High School Social Studies
Preparing students for the 21st century cannot be accomplished without a strong and sustaining emphasis on the social studies. The social studies provide cornerstone skills that are the key to opening doors for a more diverse, competitive workforce and responsible citizenry. Students use critical thinking, self-assessment, reasoning, problem-solving, collaboration, research, and investigation to make connections in new and innovative ways as they progress through social studies education. These standards outline the knowledge and skills needed to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.
|Standards and Grade Level Expectations|
|History||1||The historical method of inquiry to ask questions, evaluate primary and secondary sources, critically analyze and interpret data, and develop interpretations defended by evidence from a variety of primary and secondary sources||2||Analyze the key concepts of continuity and change, cause and effect, complexity, unity and diversity over time||3||The significance of ideas as powerful forces throughout history||Geography||1||Use different types of maps and geographic tools to analyze features on Earth to investigate and solve geographic questions||2||Economic policies impact markets|
|3||The interconnected nature of the world, its people and places||Economics||1||Productive resources - natural, human, capital - are scarce; therefore choices are made about how individuals, businesses, governments, and societies allocate these resources||2||Manage personal credit and debt PFL)||3||Government and competition impact markets||4||Design, analyze, and apply a financial plan based on short- and long-term financial goals (PFL)||5||Analyze strategic spending, saving, and investment options to achieve the objectives of diversification, liquidity, income, and growth (PFL)||6||The components of personal credit to manage credit and debt (PFL)||7||Identify, develop, and evaluate risk-management strategies (PFL)||Civics||1||Research, formulate positions, and engage in appropriate civic participation to address local, state, or national issues or policies||2||Purposes of and limitations on the foundations, structures and functions of government||3||Analyze how public policy - domestic and foreign - is developed at the local, state, and national levels and compare how policy-making occurs in other forms of government|
Thompson School District Curriculum Placemats
Thompson placemats provide specific information regarding the skills High School students will be able to master by the end of the school year.