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SS.7.C.4.1 - Understanding U.S. Domestic & Foreign Policy

Reporting Category 1: Origins and Purposes of Law and Government

Reporting Category 1: General

Enlightenment Ideas: SS.7.C.1.1

Impact of Key Documents: SS.7.C.1.2

English Policies: SS.7.C.1.3

Declaration of Independence: SS.7.C.1.4

Articles of Confederation: SS.7.C.1.5

Preamble of the Constitution: SS.7.C.1.6

Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances: SS.7.C.1.7

Federalists and Anti-Federalists: SS.7.C.1.8

Rule of Law: SS.7.C.1.9

Sources & Types of Laws: SS.7.C.3.10

Reporting Category 2: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities of Citizens

Reporting Category 2: General

Citizenship: SS.7.C.2.1

Obligations of Citizens: SS.7.C.2.2

Bill of Rights & Other Amendments: SS.7.C.2.4

Constitutional Safeguards & Limits: SS.7.C.2.5

Constitutional Rights: SS.7.C.3.6

13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, & 26th Amendments: SS.7.C.3.7

Landmark Supreme Court Cases: SS.7.C.3.12

Reporting Category 3: Government Policies and Political Processes

Reporting Category 3: General

Political Parties: SS.7.C.2.8

Qualifications for Political Office: SS.7.C.2.9

Monitoring & Influencing Government: SS.7.C.2.10

Media & Political Communications: SS.7.C.2.11

Public Policy: SS.7.C.2.12

Multiple Perspectives: SS.7.C.2.13

U.S. Domestic & Foreign Policy: SS.7.C.4.1

Participation in International Organizations: SS.7.C.4.2

U.S. & International Conflicts: SS.7.C.4.3

Reporting Category 4: Organization and Function of Government

Reporting Category 4: General

Forms of Government: SS.7.C.3.1

Systems of Government: SS.7.C.3.2

Three Branches of Government: SS.7.C.3.3

Federalism: SS.7.C.3.4

Amendment Process: SS.7.C.3.5

Structure, Function, & Processes of Government: SS.7.C.3.8

Court System: SS.7.C.3.11

United States & Florida Constitutions: SS.7.C.3.13

Government Obligations & Services: SS.7.C.3.14

What You Need to Know:

Student Reading Review for SS.7.C.4.1

Differentiate concepts related to U.S. domestic and foreign policy.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will recognize the difference between domestic and foreign policy. Read more!
  • Students will identify issues that relate to U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Read more!
  • Students will analyze the domestic implications of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Read more!
  • Students will identify the goals and objectives of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Read more!
  • Students will recognize the role of the U.S. State Department in foreign affairs. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

What is a responsibility of the U.S. Senate in foreign policy?

A. nominating ambassadors

B. introducing tax bills

C. negotiating treaties

D. ratifying treaties

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Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

Which action is an example of a foreign-policy decision?

A. Congress increased providing support to newly arrived immigrants.

B. The president requested a law to regulate pollution near international borders.

C. Congress raised educational standards to make students competitive in a global market.

D. The president signed an executive order restoring relations with a communist government.

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Example Three (High Complexity)

Below is a graph about high school graduation rates in the United States.

C41 High

Which long term domestic policy goal is reflected in the graph?

A. career preparation

B. physical fitness

C. racial equality

D. public safety

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C.4.1 - Vocabulary


FLDOE Civics Tutorials

courtesy of FL Department of Education


Discovery Education


  • Foreign Policy and the Presidential Veto (total length 2:09, stop at 1:21) from Just the Facts: Understanding Government: The Executive Branch (recommended for classroom use)

Civics on Demand

Additional Resource

Textbook Review


Chapter 6, Section 2 & 3 - p. 164-170

Chapter 22, Section 1 & 2 - p. 584-596

Chapter 23 - p. 608-624