U.S. Government

Course Focus

USG.1 Identify SDA Christian principles and values in correlation with social studies.
USG.1.1 Recognize God’s purpose in the dynamics of human history.
USG.1.2 Explore God’s role in the political, social, economic, and spiritual areas of societies.
USG.1.3 Apply Biblical principles of Christian morality, integrity, and ethical behavior to all aspects of life.
USG.1.4 Equip students with a Christian approach toward social issues.

Course Abilities

USG.2 Develop abilities in social studies. HS-ETS1
USG.2.1 Develop critical and creative thinking skills (analysis, evaluation, divergent questioning, modeling).
USG.2.2 Utilize the principles and methodologies of cooperative learning (benefiting from others’ experiences).
USG.2.3 Develop effective communication skills (speaking, writing, listening, debating, using technology, etc.).
USG.3 Be able to apply social studies knowledge and skills.
USG.3.1 Read, research, analyze, write, and present using primary, secondary, and technological sources.
USG.3.2 Identify key concepts and themes.
USG.3.3 Demonstrate an appreciation of life through diverse perspectives.
USG.3.4 Correlate relevant concepts from past to present.

Course Content

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USG.4 Be able to conduct historical inquiry and analysis to develop an understanding of government.
USG.4.1 Evaluate God’s continuous role in the dynamics of United States government.
USG.4.2 Study the need for order in society and the forms of government that meet that need.
USG.4.3 Identify key people, events, and processes of government (electoral process, taxation, etc.).
USG.4.4 Examine the origins and influence of ideas (social, religious/SDA, philosophical, political, etc.).
USG.4.5 Trace the progression of historical events and their influence on government (political parties, Supreme Court decisions, civil rights, etc.).
USG.4.6 Distinguish key domestic and foreign policies and their causes/effects (military conflict, racial conflicts, economic issues, geographic impact, social unrest, etc.).
USG.4.7 Synthesize the influence of historic documents that impact the framework of the government.
USG.5 Be able to utilize various literacy skills for interpreting historical data.
USG.5.1 Examine how primary documents establish the three branches of government and define the powers of the federal, state, and local governments.
USG.5.2 Exhibit appropriate skills for interpreting maps, charts, graphs, etc.
USG.5.3 Select, validate, and effectively use a variety of sources to formulate a position or course of action on an issue.
USG.5.4 Identify bias in written, oral, or visual material (yellow journalism, TV and radio, cartoons, etc.).
USG.5.5 Communicate information logically using basic language arts skills.
USG.6 Be able to appreciate the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a diverse society.
USG.6.1 Understand the individual’s civic responsibilities (voting, military service, public service, etc.).
USG.6.2 Accept the reality of contrasting cultural and ideological viewpoints.
USG.6.3 Recognize the necessity of compromise in balancing the majority rule and an insistence upon minority rights.
USG.7 Be able to assess and integrate political concepts into practical applications.
USG.7.1 Evaluate issues and their influence (immigration/naturalization, environmentalism, etc.).
USG.7.2 Analyze and defend positions on the influence of the media and technology on public opinion.
USG.7.3 Examine the role and influence of the United States as a world power.
USG.7.4 Relate key influences and themes to past, present, and possible future events.