Social Studies Standards

StrandHistorical Understanding 
Standard 1: Historical Understanding: CHANGE, CONTINUITY, AND CAUSALITY-Understand change and/or continuity and cause and/or effect in history

TopicChronological Thinking
Benchmark SS.5.1.1Use chronological order to explain causal relationships between and among people and events

StrandHistorical Understanding 
Standard 2: Historical Understanding: INQUIRY, EMPATHY AND PERSPECTIVE- Use the tools and methods of inquiry, perspective, and empathy to explain historical events with multiple interpretations and judge the past on its own terms

TopicHistorical Perspectives and Interpretations
Benchmark SS.5.2.1Analyze how beliefs and education and/or the society in which a person resides shape his/her "point of view"

TopicHistorical Empathy
Benchmark SS.5.2.2Judge the past in the context of the time instead of imposing present norms and values on historical events

Standard 3: History: EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY-Understand important historical events through the Revolution

TopicExploration, Migration, and Settlement
Benchmark SS.5.3.1Identify what Europeans sought (e.g., route to Asia) and what they found (e.g., new crops) during the Age of Exploration

TopicExploration, Migration, and Settlement
Benchmark SS.5.3.2Examine the interactions between Europeans and Native Americans in North America

TopicExploration, Migration, and Settlement
Benchmark SS.5.3.3Describe the hardships experienced by European settlers in colonial America

TopicColonial American Society
Benchmark SS.5.3.4Describe how religion and economics influenced the settling of New England and the southern regions of British North America

TopicColonial American Society
Benchmark SS.5.3.5Describe the major features of the economies of New England (i.e., manufacturing), the mid-Atlantic colonies (i.e., trade), and southern regions (i.e., farming) of British North America and explain their relationship to geographic features

TopicColonial American Society
Benchmark SS.5.3.6Explain how colonial America solved its labor shortage problem with indentured servants and African slaves

TopicColonial American Society
Benchmark SS.5.3.7Illustrate the movement of African slaves to the Americas and their role in the Triangular Trade

TopicColonial American Society
Benchmark SS.5.3.8Describe conflicts between Europeans and Native Americans (i.e., King Philips War), among colonists, (i.e., Bacon's Rebellion), and between European powers (i.e., the French and Indian War)

TopicColonial American Society
Benchmark SS.5.3.9Describe the role of Puritans and Quakers in shaping colonial society

TopicColonial American Society
Benchmark SS.5.3.10Explain how conflict between the English government and the English colonies led to the outbreak of the American Revolution

TopicRevolutionary War
Benchmark SS.5.3.11Define the major ideas (i.e., natural rights, government by the consent of the governed, and "all men are created equal") stated in the Declaration of Independence and explain why they were included

TopicRevolutionary War
Benchmark SS.5.3.12Describe the major events of the Revolutionary War, including key battles, key alliances, and the roles played by key figures

StrandPolitical Science/Civics 
Standard 4: Political Science/Civics: GOVERNANCE, DEMOCRACY, AND INTERACTION-Understand the purpose and historical impact of political institutions, the principles and values of American constitutional democracy, and the similarities and differences in government across cultural perspectives

TopicAmerican Democracy
Benchmark SS.5.4.1Explain how colonial governments were based on key principles underlying American democracy (including social contract, majority rule, and equality of opportunity)

TopicAmerican Democracy
Benchmark SS.5.4.2Explain how participation in American democracy has changed since the 18th century

StrandPolitical Science/Civics 
Standard 5: Political Science/Civics: PARTICIPATION AND CITIZENSHIP-Understand roles, rights (personal, economic, political), and responsibilities of American citizens and exercise them in civic action

Benchmark SS.5.5No benchmark at this level

StrandCultural Anthropology 
Standard 6: Cultural Anthropology: SYSTEMS, DYNAMICS, AND INQUIRY-Understand culture as a system of beliefs, knowledge, and practices shared by a group and understand how cultural systems change over time

TopicCultural Inquiry
Benchmark SS.5.6.1Compare the views of Native Americans and Europeans regarding the relationship between humans and the land

Standard 7: Geography: WORLD IN SPATIAL TERMS-Use geographic representations to organize, analyze, and present information on people, places, and environments and understand the nature and interaction of geographic regions and societies around the world

TopicHuman Systems
Benchmark SS.5.7.1Explain how the Revolutionary War caused the movement of people

Standard 8: Economics: RESOURCES, MARKETS, AND GOVERNMENT-Understand economic concepts and the characteristics of various economic systems

TopicLimited Resources and Choice
Benchmark SS.5.8.1Explain the opportunity costs considered by the settlers before moving to the colonies

TopicRole of Government
Benchmark SS.5.8.2Recognize that governments raise money to pay for goods and services (i.e., taxes) and describe why the American colonists were dissatisfied with the colonial system of taxation