Social Studies Standards
Michigan Social Studies Standards as of June 2019.
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Identify and describe the purposes, organization, powers, processes, and election of the legislative branch as enumerated in Article I of the Constitution.
Identify and describe the purposes, organization, powers, processes, and election of the executive branch as enumerated in Article II of the Constitution.
Identify and describe the purposes, organization, powers, processes, and appointment or election of the judicial branch as enumerated in Article III of the Constitution and as established in Marbury v. Madison.
Examine and evaluate the effectiveness the role of separation of powers and checks and balances in regard to the distribution of power and authority between the three branches of government.
Analyze the various levels and responsibilities in the federal and state judicial systems and explain the relationships among them.
Evaluate major sources of revenue and major expenditures of the federal government.
Identify and explain how Supreme Court decisions and provisions in the U.S. Constitution have impacted the power of the federal government.
Describe limits the U.S. Constitution places on powers of the states and on the federal government’s power over the states.
Explain interactions and tensions among federal, state, and local governments using the necessary and proper clause, the Commerce Clause, and the Tenth Amendment.
Describe how state, local, and tribal governments are organized, their major responsibilities, and how they affect the lives of people residing in their jurisdiction(s).