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Content Area: Social Studies
Content Area Social Studies
Standard 6.3 Active Citizenship in the 21st Century All students will acquire the skills needed to be active, informed citizens who value diversity and promote cultural understanding by working collaboratively to address the challenges that are inherent in living in an interconnected world.
Grade Level By the end of grade 4
Content Statement Strand CPI# Cumulative Progress Indicator (CPI)
Active citizens in the 21st century:
  • Recognize that people have different perspectives based on their beliefs, values, traditions, culture, and experiences.
  • Identify stereotyping, bias, prejudice, and discrimination in their lives and communities.
  • Are aware of their relationships to people, places, and resources in the local community and beyond.
  • Make informed and reasoned decisions by seeking and assessing information, asking questions, and evaluating alternate solutions.
  • Develop strategies to reach consensus and resolve conflict.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the need for fairness and take appropriate action against unfairness.
A. Civics, Government, and Human Rights
6.3.4.A.1 Evaluate what makes a good rule or law.                                                                                                                          
6.3.4.A.2 Contact local officials and community members to acquire information and/or discuss local issues.                                                                                                                          
6.3.4.A.3 Select a local issue and develop a group action plan to inform school and/or community members about the issue.                                                                                                                          
6.3.4.A.4 Communicate with students from various countries about common issues of public concern and possible solutions.                                                                                                                          
B. Geography, People and the Environment
6.3.4.B.1 Plan and participate in an advocacy project to inform others about environmental issues at the local or state level and propose possible solutions.                                                                                                                          
C. Economics, Innovation, and Technology
6.3.4.C.1 Develop and implement a group initiative that addresses an economic issue impacting children.                                                                                                                          
D. History, Culture, and Perspectives

Identify actions that are unfair or discriminatory, such as bullying, and propose solutions to address such actions.



Social Studies Skills Table

Essential Question: What are effective strategies for accessing various sources of information and historical evidence, determining their validity, and using them to solve a problem or find a solution to a public policy question?
Social Studies Skill K-4 5-8 9-12
Chronological Thinking
  • Place key historical events and people in historical eras using timelines.
  • Construct timelines of the events occurring during major eras.
  • Compare present and past events to evaluate the consequences of past decisions and to apply lessons learned.
  • Explain how the present is connected to the past.
  • Explain how major events are related to one another in time.
  • Analyze how change occurs through time due to shifting values and beliefs as well as technological advancements and changes in the political and economic landscape.
Spatial Thinking
  • Determine locations of places and interpret information available on maps and globes.
  • Select and use various geographic representations to compare information about people, places, regions, and environments.
  • Construct various forms of geographic representations to show the spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena.
  • Use thematic maps and other geographic representations to obtain, describe, and compare spatial patterns and information about people, places, regions, and environments.
  • Use maps and other documents to explain the historical migration of people, expansion and disintegration of empires, and growth of economic and political systems.
  • Relate current events to the physical and human characteristics of places and regions.
Critical Thinking
  • Distinguish fact from fiction.
  • Compare and contrast differing interpretations of current and historical events.
  • Distinguish valid arguments from false arguments when interpreting current and historical events.
  • Identify and use a variety of primary and secondary sources for reconstructing the past (i.e., documents, letters, diaries, maps, photos, etc.).
  • Assess the credibility of sources by identifying bias and prejudice in documents, media, and computer-generated information.
  • Evaluate sources for validity and credibility and to detect propaganda, censorship, and bias.
Presentational Skills
  • Use evidence to support an idea in a written and/or oral format.
  • Select and analyze information from a variety of sources to present a reasoned argument or position in a written and/or oral format.
  • Take a position on a current public policy issue and support it with historical evidence, reasoning, and constitutional analysis in a written and/or oral format.