Social Studies Standards

Michigan Social Studies Standards as of June 2019.

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Use historical and modern maps and other sources to locate, describe, and analyze major river systems and discuss the ways these physical settings supported permanent settlements and development of early civilizations.


Examine early civilizations to describe their common features, including environment, economies, and social institutions.


Define the concept of cultural diffusion and explain how ideas and technology spread from one region to another.


Describe pastoralism and explain how the climate and geography of Central Asia were linked to the rise of pastoral societies on the steppes.


Describe the characteristics that classical civilizations share.


Create a timeline that illustrates the rise and fall of classical empires during the classical period.


Explain the role of economics in shaping the development of classical civilizations and empires.


Using historic and modern maps, locate three major empires of this era, describe their geographic characteristics including physical features and climates, and propose a generalization about the relationship between geographic characteristics and the development of early empires.


Compare and contrast the defining characteristics of a city-state, civilization, and empire.


Assess the importance of Greek ideas about democracy and citizenship in the development of Western political thought and institutions.

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