Social Studies Standards

Michigan Social Studies Standards as of June 2019.

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Demonstrate knowledge of how, when, and where individuals would plan and conduct activities intended to advance views in matters of public policy, report the results, and evaluate effectiveness.


Engage in activities intended to contribute to solving a national or international problem studied.


Participate in projects to help or inform others.


Explain how and when human communities populated major regions of the world and adapted to a variety of environments.


Explain what archaeologists have learned about Paleolithic and Neolithic societies.


Describe the transition of many cultures from hunter-gatherers to sedentary agriculture (domestication of plants and animals).


Explain the importance of the natural environment in the development of agricultural settlements in different locations.


Explain the impact of the first Agricultural Revolution (stable food supply, surplus, population growth, trade, division of labor, development of settlements, changes to the environment, and changes to hunter-gatherer societies.


Describe the importance of the development of human communication (oral, visual, and written) and its relationship to the development of culture.


Describe how the invention of agriculture led to the emergence of agrarian civilizations (seasonal harvests, specialized crops, cultivation, and development of villages and towns).

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