Understand the purpose, roles, and responsibilities of state and federal government.
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Distinguish among the three branches of government and their roles at local, county, state, and national levels.
Explain how and why the state government makes, carries out, and enforces laws.
Explain the responsibilities of state government to protect, educate, and maintain the public welfare of its citizens (e.g., responding to natural disasters).
Demonstrate and analyze spatial and ecological perspectives in life situations (e.g., locating waste disposal in the community, organizing a recycling drive, etc.).