Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies defines what students should know and be able to do in social studies at each educational level. This lesson correlates to the following standards for high school students:
III. People, Places, and Environments
Create, interpret, use, and synthesize information from various representations of the earth, such as maps, globes, and photographs; examine, interpret, and analyze physical and cultural patterns and their interactions, such as land use, settlement patterns, cultural transmission of customs and ideas, and ecosystem changes; describe and assess ways that historical events have been influenced by, and have influenced, physical and human geographic factors in local, regional, national, and global settings.
VI. Power, Authority, and Governance
Analyze and explain ideas and mechanisms to meet needs and wants of citizens, regulate territory, manage conflict, establish order and security, and balance competing conceptions of a just society; compare and analyze the ways nations and organizations respond to conflicts between forces of unity and forces of diversity; analyze and evaluate conditions, actions, and motivations that contribute to conflict and cooperation within and among nations.
VII. Production, Distribution, and Consumption
Compare how values and beliefs influence economic decisions in different societies; apply economic concepts and reasoning when evaluating historical and contemporary social developments and issues.
IX. Global Connections
Explain conditions and motivations that contribute to conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among groups, societies, and nations; analyze the causes, consequences, and possible solutions to persistent, contemporary, and emerging global issues, such as health, security, resource allocation, economic development, and environmental quality; analyze the relationships and tensions between national sovereignty and global interests, in matters such as territory, economic development, nuclear and other weapons, use of natural resources, and human rights concerns.
Civics, Geography, Economics