Social Studies Standards

Michigan Social Studies Standards as of June 2019.

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Explain and evaluate how people, individually or collectively, seek to bring the United States closer to its Democratic Values.


Identify, discuss, and analyze methods individuals and/or groups have chosen to attempt social and legal change.  Assess the effects of civil disobedience, social movements, demonstrations, protests on society and law.


Identify and describe a local, state, national, or international public policy issue; research and evaluate multiple solutions; analyze the consequences of each solution and propose, defend, and take relevant action to address or resolve the issue.


Equip students with the skills and knowledge to explore multiple pathways for knowledgeable, civic engagement through simulations and/or real-world opportunities for involvement.


"Explain the causes and consequences of contemporary population changes by analyzing


Explain changes in the use, distribution, and importance of natural resources (including land, water, energy, food; and renewable, non-renewable, and flow resources) on human life, settlement, and interactions by describing and evaluating:

  • changes in spatial distribution and use of natural resources.
  • the differences in ways societies have been using and distributing natural resources.
  • social, political, economic, and environmental consequences of the development, distribution, and use of natural resources.
  • major changes in networks for the production, distribution, and consumption of natural resources, including the growth of multinational corporations and governmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • the impact of humans on the global environment.


"Define the process of globalization and evaluate the merit of this concept to describe


"Analyze the causes and challenges of continuing and new conflicts by describing:


Scarcity, Choice, Opportunity Costs, Incentives – using examples, explain how scarcity, choice, opportunity costs, and incentives affect decisions made by households, businesses, and governments.


Entrepreneurship – analyze the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship and associate the functions of entrepreneurs with alleviating problems associated with scarcity.

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