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Sixth Grade Civics

INTRODUCTION

The Indiana Bar Foundation is excited be a support and resource for educators who are or preparing to teach the new sixth grade civics class, now required for Indiana middle schools starting in the 2023-2024 school year with the passage of House Bill 1384 during the 2021 Indiana General Assembly session.

USING WE THE PEOPLE

At the heart of the We the People program are academically rigorous inquiry questions.  Students get a chance to research topics on constitutional This is done in the format of a simulated legislative hearing.

Using We the People

  1. Students will work through the questions in small groups (3-5 students) to fully answer the question.
  2. The student panel then verbally presents their answer to the teacher (or another evaluating person or panel). Typically, there is a time limit to do this, typically four minutes.
  3. Once the student panel finishes, the teacher or evaluating person/panel will ask follow up questions to further probe the students’ knowledge and understanding. The follow up question period can last either a set amount of time (typically six minutes) or a set number of questions (typically 3 or 4 follow up questions).

 

See this one-page flyer to better understand the process of the We the People hearing

 

WE THE PEOPLE INQUIRY QUESTIONS

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The following are We the People-style, inquiry questions that teachers can use in their classrooms as an academically rigorous assessment tool to help students show their knowledge of constitutional application, history, evolution, and philosophies.  All questions are aligned directly to the Indiana Academic Standards for Sixth Grade Civics.

 

Our Founders were inspired by the governments of the Ancient Greeks and Romans.  Were the early governments of Greece and Rome successful?

 

Many English government philosophies were carried over to the newly formed American government.  How did limits on the English monarch affect the shaping of the American government?

 

The U.S. Constitution begins with a preamble explaining the purpose of the Constitution and government.  What is the purpose of government?

 

American government has power split among three branches of government.  Why was it important to have the powers distributed in this fashion?

 

The First Amendment states that laws shall not be passed that abridge the freedom of speech.  Is freedom of speech the most important right protected in the first amendment?  Why or why not?

 

Being a citizen gives people rights and responsibilities.  What are the differences between rights and responsibilities?

STANDARDS & STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

Indiana Academic Standards for Sixth Grade Civics www.in.gov/doe/files/Proposed-Grade-6-Civics-Standards.pdf

Alignment of the We the People program to the Sixth Grade Civics Standards www.inbarfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/WTP-Standards-Alignment-MS-Civics-Class.pdf

Middle School Civics Standard 1

Presenter: Sue Leeson

Topic: How did the Greek and Roman thought influence at least some of the Founders? 

Video Link  (7:06 Long)

Middle School Civics Standard 2

Presenter: Sue Leeson

Topic: How did the Greek and Roman thought influence at least some of the Founders?

Video Link (7:06 Long)

SIXTH GRADE CIVICS INQUIRY-BASED ASSESSMENTS

Theme: Foundations of Government

Standards 6.1 and 6.2

Sixth Grade Civic Class Inquiry-Based Assessment can be found here.

Theme: Foundation of Government

Standard 6.3

Sixth Grade Civic Class Inquiry-Based Assessment can be found here.

Theme: Foundations of Government

Standard 6.4

Sixth Grade Civic Class Inquiry-Based Assessment can be found here.

Theme: Foundations of Government

Standard 6.4

Sixth Grade Civic Class Inquiry-Based Assessment can be found here.

Theme: Foundations of Government, Function of Government

Standards 6.6 and 6.14

Sixth Grade Civic Class Inquiry-Based Assessment Questions can be found here.

Theme: Foundations of Government

Standard 6.7

Sixth Grade Civics Class Inquiry-Based Assessment Questions can be found here.

Theme: Role of Citizens

Standard 6.21

Sixth Grade Civic Class Inquiry-Based Assessment Questions can be found here.