Social Studies Standards

Michigan Social Studies Standards as of June 2019.

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Describe the ideas, experiences, and interactions that influenced the colonists' decisions to declare independence by analyzing: • colonial ideas about government. • experiences with self-government.


Using the Declaration of Independence, including the grievances at the end of the document, describe the role this document played in expressing: • colonists’ views of government. • their reasons for separating from Great Britain.


"Describe the consequences of the American Revolution by analyzing and evaluating the relative influences of: • establishment of an independent republican government. • creation of the Articles of Confederation. • changing views on freedom and equality. • concerns over the distribution of power within government, between government


Identify, research, analyze, discuss, and defend a position on a national public policy issue.

  • identify a national public policy issue.
  • clearly state the issue as a question of public policy orally or in written form.
  • use inquiry methods to trace the origins of the issue and to acquire data about the issue.
  • generate and evaluate alternative resolutions to the public issue and analyze various perspectives (causes, consequences, positive and negative impact) on the issue.
  • identify and apply Democratic Values or Constitutional Principles.
  • 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. 


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 the reasons for the adoption and subsequent failure of the Articles of Confederation.


Identify economic, political, and cultural issues facing the nation during the period of the Articles of Confederation and the opening of the Constitutional Convention.


Describe the major issues debated at the Constitutional Convention, including the distribution of political power among the states and within the federal government, the conduct of foreign affairs, commerce with tribes, rights of individuals, the election of the executive, and the enslavement of Africans as a regional and federal issue.

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