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:
The study of the past is the story of communities, nations, and the world.
Key concepts such as: past, present, future, similarity, difference, and change.
Key people, events, and places associated with the history of the community, nation, and world.
Key symbols and traditions that are carried from the past into the present by diverse cultures in the United States and world.
That people view and interpret historical events differently because of the times in which they live, the experiences they have, and the point of view they hold.
That historical events occurred in times that differed from our own, but often have lasting consequences for the present and future.
National Center for History in Schools (NCHS)
Historical Thinking Standards
Identify the temporal structure of a historical narrative or story.
Explain change and continuity over time.
Identify the central question(s) the historical narrative addresses.
Historical Analysis and Interpretation
Formulate questions to focus their inquiry or analysis.
Challenge arguments of historical inevitability.
Historical Research Capabilities
Formulate historical questions.
Historical Issues-Analysis and Decision-Making
Identify problems and dilemmas in the past.
Topic 2: The History of Students' Own State or Region
The people, events, problems, and ideas that created the history of their state.
The student understands the history of indigenous peoples who first lived in his or her state or region.