Delaware Standards for Social Studies — Grade 9

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Students will analyze the ways in which the structure and purposes of different governments around the world reflect differing ideologies, cultures, values, and histories.


Students will examine and analyze the extra-Constitutional role that political parties play in American politics


Students will understand that the functioning of the American government is a dynamic process which combines the formal balances of power incorporated in the Constitution with traditions, precedents, and interpretations which have evolved over time


Students will understand that citizens are individually responsible for keeping themselves informed about public policy issues on the local, state, and federal levels; participating in the civic process; and upholding the laws of the land.


Students will develop and employ the skills necessary to work with government programs and agencies.


Students will understand the process of working within a political party, a commission engaged in examining public policy, or a citizen's group.


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.


By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).


Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.


Evaluate authors' differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors' claims, reasoning, and evidence.


Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.


Evaluate an author's premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.


Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.


Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.


Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.


Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claims.


Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.


Students will demonstrate how economic choices are made in a market economy in which markets and the actions of the government influence the production and distribution of goods and services.


Students will develop an understanding of how economies function as a whole, including the causes and effects of inflation, unemployment, business cycles, and monetary and fiscal policies.


Students will analyze and evaluate how the selection of broad social goals influences the quality of life of citizens living in a wide range of economic systems.


Students will analyze and interpret the influence of the distribution of the world's resources, political stability, national efforts to encourage or discourage trade, and the flow of investment on patterns of international trade.


Students will identify geographic patterns which emerge when collected data is mapped, and analyze mapped patterns through the application of such common geographic principles as -- Hierarchy (patterns at a detailed scale may be related to patterns at a more general scale) -- Accessibility (how easily one place can be reached from another) -- Diffusion (how people or things move in certain directions at certain speeds) -- Complimentarity (the mutual exchange of people or goods among places usually occurs over the shortest possible distances)


Students will apply the analysis of mapped patterns to the solution of problems.


Students will understand the Earth's physical environment as a set of interconnected systems (ecosystems) and the ways humans have perceived, reacted to, and changed environments at local to global scales.


Students will understand the processes which result in distinctive cultures, economic activity, and settlement form in particular locations across the world.


Students will apply knowledge of the types of regions and methods of drawing boundaries to interpret the Earth's changing complexity.


Students will analyze historical materials to trace the development of an idea or trend across space or over a prolonged period of time in order to explain patterns of historical continuity and change.


Students will develop and implement effective research strategies for investigating a given historical topic.


Students will examine and analyze primary and secondary sources in order to differentiate between historical facts and historical interpretations.


Students will compare competing historical narratives, by contrasting different historians' choice of questions, use and choice of sources, perspectives, beliefs, and points of view, in order to demonstrate how these factors contribute to different interpretations.


Students will develop an understanding of modern United States history, its connections to both Delaware and world history, including: -- Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877) -- Development of an industrialized nation (1870-1900) -- Emergence of modern America (1890-1930) -- Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945) -- Postwar United States (1945-early 1970s) -- Contemporary United States (1968-present)


Students will develop an understanding of recent and modern world history and its connections to United States history, including: -- Intensified hemispheric interactions (1,000-1,500 AD) -- Explorations, contact, and interactions across the world (1450-1770) -- Revolutions, ideologies, and technological change (1750-1914) -- The 20th Century world (1900-present)


Students will apply problem-solving strategies and cost benefit analysis to assess the consequences of financial decisions.


Students will create an overall financial plan for spending and saving in order to achieve personal goals.


Students will analyze the benefits and costs of various payment options while applying the mechanics of money management.


Students will examine how ability to pay and personal credit history influences an individuals financial opportunities and choices.


Students will demonstrate that personal savings and investment compound over time and contribute to meeting financial goals.


Students will evaluate the costs and benefits of major savings and investing options.


Students will understand how to evaluate financial products and services to minimize financial risks.


Students will analyze how state and federal laws and regulations protect consumers.