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May 1996

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Social Studies Standards And Progress Indicators
Standard 6.2:
All Students Will Learn Democratic Citizenship Through The Humanities, By Studying Literature, Art, History And Philosophy, And Related Fields

Descriptive Statement: The humanities, history, literature, the arts, philosophy, law and related fields of study, enrich students' understanding of the human experience. They form a body of knowledge about human experience that is indispensable to informed civic participation in our democratic society. They enable students to recognize the moral and ethical dilemmas which have brought us to the present, and to project where our choices may lead in the future.

Through reading, writing, viewing and discussing humanities materials, students develop a knowledge base for understanding the complexities of American and world cultures. The humanities also equip students with a set of conceptual tools needed to engage in informed civic discourse about how to resolve conflicts between diverse cultures within our democratic society.

Cumulative Progress Indicators

By the end of Grade 4, students:


Recognize human experiences through time, as depicted in works of history, and literature and in the fine arts.


Identify social history represented in works of literature and the fine arts.


Understand how works of aesthetic expression serve as cultural representations.


Evaluate works, such as personal creations, which communicate a human condition or question.

Building upon knowledge and skills gained in the preceding grades, by the end of Grade 8, students:


Compare and contrast examples of artistic and literary expression from different historical and social settings.


Analyze examples of art, literature, philosophy, and architecture that have influenced, and been influenced by, their societies and cultures.


Analyze and explain different artistic, literary and historical depictions of the same subject.


Identify the mutual impact of technology and aesthetic expression.

Building upon knowledge and skills gained in the preceding grades, by the end of Grade 12, students:


Give examples of historical, literary, and artistic works which have influenced society in the past and present, and identify their effect on our understanding of basic human rights.


Examine the relationship between the beliefs and life circumstances of a writer, artist, and philosopher, and that person's creative work.


Compare artistic and literary interpretations of historical events with accounts of the same events that aim at objectivity.



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