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    In 1996 the New York State Education Department established standards in each subject area for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. In 2014 New York state refined these standards which are now incorporated in the New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework. The framework is not a curriculum. It provides teachers with a map to guide students as students develop an understanding of concepts and key ideas through inquiry, analysis of primary and secondary documents, and disciplinary skills and practices (source: Social Studies Framework)    Listed below is a summary of the Social Studies Standards and Practices

    Standard 1:

     

    History of the United States and New York

    Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.

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    World History

    Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a variety of perspectives.

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    Geography

    Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live - local, national, and global - including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth's surface.

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    Economics

    Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of how the United States and other societies develop economic systems and associated institutions to allocate scarce resources, how major decision-making units function in the United States and other national economies, and how an economy solves the scarcity problem through market and nonmarket mechanisms.

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    Civics, Citizenship, and Government
    Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the United States and other nations; the United States Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.