Nevada

Nevada Legislature, Chapter 389 Examinations, Courses, Standards and Graduation:

NRS 389.018: “Three units of credit in social studies, including, without limitation: (1) American government; (2) American history; and (3) World history or geography.”

NRS 389.035: “Satisfactory completion of courses in American government and American history is required for graduation.”

 

Nevada State Social Studies Standards

The Nevada State Social Studies Standards include History, Geography, Economics, and Civics. For grades 6 – 8 and 9 – 12, standards are “grade banded” to allow districts flexibility in curriculum. The standards encompass four Social Studies Skills, one of which is Civic Participation, which “includes the skills necessary to prepare students to be active, informed, and literate citizens. These skills are an integral part of the study of social studies and are taught as an integral part with the content standards.” Civics content standards address Citizenship and the Law, The Federal System: U.S., State, and Local Governments, The Political Process and Global Relations.

Kindergarten

  • Content Standard H2.0 – Nation Building and Development – Students understand the people, events, ideas, and conflicts that lead to the evolution of nations, empires, distinctive cultures, and political and economic ideas.
    • H2.K.1 Identify problems that occur when people live and work together.
  • Content Standard C13.0 – Citizenship and the Law – Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.
    • C13.K.1 Identify and follow classroom and school rules that guide behavior and resolve conflicts.
    • C13.K.2 Identify an individual‘s rights within the classroom.

Grade 1

  • Content Standard C13.0 – Citizenship and the Law – Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.
    • C13.1.1 Identify and follow classroom and school rules that guide behavior and resolve conflicts.
    • C13.1.2 Identify an individual‘s rights within the classroom.
  • Content Standard C14.0 – The Federal System: U.S., State, and Local Governments – Students understand the U.S. Constitution and the government it creates, including the relationship between national and sub-national governments, as well as the structure and function of state and local governments.
    • C14.1.1 Name the current President of the United States.

Grade 2

  • Content Standard H2.0 – Nation Building and Development – Students understand the people, events, ideas, and conflicts that lead to the evolution of nations, empires, distinctive cultures, and political and economic ideas.
    • H2.2.1 Identify ways in which people cooperate to achieve a common goal.
    • H2.2.2 Explore the importance of both local and national landmarks, and explain how they create a sense of community among citizens.
  • Content Standard C13.0 – Citizenship and the Law – Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.
    • C13.2.1 Identify and follow classroom and school rules that guide behavior and resolve conflicts.
    • C13.2.2 Identify an individual‘s rights within the classroom and in school.
  • Content Standard C14.0 – The Federal System: U.S., State, and Local Governments – Students understand the U.S. Constitution and the government it creates, including the relationship between national and sub-national governments, as well as the structure and function of state and local governments.
    • C14.2.1 Name the current President of the United States.

Grade 3

  • Content Standard C13.0 – Citizenship and the Law – Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.
    • C13.3.1 Identify and discuss examples of rules, laws, and authorities that keep people safe and property secure.
    • C13.3.2 Discuss that democracy involves voting, majority rule, and setting rules.
  • Content Standard C14.0 – The Federal System: U.S., State, and Local Governments – Students understand the U.S. Constitution and the government it creates, including the relationship between national and sub-national governments, as well as the structure and function of state and local governments.
    • C14.3.1 Name the current President of the United States.
    • C.14.3.2 Name the current mayor of the town.

Grade 4

  • Content Standard C13.0 – Citizenship and the Law – Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.
    • C13.4.2 Explain that democracy involves voting, majority rule, and setting rules.
  • Content Standard C14.0 – The Federal System: U.S., State, and Local Governments – Students understand the U.S. Constitution and the government it creates, including the relationship between national and sub-national governments, as well as the structure and function of state and local governments.
    • C14.4.2 Name the current President of the United States.
    • C14.4.3 Name the current governor of Nevada.
    • C14.4.4 Explain why local governments are created.
    • C14.4.5 Name the three branches of state government.
    • C14.4.6 Understand the role of courts.

Grade 5

  • Content Standard H2.0 – Nation Building and Development – Students understand the people, events, ideas, and conflicts that lead to the evolution of nations, empires, distinctive cultures, and political and economic ideas.
    • H2.5.2 Describe issues of compromise and conflict within the United States.
    • H2.5.3 Describe the competition among the English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Indian nations for control of North America.
    • H2.5.8 Explain the relationship between the American colonies and England, and discuss its impact on independence.
    • H2.5.4 Explain why slavery was introduced into colonial America.
    • H2.5.5 Explain how the interactions among Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans, during colonial America resulted in unique economic, social, and political institutions.
    • H2.5.6 Identify the events that led to the Declaration of Independence.
    • H2.5.7 Identify the causes, key events, and people of the American Revolution.
  • Content Standard C13.0 – Citizenship and the Law – Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.
    • C13.5.1 Explain that the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, are written documents that are the foundation of the United States government.
    • C13.5.2 Describe the operation of representative government.
  • Content Standard C14.0 – The Federal System: U.S., State, and Local Governments – Students understand the U.S. Constitution and the government it creates, including the relationship between national and sub-national governments, as well as the structure and function of state and local governments.
    • C14.5.2 Identify the three branches of government (as set forth in the U.S. Constitution).
    • C14.5.3 Name the two houses of the U.S. Congress and explain how representation is determined.
    • C14.5.4 Identify the powers of the U.S. Congress, i.e., power to tax, declare war, and impeach the President.
    • C14.5.5 Identify the duties of the President within the executive branch.
    • C14.5.6 Explain that the U.S. Supreme Court is the highest court in the land.
    • C14.5.7 Describe the purpose of a judge and jury in a trial as it relates to resolving disputes.

Grades 6-8

  • Content Standard H2.0 – Nation Building and Development – Students understand the people, events, ideas, and conflicts that lead to the evolution of nations, empires, distinctive cultures, and political and economic ideas.
    • H2.[6-8].8 Determine the significance of the first and second Continental Congress and the Committees of Correspondence.
    • H2.[6-8].9 Describe the events, course, and results of the American Revolution, including the contributions of women, African Americans, and Native Americans.
    • H2.[6-8].10 Explain how the failures of the Articles of Confederation led to the creation of the Constitution.
    • H2.[6-8].11 Explain the issues involved in the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the new government it established.
    • H2.[6-8].12 Identify the individual and states rights protected by the Bill of Rights and their continuing significance.
  • Content Standard H3.0 – Social Responsibility & Change – Students understand how social ideas and individual action lead to social, political, economic, and technological change.
    • H3.[6-8].1 Describe the similarities and differences of European colonial communities in North America in terms of politics, religion, language, economics, and social customs.
    • H3.[6-8].2 Explain the political and economic causes and effects of the American Revolution.
    • H3.[6-8].3 Describe key political ideas that influenced the American Revolution and the formation of the United States.
    • H3.[6-8].4 Explain the major ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence.
    • H3.[6-8].7 Explain the struggle between states‘ rights and federalism, and the impact on the national identity in the United States.
    • H3.[6-8].9 Identify the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution and explain their impact on the expansion of human rights.
  • Content Standard C13.0 – Citizenship and the Law – Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.
    • C13.[6-8].1 Explain the difference between the rule of law and the rule of man, i.e., divine right of monarchs, dictatorships.
    • C13.[6-8].2 Identify major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and analyze the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.
    • C13.[6-8].3 Describe the significance of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as foundations of U.S. democracy.
    • C13.[6-8].4 Describe how the Nevada and U.S. Constitution serve as devices for preserving state and national principles and as vehicles for change, including the amendment process.
    • C13.[6-8].5 Explain the influence of ancient civilizations of the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.
    • C13.[6-8].6 Explain the necessity of the protection of individual rights in a democratic society.
  • Content Standard C14.0 – The Federal System: U.S., State, and Local Governments – Students understand the U.S. Constitution and the government it creates, including the relationship between national and sub-national governments, as well as the structure and function of state and local governments.
    • C14.[6-8].1 Define federalism.
    • C14.[6-8].2 Give examples of governmental powers, i.e., the power to tax, declare war, and issue drivers‘ licenses, that are distributed between the national and state governments.
    • C14.[6-8].3 Explain how the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution defines the relationship between national and state governments.
    • C14.[6-8].5 Explain the functions of the three branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) as found in the U.S. and Nevada Constitutions.
    • C14.[6-8].6 Explain the system of checks and balances and the principle of limited powers in the design of the U.S. Constitution.
    • C14.[6-8].7 Explain the organization and function of State and local government.
    • C14.[6-8].8 Explain the historic compromises that created a two-house Congress and identify the responsibilities of each house.
    • C14.[6-8].9 Describe powers of the U.S. Congress. Describe the duties of the President and other executive.
    • C14.[6-8].10 Describe the function of the U.S. Supreme Court including judicial review using landmark court cases.
    • C14.[6-8].12 Identify the state and local judicial processes, i.e., juvenile, civil, and criminal court systems.

Grades 9-12

  • Content Standard H2.0 – Nation Building and Development – Students understand the people, events, ideas, and conflicts that lead to the evolution of nations, empires, distinctive cultures, and political and economic ideas.
    • H2.[9-12].1 Summarize the concepts and results of the American Revolution and post revolutionary outcomes as they apply to the 20th Century.
    • H2.[9-12].19 Explain how Greek and Roman civilizations influenced the development of democratic and republican governments in modern societies.
  • Content Standard C13.0 – Citizenship and the Law – Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.
    • C13.[9-12].1 Explain the concept of the rule of law in the establishment of the U.S. Constitution.
    • C13.[9-12].2 Analyze major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and evaluate the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.
    • C13.[9-12].3 Describe the historic influences of ideas, i.e., Greek law, Magna Carta, Iroquois League, Social Contract Theory, Natural Rights Philosophy, and Republicanism on the creation of early U.S. documents.
    • C13.[9-12].4 Describe how the Nevada and U.S. Constitution serve as devices for preserving state and national principles and as vehicles for change, including the formal and informal amendment processes.
    • C13.[9-12].5 Analyze the United States Constitution and its amendments in protecting individual rights, including the Fourteenth Amendment‘s provisions for due process and equal protection of individual rights through the examination of landmark cases, i.e.,
      • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
      • Gideon v. Wainwright
      • Miranda v. Arizona
      • Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District
    • C13.[9-12].6 Examine the rights of citizens and how these rights are protected and restricted.
    • C13.[9-12].7 Analyze and evaluate the role of citizen participation in civic life.
    • C13.[9-12].8 Examine the responsibilities of local, state, and national citizenship.
    • C13.[9-12].9 Interpret the symbols and documents of a nation and analyze how they represent its identity.
  • Content Standard C14.0 – The Federal System: U.S., State, and Local Governments – Students understand the U.S. Constitution and the government it creates, including the relationship between national and sub-national governments, as well as the structure and function of state and local governments.
    • C14.[9-12].1 Explain the U.S. Constitutional provisions for division of powers between the national and state governments (delegated, implied, reserved, concurrent powers).
    • C14.[9-12].2 Analyze and give examples of the expansion of the national government through the application of enumerated powers and implied powers.
    • C14.[9-12].3 Provide contemporary examples of federalism. Compare and contrast the structure of the Nevada and United States Constitutions.
    • C14.[9-12].4 Use examples to illustrate the supremacy clause in defining the relationship between state and national governments.
    • C14.[9-12].5 Describe the unique role of tribal and territorial governments in the U.S.
    • C14.[9-12].6 Examine the organization of the U.S. Constitution and describe the structure it creates, including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
    • C14.[9-12].7 Examine the organization of the Nevada Constitution and describe the structure it creates, including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
    • C14.[9-12].8 Explain the structure and function of local governments.
    • C14.[9-12].9 Analyze the effectiveness of checks and balances in maintaining the equal division of power.
    • C14.[9-12].10 Describe the creation of laws through the legislative process.
    • C14.[9-12].11 Describe the duties of the executive branch, including: Cabinet/departments, Regulatory commissions, Executive Office of the President/White House staff.
    • C14.[9-12].12 Describe the structure and jurisdiction of the federal court system and analyze the power of judicial review.