Alaska Content and Performance Standards
AK.D. Geography: A student should understand and be able to interpret spatial (geographic) characteristics of human systems, including migration, movement, interactions of cultures, economic activities, settlement patterns, and political units in the state, nation, and world. A student who meets the content standard should:
D.5. Analyze how conflict and cooperation shape social, economic, and political use of space.
AK.A. Government and Citizenship: A student should know and understand how societies define authority, rights, and responsibilities through a governmental process. A student who meets the content standard should:
A.4. Compare and contrast how different societies have governed themselves over time and in different places.
AK.A. History: A student should understand that history is a record of human experiences that links the past to the present and the future. A student who meets the content standard should:
A.6. Know that cultural elements, including language, literature, the arts, customs, and belief systems, reflect the ideas and attitudes of a specific time and know how the cultural elements influence human interaction.
A.7. Understand that history is dynamic and composed of key turning points.
A.8. Know that history is a bridge to understanding groups of people and an individual's relationship to society.
A.9. Understand that history is a fundamental connection that unifies all fields of human understanding and endeavor.
AK.B. History: A student should understand historical themes through factual knowledge of time, places, ideas, institutions, cultures, people, and events. A student who meets the content standard should:
B.1. Comprehend the forces of change and continuity that shape human history through the following persistent organizing themes:
B.1.a. The development of culture, the emergence of civilizations, and the accomplishments and mistakes of social organizations.
B.1.c. The origin and impact of ideologies, religions, and institutions upon human societies.
B.3. Recognize that historical understanding is relevant and valuable in the student's life and for participating in local, state, national, and global communities.
B.4. Recognize the importance of time, ideas, institutions, people, places, cultures, and events in understanding large historical patterns.
B.5. Evaluate the influence of context upon historical understanding.
AK.C. History: A student should develop the skills and processes of historical inquiry. A student who meets the content standard should:
C.3. Apply thinking skills, including classifying, interpreting, analyzing, summarizing, synthesizing, and evaluating, to understand the historical record.
AK.RH.6-8. Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-12
Craft and Structure
RH.6-8.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
RH.6-8.5. Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally)
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
RH.6-8.10. By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.