Social Studies - 2018-19

3.13 - American Diversity and Government

The student will recognize that Americans are a people of diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions and are united by the basic principles of a republican form of government and respect for individual rights and freedoms.

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

  • So that I know people from different cultures develop different values and ways of thinking about their experiences
  • So that I know that Americans are made up of people from many different cultures and ethnic groups
  • So that together Americans support the basic principles of our government


UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

The American people come from diverse ethnic and national origins and are united as Americans by basic American principles.

Being an American is defined by sharing the basic principles of the republican form of government.

There are many ways that people can serve their community, state, and nation.


ESSENTIALS

Term to know

  • republican form of government: A representative democracy

The American people have different ethnic origins and come from different countries but are united as Americans by the basic principles of a republican form of government, including the individual rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as well as equality under the law.

Benefits of diversity

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Music

Some of the ways that people can serve their community, state, and nation include

  • being a volunteer
  • getting involved in community projects
  • serving as a government official
  • joining the military
  • voting.

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 18, 2018