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Social Studies Curriculum

Grades 5-7

  • Policies and treatment of minority peoples have negative and positive legacies.
  • Natural resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions.
  • Immigration and multiculturalism continue to shape society and identity.
  • Institutions and government reflect the challenge of our regional diversity.


  • Economic self-interest can be a significant cause of conflict among peoples and governments.
  • Complex global problems require international cooperation to make difficult choices for the future.
  • Systems of government vary in their respect for human rights and freedoms.
  • Media sources can both positively and negatively affect our understanding of important events and issues.


  • Geographic conditions shaped the emergence of civilizations.
  • Religious and cultural practices that emerged during this period have endured and continue to influence people.
  • Increasingly complex societies required new systems of laws and government.
  • Economic specialization and trade networks can lead to conflict and cooperation between societies.


Grades 8-10

  • Contacts and conflicts between peoples stimulated significant cultural, social, political change.
  • Human and environmental factors shape changes in population and living standards.
  • Exploration, expansion, and colonization had varying consequences for different groups.
  • Changing ideas about the world created tension between people wanting to adopt new ideas and those wanting to preserve established traditions.


  • Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
  • The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.
  • Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.
  • Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.


  • Global and regional conflicts have been a powerful force in shaping our contemporary world and identities.
  • The development of political institutions is influenced by economic, social, ideological, and geographic factors.
  • Worldviews lead to different perspectives and ideas about developments in  society.
  • Historical and contemporary injustices challenge the narrative and identity of the world collective as an inclusive, multicultural society.