Social Studies Standards

Michigan Social Studies Standards as of June 2019.

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Explain how historians use a variety of sources to explore the past.


Read and comprehend a historical passage to identify basic factual knowledge and the literal meaning by indicating who was involved, what happened, where it happened, what events led to the development, and what consequences or outcomes followed.


Identify the point of view (perspective of the author) and context when reading and discussing primary and secondary sources.


Compare and evaluate differing historical perspectives based on evidence.


Describe how historians use methods of inquiry to identify cause/effect relationships in history, nothing that many have multiple causes.


Identify the role of the individual in history and the significance of one person's ideas.


Describe and use cultural institutions to study an era and a region.


Describe and use themes of history to study patterns of change and continuity.


Use historical perspectives to analyze global issues faced by humans long ago and today.


Clearly state an issue as a question of public policy in contemporary or historical context, or as a contemporary/historical comparison. Trace the origins of an issue, analyze and synthesize various perspectives, and generate and evaluate alternative resolutions. Deeply examine policy issues in group discussions and debates to make reasoned and informed decisions. Write persuasive/argumentative essays expressing and justifying decisions on public policy issues. Plan and conduct activities intended to advance views on matters of public policy, report the results, and evaluate effectiveness:

  • identify public policy issues related to global topics and issues studied.
  • clearly state the issue as a question of public policy orally or in written form.
  • use inquiry methods to acquire content knowledge and appropriate data about the issue.
  • identify the causes and consequences and analyze the impact, both positive and negative.
  • share and discuss findings of research and issue analysis in group discussions and debates.
  • compose a persuasive essay justifying the position with a reasoned argument.
  • develop an action plan to address or inform others about the issue at the different scales. 

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