Social Studies: Utah Government
There are purposes and roles of representative government. People are elected in this nation to represent the views of other people. There are rights people have within this government. There are multiple functions and services of government. Community members have rights, and with those rights come responsibilities. For a community to function effectively, community members must understand and accept those responsibilities. Recognizing and considering the viewpoints of others is essential in a community.
Standard III: Students will understand the principles of civic responsibility in classroom, community, and country.
Objective 1: Describe the rights and responsibilities inherent in being a contributing member of a community.
- Identify how these rights and responsibilities are reflected in the patriotic symbols and traditions of the United States (i.e. Pledge of Allegiance, flag etiquette).
- List the responsibilities community members have to one another.
- Identify why these responsibilities are important for a functioning community (e.g. voting, jury duty, taxpaying, obedience to laws).
Objective 2: Identify ways community needs are met by government.
- Differentiate between personal and community needs.
- Identify roles of representative government (e.g. make laws, maintain order, levy taxes, provide public services).
- Research community needs and the role government serves in meeting those needs.
Objective 3: Apply principles of civic responsibility.
- Engage in meaningful dialogue about the community and current events within the classroom, school, and local community.
- Identify and consider the diverse viewpoints of the people who comprise a community.
- Demonstrate respect for the opinions, backgrounds, and cultures of others.