State Curriculum - Social Studies

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Grade 7 Grade 8
Standard 2.0 Peoples of the Nation and World: Student will understand the diversity and commonality, human interdependence, and global cooperation of the people of Maryland, the United States, and the World through a multicultural and a historic perspective. Standard 2.0 Peoples of the Nation and World: Student will understand the diversity and commonality, human interdependence, and global cooperation of the people of Maryland, the United States, and the World through a multicultural and a historic perspective.
A. Elements of Culture A. Elements of Culture
1. Analyze characteristics that are used to organize people into cultures
1. Analyze how America became a diverse society
a. Apply understandings of the elements of culture to the studies of modern world regions, such as art, music, religion, government, social structure, education, values, beliefs and customs
a. Describe the influence of religious tolerance and intolerance in the colonies
b. Describe the characteristics of a sovereign nation, such as the legitimate use of authority, autonomy and establishment of borders
b. Describe how the colonies developed into diverse states reflecting various cultural elements
c. Describe the characteristics of democratic and authoritarian societies
c. Explain the interaction of cultures in Antebellum America
B. Cultural Diffusion B. Cultural Diffusion
1. Analyze how diverse cultures shape a pluralistic society
1. Analyze how America continued to evolve into a society consisting of diverse cultures, customs, and traditions
a. Identify cultural groups within a contemporary world region
a. Describe the effects of cultural exchange and interactions among Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans on the development of the United States
b. Describe how migration contributes to the diversity of nations and regions
b. Examine how the diversity of the United States represents a blending of cultures and ideas from around the world
c. Analyze how cultural diffusion is influenced by factors, such as trade, migration, immigration and conflict
 
2. Examine how increasing diversity in global societies results from immigration, settlement, and economic development
2. Describe how the increased diversity of American culture resulted from immigration, settlement, and economic development in the United States
a. Examine policies related to human rights, such as foreign aid, subsidies to developing countries, ethnic persecution and economic sanctions
a. Analyze consequences of immigration including assimilation, and Nativism
b. Examine contemporary world wide concerns that affect international relationships, such as world health, nation building, national security, and human rights
 
C. Conflict and Compromise C. Conflict and Compromise
1. Analyze major sources of tension, cooperation, and conflict in the world and the efforts that have been made to address them
1. Analyze factors that affected relationships in the United States prior to 1877
a. Evaluate causes of conflict in the global community, such as Apartheid, the acquisition of natural resources, the decline of communism, ethnic persecution, and domestic and international terrorism
a. Examine examples of conflict and compromise among different ethnic, religious, and gender groups
b. Analyze and describe the efforts of world nations and groups to assist in the resolution of conflicts within and among regions, such as the United Nations, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent, United States Agency for International Development and other humanitarian organizations
b. Describe how cultural, economic and political differences contributed to sectionalism
c. Analyze and describe efforts by nations to promote cooperation within and among those regions, such as the creation of the International Monetary Fund, North American Free Trade Agreement, World Bank, European Union and world-wide healthcare initiatives
c. Describe various reform movements, such as abolition, women's rights, and education
  d. Describe the effects of early industrialization on individuals and families
 

 

MSDE has developed a toolkit for these standards which can be found online at: http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/social_studies/vsc_toolkit.html.

 

Date: 6/20/2006