National Standards for Civics and Government (NSCG)
What are the foundations of the American political system? What are the distinctive characteristics of American society?
Distinctive characteristics of American society. Students should be able to identify and explain the importance of historical experience and geographic, social, and economic factors that have helped to shape American society. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
Explain important factors that have helped shape American society
A history of slavery
What are the foundations of the American political system? What is American political culture?
The character of American political conflict. Students should be able to describe the character of American political conflict and explain factors that usually prevent violence or that lower its intensity. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
Describe political conflict in the United States both historically and at present, such as conflict about
Slavery and indentured servitude
National Center for History in Schools (NCHS)
Historical Thinking Standards
Reconstruct the literal meaning of a historical passage.
United States History Content Standards
Era 1: Three Worlds Meet (Beginnings to 1620)
Comparative characteristics of societies in the Americas, Western Europe, and Western Africa that increasingly interacted after 1450.
The student understands the differences and similarities among Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans who converged in the western hemisphere after 1492.
How early European exploration and colonization resulted in cultural and ecological interactions among previously unconnected peoples.
The student understands the stages of European oceanic and overland exploration, amid international rivalries, from the 9th to 17th centuries.
Era 2: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763)
How political, religious, and social institutions emerged in the English colonies.
The student understands the roots of representative government and how political rights were defined.
The student understands social and cultural change in British America.
How the values and institutions of European economic life took root in the colonies, and how slavery reshaped European and African life in the Americas.
The student understands colonial economic life and labor systems in the Americas.
The student understands economic life and the development of labor systems in the English colonies.
The student understands African life under slavery.
World History Content Standards
Era 6: The Emergence of the First Global Age, 1450-1770
How the transoceanic interlinking of all major regions of the world from 1450-1600 led to global transformations.
The student understands the encounters between Europeans and peoples of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Americas in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.
Era 7: An Age of Revolutions, 1750-1914
The causes and consequences of the agricultural and industrial revolutions, 1700-1850.
The student understands the causes and consequences of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and slavery in the Americas.