M/J Civics and Digital Technologies   (#2106029)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

Version Description

Civic education is essential in the development of informed citizenry who are equipped to participate in civic life and preserve a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. The Civics and Government (CG) standards in this class were revised in 2021 as a result of the House Bill (2019) civics standards review and reflect the following priorities for K-12 Civics and Government teaching and learning in Florida schools.  

  • Students study primary source documents to understand the philosophical underpinnings of the American Republic and the root cause of American exceptionalism. 
  • Students compare the success of the United States and the success or failure of other nations’ governing philosophies to evaluate their past, present and likely future effects. 
  • Students have a sense of civic pride and participate regularly in all levels of government. 
  • Students reflect upon United States civic history, so they understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens, including the process of advocating properly with government officials. 

General Notes

The primary content for the course pertains to the principles, functions, and organization of government; the origins of the American political system; the roles, rights, responsibilities of United States citizens; and methods of active participation in our political system. The course is embedded with strong geographic and economic components to support civic education instruction.

Digital Technologies
- The digital curriculum required by Section 1003.4203 (3), Florida Statutes, has been integrated into this course. Listed below are the competencies that must be met to satisfy the requirements of (Section 1003.4203 (3), Florida Statutes):

Multimedia Technologies
01.0 Demonstrate proficiency in using presentation software and equipment.

01.01 Produce a presentation that includes music, animation, and digital photography and present it using a projection system.
01.02 Using presentation software, create a multimedia presentation that incorporates shot and edited video, animation, music, narration and adheres to good design principles, use of transitions, and effective message conveyance.
01.03 Collaborate with team members to plan, edit, evaluate, and present a multimedia presentation where individuals on the team function in specific production roles.

02.0 Demonstrate proficiency in using digital photography and digital imaging.

02.01 Demonstrate knowledge of ethics related to digital imaging, and legal and consent issues.
02.02 Apply effective design principles in digital photography compositions.
02.03 Illustrate the essence of an event, quote, or slogan through digital photography/imaging.
02.04 Demonstrate skill in using digital imaging software for image manipulation, color correction, and special effects to creatively convey a message or literary interpretation.
02.05 Demonstrate skill in scanning and cropping photographs.

03.0 Demonstrate proficiency in basic video production equipment.

03.01 Operate video camera (e.g., Flip video camera) in studio and location (field) production environments.
03.02 Demonstrate understanding of digital video storage media and file types.
03.03 Identify and select microphones for production needs.
03.04 Determine appropriate lighting needs for production settings.
03.05 Create a short video for publishing on the web.

04.0 Demonstrate skill in using video production software.

04.01 Demonstrate knowledge of the digital video software interface.
04.02 Demonstrate ability to edit, cut, erase, and insert video.
04.03 Edit video as needed to achieve desired message and length.
04.04 Demonstrate skill in using video effects and plug-ins.
04.05 Describe a first complete run-through of the video production process
04.06 Characterize the qualities of effective communication in a completed video
04.07 Prepare a video project for final compositing and export.
04.08 Upload finished video files to a website.

05.0 Demonstrate proficiency gathering and preparing textual, graphical, and image-based web content.

05.01 Characterize effective writing styles and conventions for the web.
05.02 Use word processing software to create effective written content for the web.
05.03 Use graphics software to create and prepare various types of graphical content for use on a webpage.
05.04 Access and digitize graphics through various resources (e.g., scanner, digital cameras, on-line graphics, clip art, CD-ROMs).
05.05 Create and edit images using image or graphic design software.

Special Notes:
Additional content that may be included in the Grade 8 NAEP Civics assessment includes:

  • Distinctive characteristics of American society
  • Unity/diversity in American society
  • Civil society: nongovernmental associations, groups
  • Nation-states
  • Interaction among nation-states
  • Major governmental, nongovernmental international organizations

The NAEP frameworks for Civics may be accessed at http://www.nagb.org/publications/frameworks/civicsframework.pdf

Instructional Practices
Teaching from well-written, grade-level instructional materials enhances students' content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any reason. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning:

  1. Reading assignments from longer text passages as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
  2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
  3. Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
  4. Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
  5. Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards
This course includes Florida’s B.E.S.T. ELA Expectations (EE) and Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning Standards (MTRs) for students. Florida educators should intentionally embed these standards within the content and their instruction as applicable. For guidance on the implementation of the EEs and MTRs, please visit https://www.cpalms.org/Standards/BEST_Standards.aspx and select the appropriate B.E.S.T. Standards package.

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Social Studies. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL's need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: https://cpalmsmediaprod.blob.core.windows.net/uploads/docs/standards/eld/ss.pdf

Additional Instructional Resources:
A.V.E. for Success Collection is provided by the Florida Association of School Administrators: http://www.fasa.net/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=139. Please be aware that these resources have not been reviewed by CPALMS and there may be a charge for the use of some of them in this collection.

General Information

Course Number: 2106029
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: M/J CIV & DIG TECH
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Attributes:
  • Class Size Core Required
Course Level: 2
Course Status: Draft - Course Pending Approval
Grade Level(s): 6,7,8

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

All About the Electoral College: Part 2:

In this interactive 2-part tutorial series, you'll learn ALL about the Electoral College, the often-confusing mechanism used for picking the President of the United States.  

This is part 2 in a two-part series. Click HERE to open Part 1.

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All About the Electoral College: Part 1:

In this 2-part interactive tutorial series, you'll learn ALL about the Electoral College, the often-confusing mechanism used for picking the President of the United States.  

This is part 1 in a two-part series. Click HERE to open Part 2.

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All About Impeachment: Part 2:

In Part 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn about the impeachment process detailed in the U.S. Constitution, including what it is, who can be impeached, why someone would be impeached, and some famous examples of impeachment in action.   

This is Part 2 in a two-part series. Click HERE to open Part 1.


Type: Original Student Tutorial

All About Impeachment: Part 1:

In Part 1 of this interactive tutorial series, learn about the impeachment process detailed in the U.S. Constitution, including what it is, who can be impeached, why someone would be impeached, and a bit about the process.  


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Interpreting Political Propaganda:

In this interactive tutorial, unlock the language of propaganda and learn about bias and symbolism in political propaganda.

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Judicial Review: Brought to You by Marbury v. Madison:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the famous Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison, which established the principle of judicial review.  You'll examine the details of the case and its important legacy in American history.  

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Evaluating Constitutional Rights:

In this interactive tutorial, explore several landmark cases of the Supreme Court to see how the Court's decisions have impacted the rights of individuals and society throughout American history.

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Exploring The First Amendment:

In this interactive tutorial hosted by "Bill" O. Rights, learn in great detail about the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.

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Federal Government: The Three Branches in Action :

In this interactive tutorial, you'll examine the powers and workings of the three branches of our federal government.  You'll learn what Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court really do.  Enjoy!

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We Have Three Governments?:

In this interactive tutorial, explore the impact of federal, state, and local governments on your daily life.   

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Sunshine State Government:

In this interactive tutorial, explore the state government of Florida and learn how its three branches are modeled after those in the federal government.

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Influencing Government:

In this interactive tutorial, you'll identify the impacts of individuals, interest groups, and the media on monitoring and influencing the government of the United States.

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Constitutional Amendments: The Expansion of Democracy :

In this interactive tutorial, learn about six important amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  These amendments ended slavery, ensured equal rights for all citizens, and guaranteed voting rights to women, African Americans, and other minority groups.  

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Understanding Rule of Law:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about one of the most important principles in American democracy: rule of law.  You'll explore this important concept and learn about its application to a famous Supreme Court decision: United States v. Nixon.  

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Election Time in Tutorial Town:

In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn about the election process, register to vote, and participate in a mock election to pick the mayor of Tutorial Town! 


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Evaluate the Candidates: Who Will You Choose? :

In this interactive tutorial, learn how to evaluate candidates running for political office. You'll play the role of a voter choosing between two candidates running for mayor of your town!


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Show Your Citizenship!:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of American citizenship.

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The Great Debate: Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists:

In this interactive tutorial, you'll compare the viewpoints of the two groups on opposite sides of the great debate over ratifying the U.S. Constitution: Federalists and Anti-Federalists.  

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Know Your Rights: Examining the Bill of Rights:

In this interactive tutorial, analyze all 10 Amendments that make up the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution.  You'll learn not only about the rights and freedoms guaranteed by each, but also the limits of those rights.  

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Finding Civic Solutions:

This interactive tutorial will help you answer the questions: What can individuals do on their own to make change? When can your government help you?  To which government can you turn?  Learn about responsible citizenship and how you might make positive changes in your own community. 

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What's Law Got to Do with It?:

In this interactive tutorial, explore the sources and types of laws in the American legal system.

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Comparing Constitutions: Florida vs. the United States:

In this interactive tutorial, explore the similarities and differences between the federal Constitution of the United States and the state Constitution of Florida.  You'll also learn about our system of federalism and how it is expressed in these Constitutions.  

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International Conflicts: 1914-1975:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about 4 international conflicts in which the United States was involved between 1914 and 1975: World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  For each conflict, you'll learn how and why the U.S. became involved and what the outcome was.

Click HERE to open the companion tutorial, "International Conflicts: 1961 to Present."

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Britain vs. America: What Led to the Declaration of Independence:

In this interactive tutorial, learn why Great Britain and her 13 American colonies split between 1763 and 1776.  At the end of this time span, Britain and America were at war, and the Declaration of Independence had announced the United States of America as a brand new nation, no longer colonies of Britain.  

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"Do You Have an Eraser?" Amending the Constitution:

This interactive tutorial teaches you all about the process of amending (changing) the United States Constitution.  

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Analyzing the Declaration of Independence :

In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn how to analyze the ideas, grievances (complaints), and language found in the Declaration of Independence, one of the most important documents in the history of the United States.

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Journey Through Justice: Our Federal Courts:

Learn about the different levels of our federal judicial system, from federal district courts all the way up to the one and only Supreme Court.  In this interactive tutorial, you'll also learn about the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines, which set an important precedent for students' right to free speech in schools.

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The Supreme Court and Equal Rights: Two Famous Cases:

In this interactive tutorial, learn how the decisions of the United States Supreme Court have affected the equal rights of Americans.  You'll learn the outcomes and impacts of two famous cases: Plessy vs. Ferguson and Brown vs. Board of Education.

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From Confederation to Constitution:

Learn about the Articles of Confederation, our nation’s first written constitution, in this interactive tutorial.  You'll identify its major weaknesses and their consequences and explain the reasons why America's Founders replaced the Articles of Confederation with the government we still use today, the U.S. Constitution.  

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Colonists: What Were They Thinking?:

Learn how several famous documents influenced the views of American colonists when they sought their independence from Great Britain and formed their own government. In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn about the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, the Mayflower Compact, and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.

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How Are Laws Made?:

In this interactive tutorial, learn how a bill becomes a law. You will see how bills (ideas for laws) are passed by Congress and signed into law by the president, and you'll learn how all three branches of government play a role in determining the laws of our land.

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Parent Resources

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