Social Studies - 2019-20

GOVT.16a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j - Thoughtful and Effective Participation in Civic Life

The student will apply social science skills to understand that in a democratic republic, thoughtful and effective participation in civic life is characterized by 

a) exercising personal character traits such as trustworthiness, responsibility, and honesty; 

b) obeying the law and paying taxes; 

c) serving as a juror; 

d) participating in the political process and voting in local, state, and national elections; 

e) performing public service; 

f) keeping informed about current issues; 

g) respecting differing opinions and the rights of others; 

h) practicing personal and fiscal responsibility; 

i) demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that foster the responsible and respectful use of digital media; and 

j) practicing patriotism. 

Adopted: 2015



Thoughtful and effective participation in civic life depends upon the exercise of good citizenship.


Characteristics of a good citizen 

 Trustworthiness and honesty 

 Courtesy 

 Respect for the rights of others 

 Responsibility 

 Accountability 

 Self-reliance 

 Respect for the law 

 Patriotism 

 Financial responsibility 

Ways to participate thoughtfully and effectively in civic life 

 Obey the law 

 Pay taxes 

 Serve as a juror 

 Register and vote 

 Perform public service 

 Keep informed 

 Respect the opinions of others 

 Practice personal and fiscal responsibility


Updated: May 17, 2017