The Social Studies Curriculum is a study of history, geography, economics, government, and political and social systems. The goal of the curriculum is to help all students understand the past and the implications for the future, to know the places of the world and its people, to realize the importance of citizenship and civic responsibility, and to understand the interactions of economic systems.
The foundation of the District Social Studies curriculum is the South Dakota Social Studies Standards, with supplemental District level standards. These standards define for all students the minimum level of what they are expected to know in the social studies content area and the skills needed to apply the content in their personal and professional life experiences.
K-12 GOALS AND INDICATORS
Goal 1 – Students will understand the emergence and development of civilizations and cultures within the United States over time and place.
Indicator 1: Analyze U.S. historical eras to determine connections and cause/effect relationships in reference to chronology.
Indicator 2: Evaluate the influence/impact of various cultures, values, philosophies, and religions on the development of the U.S.
Goal 2 – Students will understand the emergence and development of world civilizations and cultures over time and place.
Indicator 1: Analyze historical eras of world history to determine connections and cause/effect relationships in reference to chronology.
Indicator 2: Evaluate the interaction of world cultures and civilizations, philosophies, and religions.
Goal 3 – Students will understand the interrelationships of people, places, and the environment.
Indicator 1: Analyze information from geographic representation, tools, and technology to define location, place, and region.
Goal 4 – Students will understand the historical development and contemporary role of governmental power and authority.
Indicator 1: Analyze forms and purposes of government in relationship to the needs of citizens and societies including the impact of historical events, ideals, and documents.
Indicator 2: Analyze the constitutional rights and responsibilities of United States citizens.
Goal 5 – Students will understand the impact of economics on the development of societies and on current and emerging national and international situations.
Indicator 1: Analyze the role and relationships of economic systems on the development, utilization, and availability of resources in societies.