National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS)
TIME, CONTINUITY, AND CHANGE
SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAMS SHOULD INCLUDE EXPERIENCES THAT PROVIDE FOR THE STUDY OF THE PAST AND ITS LEGACY.
KNOWLEDGE - Learners will understand:
Key people, events, and places associated with the history of the community, nation, and world.
PROCESSES - Learners will be able to:
Ask and find answers to questions related to the past in school, community, state and regional contexts.
INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT AND IDENTITY
SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAMS SHOULD INCLUDE EXPERIENCES THAT PROVIDE FOR THE STUDY OF INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT AND IDENTITY.
PRODUCTS - Learners demonstrate understanding by:
Studying important people in the community and nation, at the present time or in the past, to list qualities that make them special.
National Standards for Civics and Government (NSCG)
What are the Basic Values and Principles of American Democracy? Why is it important for Americans to share certain values, principles, and beliefs?
American identity: Students should be able to explain the importance of Americans sharing and supporting certain values, principles, and beliefs. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
Describe holidays Americans celebrate and explain how they reflect their shared values, principles, and beliefs, e.g., the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Presidents’ Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
What are the Basic Values and Principles of American Democracy? What are the benefits of diversity in the United States?
Diversity in American society: Students should be able to describe diversity in the United States and identify its benefits. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
Describe some of the costs of diversity
People sometimes discriminate unfairly against others on the basis of their age, religious beliefs, race, or disability
What are the Basic Values and Principles of American Democracy? How should conflicts about diversity be prevented or managed?
Prevention and management of conflicts: Students should be able to identify and evaluate ways conflicts about diversity can be prevented and managed. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
Identify examples of conflicts caused by diversity, e.g., unfair discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, language, and gender; alienation of one group from another; efforts to impose beliefs and customs on others
National Center for History in Schools (NCHS)
Historical Thinking Standards
Historical Analysis and Interpretation
Compare different stories about a historical figure, era, or event.
Topic 3: The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
How democratic values came to be, and how they have been exemplified by people, events, and symbols.
The student understands historic figures who have exemplified values and principles of American democracy.