Grade Social Studies Standards:
Students analyze instances of nation-building in the contemporary
world in at least two of the following regions or countries:
the Middle East, Africa, Mexico and other parts of Latin America,
Understand the challenges in the regions, including their geopolitical,
cultural, military, and economic significance and the international
relationships in which they are involved.
2. Describe the recent history of the regions, including political divisions
and systems, key leaders, religious issues, natural features, resources,
and population patterns.
3. Discuss the important trends in the regions today and whether they appear
to serve the cause of individual freedom and democracy.
Students analyze the integration of countries into the world
economy and the information, technological, and communications
revolutions (e.g., television, satellites, computers).
Grade Social Studies Standards:
Students analyze the rise of the United States to its role as
a world power in the twentieth century.
Analyze the international and domestic events, interests, and
philosophies that prompted attacks on civil liberties, including
the Palmer Raids, Marcus Garvey’s “back-to-Africa” movement,
the Ku Klux Klan, and immigration quotas and the responses
of organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union,
the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,
and the Anti-Defamation League to those attacks.
Students analyze the different explanations for the Great Depression
and how the New Deal fundamentally changed the role of the federal
Discuss the human toll of the Depression, natural disasters,
and unwise agricultural practices and their effects on the
depopulation of rural regions and on political movements of
the left and right, with particular attention to the Dust Bowl
refugees and their social and economic impacts in California.
5. Trace the advances and retreats of organized labor, from the creation
of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations
to current issues of a postindustrial, multinational economy, including the
United Farm Workers in California.
Students analyze America’s participation in World War II.
Students analyze the economic boom and social transformation
of post-World War II America.
Describe the significance of Mexican immigration and its relationship
to the agricultural economy, especially in California.
Students analyze U.S. foreign policy since World War II.
Examine relations between the United States and Mexico in the
twentieth century, including key economic, political, immigration,
and environmental issues.
Students analyze the major social problems and domestic policy
issues in contemporary American Society.
Discuss the reasons for the nation’s changing immigration
policy, with emphasis on how the Immigration Act of 1965 and
successor acts have transformed American society.
7. Explain how the federal, state, and local governments have responded to
demographic and social changes such as population shifts to the suburbs,
racial concentration in the cities, Frostbelt-to-Sunbelt migration, international
migration, decline of family farms, increases in out-of-wedlock births, and
Grade Social Studies Standards – Principles of Economics:
Students analyze the elements of America’s market economy
in a global setting.
Explain how prices reflect the relative scarcity of goods and
services and perform the allocative function in a market economy.
Students analyze the elements of the U.S. labor market in a global
Understand the operations of the labor market, including the
circumstances surrounding the establishment of principal American
labor unions, procedures that unions use to gain benefits for
their members, the effects of unionization, the minimum wage,
and unemployment insurance.
2. Describe the current economy and labor market, including the types of
goods and services produced, the types of skills workers need, the effects
of rapid technological change, and the impact of international competition.
3. Discuss wage differences among jobs and professions, using the laws of
demand and supply and the concept of productivity.
4. Explain the effects of international mobility of capital and labor on
the U.S. economy.