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Social studies

Social studies practices

Students will:

  • 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

Behavioral science

  • 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).

Political science

  • 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.