National Standards for Civics and Government (NSCG)
What are civic life, politics, and government? What are alternative ways of organizing constitutional governments?
Confederal, federal, and unitary systems. Students should be able to explain the advantages and disadvantages of confederal, federal, and unitary systems of government. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
Identify examples of confederal, federal, and unitary systems in the history of the United States, e.g.,
Confederal system--the United States under the Articles of Confederation and the Confederate States of America
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
Large scale immigration
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.
Era 2: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763)
Why the Americas attracted Europeans, why they brought enslaved Africans to their colonies, and how Europeans struggled for control of North America and the Caribbean.
The student understands how diverse immigrants affected the formation of European colonies.
How political, religious, and social institutions emerged in the English colonies.
The student understands social and cultural change in British America.
World History Content Standards
Era 6: The Emergence of the First Global Age, 1450-1770
Economic, political, and cultural interrelations among peoples of Africa, Europe, and the Americas, 1500-1750.
The student understands how states and peoples of European descent became dominant in the Americas between the 16th and 18th centuries.