Social Studies Standards

Michigan Social Studies Standards as of June 2019.

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Describe major achievements from Indian, Chinese, Mediterranean, African, Southwest and Central Asian, Mesoamerican, and Andean civilizations.


Use historic and modern maps to locate and describe trade networks linking empires in the classical area.


Use a case study to describe how trade integrated cultures and influenced in the economy within empires.


Describe the role of state authority, military power, taxation systems, and institutions of coerced labor, including slavery, in building and maintaining empires.


Describe the significance of legal codes, belief systems, written languages, and communications in the development of large regional empires.


Identify and describe the core beliefs of major world religions and belief systems, including Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Sikhism and Islam.


Locate the geographical center of major religions and map the spread through 1500 CE.


Crisis in the Classical World – analyze the environmental, economic, and political crises in the classical world that led to the collapse of classical empires and the consolidation of Byzantium.


Africa to 1500 CE – use a case study to describe how trade integrated cultures and influenced the economy within early African empires.


North America to 1500 CE – use a case study to describe the culture and economy of Indigenous Peoples in North America prior to 1500.

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