New Jersey Student Learning Standards
NJ.SS.6.1.4. U.S. History: America in the World: All students will acquire the knowledge and skills to think analytically about how past and present interactions of people, cultures, and the environment shape the American heritage. Such knowledge and skills enable students to make informed decisions that reflect fundamental rights and core democratic values as productive citizens in local, national, and global communities.
6.1.4.A. Civics, Government, and Human Rights
The examination of individual experiences, historical narratives, and events promotes an understanding of individual and community responses to the violation of fundamental rights.
6.1.4.A.9. Compare and contrast responses of individuals and groups, past and present, to violations of fundamental rights (e.g., fairness, civil rights, human rights).
6.1.4.A.10. Describe how the actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and other civil rights leaders served as catalysts for social change and inspired social activism in subsequent generations.
6.1.4.C. Economics, Innovation, and Technology
Creativity and innovation have led to improvements in lifestyle, access to information, and the creation of new products.
6.1.4.C.16. Explain how creativity and innovation resulted in scientific achievement and inventions in many cultures during different historical periods.
6.1.4.D. History, Culture, and Perspectives
Key historical events, documents, and individuals led to the development of our nation.
6.1.4.D.4. Explain how key events led to the creation of the United States and the state of New Jersey.
6.1.4.D.5. Relate key historical documents (i.e., the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights) to present day government and citizenship.
6.1.4.D.6. Describe the civic leadership qualities and historical contributions of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin toward the development of the United States government.
6.1.4.D.9. Explain the impact of trans-Atlantic slavery on New Jersey, the nation, and individuals.
The study of American folklore and popular historical figures enables Americans with diverse cultural backgrounds to feel connected to a national heritage.
6.1.4.D.12. Explain how folklore and the actions of famous historical and fictional characters from New Jersey and other regions of the United States contributed to the American national heritage.
American culture, based on specific traditions and values, has been influenced by the behaviors of different cultural groups living in the United States.
6.1.4.D.14. Trace how the American identity evolved over time.