CONTACT CCSD21

999 West Dundee Road
Wheeling, Illinois 60090

Phone: 847-537-8270

Superintendent: Dr. Michael Connolly

School Board & Administration


thinkpad_touch

VISIT A SCHOOL

CCSD21 is a school district comprised of 13 schools across 6 different communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

VIEW BOUNDARY MAP

BECOME A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT 21 TEAM

School District 21 prides itself on its Professional Learning Community and its rich tradition of professional collaboration, high levels of professional development, and family-like atmosphere. If you see the opportunity to work with colleagues in making a difference in the lives of students and families in a truly diverse setting, School District 21 seeks your application.

Learn More

|

Eighth Grade

Individal Need vs. The Common Good

Essential Understandings, Power Standards, and Guiding Questions

Essential Understanding: Patterns and models provide organization for interpreting and predicting events and issues. (Note: Patterns are “discovered” in events over time. Models are “built” or “constructed” purposefully.)

  • Power Standards
    • Evaluate constitutional change and continuity over time.
    • Identify the relationship among laws, government policies and the economy and their effects on society.
    • Describe how geographic factors impact cooperation and conflict among societies.
  • Guiding Questions
    • How do historical documents and artifacts help to predict and interpret events and issues?
    • How have models influenced the growth of civilizations?
    • How have the patterns of social organizations changed over time?
    • How do humans commonly adapt to physical and social change?

 

Essential Understanding: Change creates conflict and/or adaptation.

  • Power Standards
    • Understand and apply the concepts embedded in the United States and Illinois Constitutions.
    • Evaluate constitutional change and continuity over time.
    • Analyze foreign policy as it relates to international issues, the economy and technology.
    • Identify the relationship among laws, government policies and the economy and their effects on society.
    • Analyze the consequences of discrimination past and present.
    • Describe how geographic factors impact cooperation and conflict among societies.
  • Guiding Questions
    • How do people resolve conflicts and seek to establish order and security?
    • How does economic change impact society?
    • How has technology caused change?
    • How have people adapted to, used, and changed the environment over time?

 

Essential Understanding: Democratic systems consist of interdependent parts which embody the needs, beliefs, and values of their people.

  • Power Standards
    • Understand and apply the concepts embedded in the United States and Illinois Constitutions.
    • Evaluate constitutional change and continuity over time.
    • Analyze foreign policy as it relates to international issues, the economy and technology.
    • Identify the relationship among laws, government policies and the economy and their effects on society.
    • Analyze the consequences of discrimination past and present.
    • Describe how geographic factors impact cooperation and conflict among societies.
  • Guiding Questions
    • How is political power shared in a democracy?
    • How is the U.S. government structured, maintained and changed?
    • How has the level of power exerted by the government changed over time?
    • Why is power limited?

 

Essential Understanding: People’s interactions with others and the environment affects global activity.

  • Power Standards
    • Analyze foreign policy as it relates to international issues, the economy and technology.
    • Identify the relationship among laws, government policies and the economy and their effects on society.
    • Analyze the consequences of discrimination past and present.
    • Describe how geographic factors impact cooperation and conflict among societies.
  • Guiding Questions
    • How is human activity affected by geographic factors?
    • How are geographic factors affected by human activity?
    • How are natural resources used throughout the world?
    • What are the patterns found in the use the resources?
    • How have geographic factors influenced demographic patterns?
    • Government policies and decisions impact the lives of the people and global connections?

 

Essential Understanding: Differing perspectives and interpretations among individuals, groups, and societies may lead to conflict, cooperation, and/or interdependence.

  • Power Standards
    • Understand and apply the concepts embedded in the United States and Illinois Constitutions.
    • Evaluate constitutional change and continuity over time.
    • Analyze foreign policy as it relates to international issues, the economy and technology.
    • Identify the relationship among laws, government policies and the economy and their effects on society.
    • Analyze the consequences of discrimination past and present.
    • Describe how geographic factors impact cooperation and conflict among societies.
  • Guiding Questions
    • How has the United States developed as a world political power?
    • How and why do diverse perspectives and interpretations of historical and current events and social issues vary?
    • How do states and nations resolve conflicts and seek to establish order and security?
    • Why do different political systems gain and lose power?

 

Essential Understanding: Individual citizens, groups, and media impact government.

  • Power Standards
    • Understand and apply the concepts embedded in the United States and Illinois Constitutions.
    • Evaluate constitutional change and continuity over time.
  • Guiding Questions
    • How do the rights, roles, and status of individuals relate to the general welfare?
    • How can individual rights be protected in the context of majority rule?
    • How do individuals, groups, and the media impact domestic and foreign policy?
    • How do justice, power, status, and influence impact persistent issues and social problems?

Essential Understanding: Cultural values, beliefs, and attitudes may change as a result of scientific and technological discovery.

  • Power Standards
    • Analyze foreign policy as it relates to international issues, the economy and technology.
    • Identify the relationship among laws, government policies and the economy and their effects on society.
  • Guiding Questions
    • How does the culture of a society impact technological discovery and change?
    • How do technological discovery and change impact the culture of a society?

 

Essential Understanding: Societies struggle with individual needs versus the common good.

  • Power Standards
    • Understand and apply the concepts embedded in the United States and Illinois Constitutions.
    • Evaluate constitutional change and continuity over time.
    • Analyze foreign policy as it relates to international issues, the economy and technology.
    • Identify the relationship among laws, government policies and the economy and their effects on society.
    • Analyze the consequences of discrimination past and present.
    • Describe how geographic factors impact cooperation and conflict among societies.
  • Guiding Questions
    • How does a government embody the purposes, values, and principles of its people?
    • How does government respond to unity and diversity affecting order and security?
    • What leads to conflict, cooperation and interdependence among individuals, groups, societies, and nations?
    • How does cooperation and conflict among people affect the division and control of the earth’s surface?
    • How have diverse groups and social institutions affected people and events over time?

Critical Content

CONCEPTS

Perspective and Interdependence

 

Critical Content

Democracy

  • Colonial influence and ideas reflected in Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights
  • Federalism and the development of political parties
  • Separation of power, checks and balances
  • State’s rights and the Illinois Constitution
  • U.S. legal system and landmark Supreme Court decisions
  • Rights and responsibilities of citizens and the role in democratic government

 

Alliances

  • Treaties and alliances over time and the role of the U.S.
  • Nuclear Age (weapons/power) and its impact on world order
  • Communication Age and its impact on social, political, and economic change
  • Past and present U.S. foreign policy
  • Supranational alliances: Reasons for development and change (e.g., League of Nations/United Nations, NATO, NAFTA, APEC, OPEC, EU, AU)

 

Social Action

  • Social, Political, and Economic Movements
  • Human/Civil Rights
    • Suffrage, the right to vote and the Women’s Movement
    • Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement
    • Labor (e.g., working conditions, unions, legislation)
  • Political and Social Extremism
    • Tolerance and intolerance, past and present (e.g., Holocaust, Native American Genocide, Political, Social or Religious Extremism)