District Assessment Connection for South Dakota Core Standards
Sheltered Government
K-12.C.1- Students will explain, compare and contrast, and analyze the historical principles and philosophical purposes and various forms of government. Test Questions
9-12.C.1.1- Rationalize the purposes of government throughout world history through the use of compelling questions. 1, 5, 6, 7
K-12.C.2- Students will explain the historical impact of primary founding documents including but not limited to, the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, the US Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments. Test Questions
9-12.C.2.5- Explain the construction of the US Constitution as a bundle of compromises reflecting differing points of view. 3, 30, 31, 32, 33
K-12.C.3- Students will explain how the Constitution organizes the government of the US. Test Questions
9-12.C.3.1- Evaluate the effectiveness of the separation of powers and the role of checks and balances. 4, 28, 34, 41, 42
9-12.C.3.3- Make arguments for and against the use of the Electoral College given its intended purpose. 35, 43, 44, 45
9-12.C.3.4- Cite historical evidence justifying the power of judicial review. 46, 47, 48, 50
K-12.C.4- Students will understand the fundamental principles of America’s democratic republic and the US Constitution and the inherent conflicts that may arise. Test Questions
9-12.C.4.2- Summarize the general principles of American democracy such as the fundamental worth of the individual, equality of all persons, majority rule/minority rights, necessity of compromise, and individual freedom in light of the purpose of government. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 29
9-12.C.4.3 Summarize the constitutional principles of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, judicial review, and federalism 2, 8, 9, 10, 16, 37, 38, 39, 40
K-12.C.5- Students will understand the ways in which a citizen can use their basic rights to influence the decisions of the republic. Test Questions
9-12.C.5.3- Explain how democracy relies upon responsible participation of its citizens and identify ways a citizen can effectively participate. 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 36, 49


Multiple Choice: 50 points
Essay: 10 points
Overall: 60 points