Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
National Council for the Social Studies
Theme I: Culture
- Standard B- The student explains how information and experiences may be interpreted by people from diverse cultural perspectives and frames of reference.
- Standard D- The student explains why individuals and groups respond differently to their physical and social environments and/or changes to them on the basis of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs.
Theme III: People, Places, and Environments
- Standard G- The student describes how people create places that reflect cultural values and ideas as they build neighborhoods, parks, shopping centers, and the like.
Theme IV: Identity Development and Identity
- Standard A- The student relates personal changes to cultural, social, and historical contexts.
- Standard B-The student describes personal connections to place—associated with community, nation, and world.
- Standard D- The student relates such factors as physical endowment and capabilities, learning, motivation, personality, perception, and behavior to individual development.
- Standard E- The student identifies and describes ways regional, ethnic, and national cultures influence individuals' daily lives.
Theme V: Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
- Standard B- The student analyzes group and institutional influences on people, events, and elements of culture.
- Standard E- The student identifies and describes examples of tensions between belief systems and government policies and laws.
- Standard F- The student describes the role of institutions in furthering both continuity and change.
Theme VI: Power, Authority, and Governance
- Standard D- The student describes the ways nations and organizations respond to forces of unity and diversity affecting order and security.
- Standard F- The student explains conditions, actions, and motivations that contribute to conflict and cooperation within and among nations.
- Standard H- The student explains and applies concepts such as power, role, status, justice, and influence to the examination of persistent issues and social problems.
Theme VII: Production, Distribution, and Consumption
- Standard F- The student explains and illustrates how values and beliefs influence different economic decisions.
Theme IX: Global Connections
- Standard B- The student analyzes examples of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among groups, societies, and nations.
Theme X: Civic Ideals and Practices
- Standard E- The student explains and analyzes various forms of citizen action that influence public policy decisions.
- Standard F- The student identifies and explains the roles of formal and informal political actors in influencing and shaping public policy and decision-making.
- Standard H- The student analyzes the effectiveness of selected public policies and citizen behaviors in realizing the stated ideals of a democratic republican form of government.