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					                                                 Project Citizen/
                                       Colorado State Standards Correlation
                                       Grades 9-12 Grade-level expectations
                                  by Ben Bohmfalk, Basalt High School, March 2004



                                                  The Portfolio Content:
Project Citizen     Colorado State Standards/ grade-level            Possible Assessments
Step                expectations aligned
Portfolio Part 1:   Civics 1.1: Students know and understand what    Students demonstrate their understanding of the purposes
The Problem         government is and what purpose it serves.        of government by identifying an issue that the government
                                                                     should be involved in solving.
                    Grades 9-12 expectations include:
                        explaining how purposes of government
                           impact the individual and society
                    Civics 1.2: Students know the essential          Students show that they know the limits of our government
                    characteristics of limited and unlimited         by analyzing issues and identifying some things that the
                    government.                                      government should not be involved in.

                    Grades 9-12 expectations include:
                        describing how constitutions and the rule
                          of law may limit government
Project Citizen     Colorado State Standards/ grade-level                 Possible Assessments
Step                expectations aligned
Portfolio Part 2:   Civics 2.4: Students know how public policy is        Students’ analysis of alternative policies demonstrates their
Alternative         developed at the local, state, and national levels.   understanding of the development of policy at various
Policies                                                                  levels of government.
                    Grades 9-12 expectations include:
                        analyzing a current public policy issue at
                          local, state, or national levels and
                          evaluating the alternative positions

                    Civics 2.2: Students know how power, authority,       Students evaluate the powers of state and federal
                    and responsibility are distributed, shared, and       governments as they analyze alternative policies.
                    limited through federalism as established by the
                    United States Constitution.                           Students identify the powers each level of government
                                                                          used to create policy on this issue (reserved powers,
                    Grades 9-12 expectations include:                     delegated powers, implied powers, etc.)
                        analyzing how the design of the United
                          States Constitution balances and checks to
                          prevent the abuse of power
                        developing, evaluating, and defending            Students evaluate the roles of each level of government in
                          positions on historical and contemporary        solving their chosen problem, as they analyze alternative
                          conflicts over the respective roles, balance    policies. Students could defend positions on which level of
                          of power, and responsibility between            government should hold the most responsibility for solving
                          local, state, and federal government.           this problem.
Project Citizen     Colorado State Standards/ grade-level              Possible Assessments
Step                expectations aligned
Portfolio Part 3:   Civics 2.1: Students know the organization and     Student decision on which government branches or
Policy Proposal     functions of local, state, and national            agencies should carry out suggested policy reveals their
                    governments.                                       understanding of the functions of the levels of government.

                    Grades 9-12 expectations include:                  Student opinion on which agency should implement this
                           analyzing how the organization of the      policy demonstrates their understanding of the organization
                              local, state, and national governments   of this level of government.
                              influences the formulation and
                              implementation of policy
                           explaining why states have their own       Students defend the position that their policy proposal does
                              constitutions and the relationship of    not violate the Colorado Constitution in the Constitutional
                              state constitutions to the federal       opinion form. This demonstrates their understanding of the
                              constitution                             purpose and provisions of our state constitution.
                           evaluating the tension between
                              citizens' desire for government          Students explain the costs associated with their policy in
                              services and benefits, and the costs     their proposal, and they explain why this is the best
                              associated with providing those          alternative policy.
                           describing major provisions of the
                              Colorado Constitution.
Project Citizen     Colorado State Standards/ grade-level                  Possible Assessments
Step                expectations aligned
Portfolio Part 4:   Civics 2.4: Students know how public policy is         Identification of supporters and opponents, and students’
Action Plan         developed at the local, state, and national levels.    plan for gaining widespread support for their policy, shows
                                                                           students’ understanding of the necessity of consensus
                    Grades 9-12 expectations include:                      building in public policy making.
                             evaluating the contemporary roles of
                                voters, political parties, associations,   The steps students choose to get their policy enacted
                                and groups in local, state, and national   demonstrate student understanding of the policy making
                                politics                                   process at one level of government.
                             explaining why conflicts within
                                traditional principles of representative
                                government may make agreement on
                                issues of public policy difficult
                             developing, evaluating, and defending
                                positions about the role of media and      Students develop an action plan that utilizes appropriate
                                public opinion in United States            media outlets to garner public support of their policy
                                politics                                   proposal.
                    Civics 4.4: Students know how citizens can             Students’ choice of an action plan demonstrates their
                    participate in civic life.                             degree of understanding of active citizenship and
                                                                           advocacy.
                    Grades 9-12 expectations include:
                        evaluating the effectiveness of various           Requiring students to evaluate other alternative action
                          forms of political participation                 plans would reveal student understanding of various
                        describing various ways one can exercise          methods of participation in civic life.
                          leadership and participate in public affairs
                        demonstrating understanding of strategies
                          for monitoring and influencing current           Students develop an action plan that effectively influences
                          public policy                                    current public policy.
Project Citizen   Colorado State Standards/ grade-level               Possible Assessments
Step              expectations aligned
Reflection        Civics 4.1 Students know what citizenship is        Students evaluate their learning by writing a reflection on
                                                                      their experiences. All of these grade-level expectations
                  Grades 9-12 expectations include:                   could be requirements of the reflection.
                        explaining the rights and obligations of
                              United States citizens
                        comparing and analyzing the rights and
                              responsibilities of citizens and non-
                              citizens in the United States
                        evaluating the usefulness of the following
                              characteristics of an effective citizen
                              to participate effectively in public life
                              (civic virtue, common courtesy,
                              respect for person and property, civic
                              and personal responsibility, and honest
                              and fair dealings).
                  Civics 4.2 Students know how citizens can fulfill Students evaluate their learning by writing a reflection on
                  their responsibilities for preserving the             their experiences. All of these grade-level expectations
                  constitutional republic                               could be requirements of the reflection.

                  Grades 9-12 expectations include:
                      evaluating whether and when their
                        obligations as citizens require that their
                        personal desires and interests be balanced
                        with the public good
                      evaluating what to do when individual
                        beliefs or constitutional principles are in
                        conflict
                      identifying and evaluating how the
                        characteristics of an effective citizen
                        promote the preservation of the republic
                                        Presentation and Portfolio Composition:
Project Citizen   Colorado State Standards aligned               Assessments
Step
Portfolio         Reading and Writing (R&W) 3: Students          See portfolio rubrics, especially section on “clarity.”
Composition       write and speak using conventional
                  grammar, usage, sentence structure,
                  punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.


Portfolio         R&W 1: Students read and understand a          Summaries of articles demonstrate depth of understanding of
Documentation     variety of materials                           multiple sources
Section
                  R&W 5: Students read to locate, select, and    Diversity of student sources demonstrates student mastery of this
                  make use of relevant information from a        standard.
                  variety of media, reference, and
                  technological sources.                         Accuracy of bibliography and organization of sources show depth
                                                                 of student proficiency.


The Oral          R&W 2: Students write and speak for a          See Oral Presentation rubrics
Presentation      variety of purposes and audiences


Reflection        R&W 4: Students apply thinking skills to       See questions on page 35 in Student Text
                  their reading, writing, speaking, listening,
                  and viewing.

				
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