Process Skills Strand


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SS.GOV.1.01
Develop and interpret maps and other geographic representations.



SS.GOV.1.02
Use primary and secondary sources to develop a credible interpretation of an event in U.S. history, evaluate its meaning, and use historical questions.
Using Political Cartoons
This website offers a simple and concise guide on how to utilize political cartoons as a primary source document.

For additional resources related to this standard, check out the "Useful Resources" tab of the website.


SS.GOV.1.03
Compare competing historical narratives to demonstrate how factors such as question, choice, and point of view contribute to different interpretations.



Civics and Government

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SS.GOV.2.04
Evaluate the purpose and function of law, civic life, politics, and governments.

//The Leviathan// by Thomas Hobbes
I recommend Chapters 13, 14, 21, 26. It may be a little dense at times, but there are plenty of small snippets you can grab for your students.

//The Second Treatise of Civil Government// by John Locke
Chapters 8, 9, or 10 all offer good basic information to address this standard.

SS.GOV.2.05
Analyze how the rule of law can be used to protect the rights of individuals and to promote the common good.
The American Civil Liberties Union:
The ACLU is a good resource for current events in the arena of law and the rule of law. You can also find special sections that they create for students from time to time.

The United Nations and the Rule of Law:
This website is a good resource to look at how the "rule of law" is applied on an international scale to both protect rights and/or promote the common good.
//The Rule of Law// by Dr. Mark Coray

This is from a book specific to his analysis on Australia, however, he does a thorough job looking at generic political concepts like rule of law, or government supremacy. You may be able to address additional standards with this text.

SS.GOV.2.06
Identify examples of torts, misdemeanors, felonies, and types of binding contracts.



SS.GOV.2.07
Illustrate the Kansas court structure.
An illustration of the Kansas court structure:

The Educational Outreach Center of the Kansas Judicial Branch:

The findlaw.com link to judicial decisions in the state of Kansas:


SS.GOV.2.08
Analyze civic values of the American political tradition as expressed in historic documents and important court cases and how these values conflict.
The Being an American Essay Contest--Sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute:

This websites offers famous quotations surrounding what they believe are important civic values. You can also find information for their essay contest that your students could compete in.
The Federalist Papers

//The Anti-Federalist Papers//:

//Civil Disobedience// by Henry David Thoreau

SS.GOV.2.09
Summarize the purpose, organization, and function of the three branches of government.
A Thinkquest Exploration of the Three Branches of Government

A Great website for students to read base-level information on the three branches and take an attached quiz.

The Three Ring Government--School House Rock


SS.GOV.2.10
Analyze the impact of constitutional powers (expressed, enumerated, implied, inherent, reserved, concurrent) and the potential for amendment that has preserved the Constitution's sustainability.



SS.GOV.2.11
Analyze the civic responsibilities of American citizens.



SS.GOV.2.12
Summarize the purpose and function of political parties and their influence on society.



SS.GOV.2.13
Explain how public policy is formed and carried out at local, state, and national levels.



SS.GOV.2.14
Analyze the policies, actions, and issues affecting the legal and political rights of individuals.



SS.GOV.2.15
Analyze the structure of international relations both regional and world-wide.



SS.GOV.2.16
Summarize the purpose and function of multinational organizations and the changing roles of the U.S. government in the international community.



SS.GOV.2.17
Evaluate the use of various strategies in carrying out U.S. foreign policy.



Economics Strand

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SS.GOV.3.18
Explain the duties of an agency that develops government fiscal policy.



SS.GOV.3.19
Explain why goods and services are provided by the government.



SS.GOV.3.20
Distinguish between government debt and budget deficit.



Geography Strand

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SS.GOV.4.21
Evaluate the history, perceptions, and cultural identities of regions.
The 10 Political Regions of America:

I am aware that this is a blog post that some of you may be unhappy with, however, this is based on a Boston Globe article that divided the United States into 10 political regions based on the 2000 Presidential Election.
Electoral Maps:

This link will give you access to the electoral maps from the last ten Presidential elections. You could use these maps to analyze political regions over time based on party affiliation.

History Strand

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SS.GOV.5.22
Explain the historical context of the development of the U.S. Constitution and the Kansas Constitution.
The U.S. Constitution and Development:

This website from the national archives offers insight to the development of all portions of the United States Constitution.

Territorial Kansas lesson plans:

This website offers lesson plans and other activities (that may skew a little young) that will help offer historical context to the development of Kansas' Constitution.
//The United States Constitution//:

The Federalist Papers:

//The Anti-Federalist Papers//:

The Kansas Constitution:

SS.GOV.5.23
Summarize the history of the federal court system.



SS.GOV.5.24
Identify key court cases that have affected U.S. government policy.

Marbury v. Madison

McCulloch v. Maryland

Dred Scott v. Sanford

Plessy v. Ferguson

Brown v. Board of Education