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Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
National Council for the Social Studies

Thomas Jefferson's Plan for the University of Virginia: Lesson From the Lawn
relates to the following Social Studies Standards:

    Theme I: Culture

  • Standard A - The student compares similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures meet human needs and concerns.
  • Standard B - The student explains how information and experiences may be interpreted by people from diverse cultural perspectives and frames of reference.
  • Standard C - The student explains and give examples of how language, literature, the arts, architecture, other artifacts, traditions, beliefs, values, and behaviors contribute to the development and transmission of culture.
  • 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.
  • Standard E - The student articulates the implications of cultural diversity, as well as cohesion, within and across groups.

    Theme II: Time, Continuity and Change

  • Standard D - The student identifies and uses processes important to reconstructing and reinterpreting the past, such as using a variety of sources, providing, validating, and weighing evidence for claims, checking credibility of sources, and searching for causality. Standard F - The student uses knowledge of facts and concepts drawn from history, along with methods of historical inquiry, to inform decision-making about and action-taking on public issues.

    Theme III: People, Places and Environments

  • Standard A - The student elaborates mental maps of locales, regions, and the world that demonstrate understanding of relative location, direction, size, and shape.

    Theme IV: Individual Development and Identity

  • Standard B - The student describes personal connections to places associated with community, nation, and world.
  • Standard D - The student relate such factors as physical endowment and capabilities, learning, motivation, personality, perception, and behavior to individual development.
  • Standard G - The student identifies and interprets examples of stereotyping, conformity, and altruism.
  • Standard H - The student works independently and cooperatively to accomplish goals.

    Theme V: Individuals, Groups, and Institutions

  • Standard A - The student demonstrates an understanding of concepts such as role, status, and social class in describing the interactions of individuals and social groups.
  • Standard B - The student analyzes group and institutional influences on people, events, and elements of culture.
  • Standard C - The student describes the various forms institutions take and the interactions of people with institutions.
  • Standard D - The student identifies and analyzes examples of tensions between expressions of individuality and group or institutional efforts to promote social conformity.
  • 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.
  • Standard G - The student applies knowledge of how groups and institutions work to meet individual needs and promote the common good.
  • 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 VI: Power, Authority and Governance

  • Standard A - The student examines issues involving the rights, roles and status of the individual in relation to the general welfare.

    Theme IX: Global Connections

  • Standard B - The student analyze examples of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among groups, societies, and nations.
  • Standard F -The student demonstrate understanding of concerns, standards, issues, and conflicts related to universal human rights.

    Theme X: Civic Ideals and Practices

  • Standard D - The student practice forms of civic discussion and participation consistent with the ideals of citizens in a democratic republic.
  • Standard F - The student identifies and explain the roles of formal and informal political actors in influencing and shaping public policy and decision-making.
  • Standard J - The student examine strategies designed to strengthen the "common good," which consider a range of options for citizen action.

 

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