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Pennsylvania Academic Standards

Activities related to Thomas Paine: An American Patriot and reading the newspaper, may achieve the following Pennsylvania Academic Standards:

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

1.1.5.E Acquire a reading vocabulary by identifying and correctly using words.
1.1.8.E Expand a reading vocabulary by identifying and correctly using idioms and words with literal and figurative meanings.
1.1.5.F Identify, understand the meaning of and use correctly key vocabulary from various subject areas.
1.1.8.F Understand the meaning of and apply key vocabulary across the various subject areas.
1.1.5.G Demonstrate after reading understanding and interpretations of both fiction and non-fiction text.
1.1.8.G Demonstrate after reading understanding and interpretation of both fiction and nonfiction text, including public documents.
1.1.5.H/1.1.8.H Demonstrate fluency and comprehension in reading.
1.2.5.A/1.1.8.A Read and understand essential content of informational texts and documents in all academic areas.
1.5.5.A/1.1.8.A Write with a sharp, distinct focus, identifying topic, task and audience.
1.5.5.B/1.1.8.A Write using well-developed content appropriate for the topic.
1.6.5.D./1.6.8.D Contribute to discussions.
1.6.5.E/1.6.8.E Participate in small and large group discussions and presentations.

Civics and Government
5.1.6.A. Explain the purpose of government.
5.1.9.A. Identify and explain the major arguments advanced for the necessity of government.
5.1.6.B. Explain the importance of the rule of law for the protection of individual rights and the common good in the community, state, nation and world.
5.1.9.B Describe historical examples of the importance of the rule of law.
5.1.6.C. Define the principals and ideals shaping government.
5.1.9.C. Analyze the principals and ideals that shape government.
5.1.6.E Explain the basic principles and ideals within documents of the United States government.
5.1.9.E. Analyze the basic documents shaping the government of the United States.
5.1.6.J. Describe how the government protects individual and property rights and promotes the common good.
5.1.9.J. Explain how law protects individual rights and the common good.
5.2.6.B. Explain the relationship between rights and responsibilities.
5.2.9.B. Analyze citizen’s rights and responsibilities in local, state and national government.
5.2.6.C Identify sources of conflict and disagreement and different ways conflicts can be solved.

History
8.1.6.C. Explain the fundamentals of historical interpretation.
8.1.9.C. Analyze the fundamentals of historical interpretation.
8.3.6.A Identify and explain the political and cultural contributions of individuals and groups to United States history from Beginnings to 1824.
8.3.6.B Identify and explain primary documents, material artifacts and historic sites important in United States history from Beginnings to 1824.
8.3.6.C. Explain how continuity and change has influenced United States history from Beginnings to 1824.
8.3.6.D. Identify and explain conflict and cooperation among social groups in United States history from Beginnings to 1824.


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