Social Studies Standards

Michigan Social Studies Standards as of June 2019.

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Describe the five essential rights protected by the First Amendment.  Through the use of court cases and examples, explore and analyze the scope and limits of First Amendment rights.


Using the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Amendments, describe the rights of the accused; using court cases and examples, describe the limit and scope of these rights.


Explain how the Civil War led to the creation of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Analyze each Amendment’s relative effectiveness.


Explain how significant historical events, including but not limited to the suffrage movements and the civil rights movements, resulted in changes to the interpretation of and Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.


Using the Fourteenth Amendment, describe the impact of the doctrine of incorporation, due process of law, and equal protection of law on the articulation and extension of rights.


Identify and explain personal rights, political rights, and economic rights as well as how these rights might conflict.


Describe considerations, criteria, and examples that have been used to deny, limit, or extend protection of individual rights.


Identify and describe ways in which foreign policy is made including Constitutional powers of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches and how those powers have been clarified or interpreted over time.


Analyze past and present examples of U.S. foreign policy, its implementation, and its impact on American and international institutions and individuals.


Describe ways in which groups and individuals influence foreign policy.

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