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posted Aug 30, 2012, 5:42 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Aug 30, 2012, 5:45 AM ]

What are the STANDARDS in Standards Based Grading (SBG)

Grades in American Government are based on your ability to show how well you meet the following Social Studies standards. Each STRAND is followed by three or four Standards that you will be asked to meet in various summative assessments. Your job is to show how well you have met each standard each time you submit an assignment. Students will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their skills in each standard, and will always have opportunities to re-do and re-submit assessments.


1.1 Understand key ideals and principles of the United States, including those in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other fundamental documents.

1.2 Understand the purposes, organization, and function of governments, laws, and political systems.  

1.3 Understand the purposes and organization of international relationships and U.S. foreign policy.  

1.4 Understand civic involvement.


5.1 Use critical reasoning skills to analyze and evaluate positions.  

5.2 Use inquiry-based research.  

5.3 Deliberate public issues.  

5.4 Create a product that uses social studies content to support a thesis and presents the product in an appropriate manner to a meaningful audience.


3.1 Develops ideas and organizes writing

3.2 Uses appropriate style

3.3 Knows and applies writing conventions appropriate for the grade level.

3.3.2. Spells accurately in final draft.

3.3.3. Applies capitalization rules.

3.3.4. Applies punctuation rules.

3.3.5. Applies usage rules.

3.3.6. Uses complete sentences in writing.

3.3.7. Applies paragraph conventions.

3.3.8. Applies conventional forms for citations.

More details about these standards are available online at Washington State's OSPI Website (

HOMEWORK: Read Ch 13.1 (315-321) and answer questions 2-5 (complete sentences, with page # citations)