Social Studies - 2018-19

3.12 - Purpose of Government

The student will recognize the importance of government in the community, Virginia, and the United States of America by

a) explaining the purpose of laws;

b) explaining that the basic purposes of government are to make laws, carry out laws, and decide if laws have been broken; and

c) explaining that government protects the rights and property of individuals.


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

  • So that I can understand that government protects the rights and property of individuals
  • So that I know that in the United States there is a local (community) government, a state government, and a national government
  • So that I can understand that laws are like rules at school.  Rules are set to protect the learning environment where laws are set to protect the rights and property of others.

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Government protects the rights and property of individuals.

Government exists at the local (community), state (Virginia), and national (United States) levels.


ESSENTIALS

Terms to know

  • community: A place where people live, work, and play
  • laws: Important rules written and carried out by government
  • government: A group of people that makes laws, carries out laws, and decides if laws have been broken

The purpose of laws is to keep people safe and maintain order.

The purposes of government are to make laws, carry out laws, and decide if laws have been broken.

Governments are necessary because they develop laws and protect the rights and property of individuals.

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 29, 2018