects that led to the Constitutional Convention.
  • SS.8.A.3.10 Examine the course and consequences of the Constitutional Convention (New Jersey Plan, Virginia Plan, Great Compromise, Three-Fifths Compromise, compromises regarding taxation and slave trade, Electoral College, state vs. federal power, empowering a president).
  • SS.8.A.3.11 Analyze support and opposition (Federalists, Federalist Papers, AntiFederalists, Bill of Rights) to ratification of the Constitution.
  • SS.8.A.3.12 Examine the influences of George Washington’s presidency in the formation of the new nation.
  • SS.8.A.3.13 Explain major domestic and international economic, military, political and socio- cultural events of John Adams’s presidency.
  • SS.8.A.3.14 Explain major domestic and international economic, military, political, and socio- cultural events of Thomas Jefferson’s presidency.
  • SS.8.A.3.15 Examine this time period (1763-1815) from the perspective of historically under- represented groups (children, indentured servants, Native Americans, slaves, women, working class).
  • SS.8.A.4.13 Explain the consequences of landmark Supreme Court decisions (McCulloch v. Maryland [1819]; Gibbons v. Ogden [1824]; Cherokee Nation v. Georgia [1831], and Worcester v. Georgia [1832]) significant to this era of American history.
  • SS.8.A.4.14 Examine the causes, course, and consequences of the women’s suffrage movement (1848 Seneca Falls Convention, Declaration of Sentiments).
  • SS.8.A.5.1 Explain the causes, course, and consequence of the Civil War (sectionalism, slavery, states’ rights, balance of power in the Senate).
  • SS.8.A.5.2 Analyze the role of slavery in the development of sectional conflict.
  • SS.8.A.5.3 Explain major domestic and international economic, military, political, and socio- cultural events of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency.
  • S.S.8.A.5.8 Explain and evaluate the policies, practices, and consequences of Reconstruction (presidential and congressional reconstruction, Johnson’s impeachment, Civil Rights Act of 1866, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, opposition of Southern whites to Reconstruction, accomplishments and failures of Radical Reconstruction, presidential election of 1876, end of Reconstruction, rise of Jim Crow laws, rise of Ku Klux Klan).
  • SS.8.C.1.1 Identify the constitutional provisions for establishing citizenship.
  • SS.8.C.1.2 Compare views of self-government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens held by Patriots, Loyalists and other colonists.
  • SS.8.C.1.3 Recognize the role of civic virtue in the lives of citizens and leaders from the colonial period through Reconstruction.
  • SS.8.C.1.4 Identify the evolving forms of civic and political participation from the colonial period through Reconstruction.
  • SS.8.C.1.5 Apply the rights and principles contained in the Constitution and Bill of Rights to the lives of citizens today.
  • SS.8.C.1.6 Evaluate how amendments to the Constitution have expanded voting rights from our nation’s early history to present day.
  • SS.8.C.2.1 Evaluate and compare the essential ideals and principles of American constitutional government expressed in primary sources from the colonial period to Reconstruction.

Grades 9-12

  • SS.912.A.2.1 Review causes and consequences of the Civil War.
  • SS.912.A.2.2 Assess the influence of significant people or groups on Reconstruction.
  • SS.912.A.2.3 Describe the issues that divided Republicans during the early Reconstruction era.
  • SS.912.A.2.4 Distinguish the freedoms guaranteed to African Americans and other groups with the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution.
  • SS.912.A.2.5 Assess how Jim Crow Laws influenced life for African Americans and other racial/ethnic minority groups.
  • SS.912.A.2.6 Compare the effects of the Black Codes and the Nadir on freed people, and analyze the sharecropping system and debt peonage as practiced in the United States.
  • SS.912.A.5.7 Examine the freedom movements that advocated civil rights for African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and women.
  • SS.912.A.6.4 Examine efforts to expand or contract rights for various populations during World War II.
  • SS.912.A.6.8 Analyze the effects of the Red Scare on domestic United States Policy.
  • SS.912.A.7.6 Assess key figures and organizations in shaping the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement.
  • SS.912.A.7.7 Assess the building of coalitions between African Americans, whites, and other groups in achieving integration and equal rights.
  • SS.912.A.7.8 Analyze significant Supreme Court decision relating to integration, busing, affirmative action, the rights of the accused, and reproductive rights.
  • SS.912.A.7.9 Examine the similarities of social movements (Native Americans, Hispanics, women, anti-war protesters) of the 1960s and 1970s.
  • SS.912.A.7.10 Analyze the significance of Vietnam and Watergate on the government and people of the United States.