Social Studies Standards

Michigan Social Studies Standards as of June 2019.

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Explain how the new Constitution resolved (or compromised) the major issues, including sharing and separation of power and checking of power among federal government institutions; dual sovereignty (state-federal power); rights of individuals; the Electoral College; the Three-Fifths Compromise; the Great Compromise; and relationships and affairs with tribal nations.


Analyze the debates over the ratification of the Constitution from the


Explain how the Bill of Rights reflected the concept of limited government, protection of basic freedoms, and the fear among many Americans of a strong central government.


Use important ideas and documents to describe the philosophical origins of constitutional government in the United States with an emphasis on the following ideals: social contract, limited government, natural rights, right of revolution, separation of powers, bicameralism, republicanism, and popular participation in government.


Washington’s Farewell – use President George Washington’s farewell address to analyze Washington's perspective on the most significant challenges the new nation faced.


Establishing America’s Place in the World – assess the changes in America's relationships with other nations by analyzing the origins, intents, and purposes of treaties.


Challenge of Political Conflict – examine the origins and intentions of early American political parties, including how they emerged, who participated and what influenced their ideologies.


Establishing a National Judiciary and its Power – use Marbury v. Madison to explain the development of the power of the Supreme Court through the doctrine of judicial review.


"Comparing the Northeast and the South – compare and contrast the social and economic systems of the Northeast , the South, and the Western Frontier (Kentucky, Ohio Valley, etc.) with respect to geography, climate, and the development of: • agriculture, including changes in productivity, technology, supply and demand,


The Institution of Slavery – explain the ideology of the institution of slavery, its policies, and consequences.

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