Social studies practices
- construct meaningful questions that initiate an inquiry;
- gather and evaluate sources;
- develop claims using evidence to support reasoning;
- communicate and critique conclusions;
- be civically engaged.
Social studies content
- Examine individual cognition, perception, behavior, and identity (Psychology).
- Investigate interactions between individuals and groups (Sociology).
- Assess the role that human behavior and cultures play in the development of social endeavors (Anthropology).
- Examine the progression of specific forms of technology and their influence within various societies.
- Use economic reasoning to understand issues.
- Analyze how decisions are made and interactions occur among individuals, households, and firms/businesses (Microeconomics).
- Analyze how an economy functions as a whole (Macroeconomics).
- Evaluate government decisions and their impact on individuals, businesses, markets, and resources (Role of Government).
- Use geographic tools and ways of thinking to analyze the world.
- Analyze human movement and population patterns.
- Examine the impacts of global interconnections and relationships.
- Evaluate the relationship between identity and place.
- Evaluate the relationship between humans and the environment.
- Use historical evidence for determining cause and effect.
- Analyze, recognize, and evaluate patterns of continuity and change over time and contextualization of historical events.
- Connect past events, people, and ideas to the present, use different perspectives to draw conclusions, and suggest current implications.
- Evaluate a variety of primary and secondary sources to interpret the historical context, intended audience, purpose, and/or author’s point of view (Historical Methodology).
- Identify and analyze democratic principles and ideals.
- Examine and interpret rights, privileges, and responsibilities in society.
- Analyze and evaluate the powers and purposes of political and civic institutions.
- Develop and employ skills for civic literacy.