Nebraska Social Studies Standards — Grade 11


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SS 12.1.1

Students will analyze and evaluate the foundation, structures, and functions of the United States government as well as local, state, and international governments.

SS 12.1.1.a

Summarize the historical foundation that influenced the creation of the United States Constitution (e.g., philosophers, social contract theory, natural rights, Constitutional Convention, Federalist, and Anti-Federalist Papers)

SS 12.1.1.b

Analyze and evaluate the structure of American constitutional government (e.g., federalism, democracy, representative government, branches of the government, separation of powers, checks and balances, amendment process, concurrent/enumerated/implied powers, electoral college)

SS 12.1.1.c

Analyze and evaluate the functions of United States government (e.g., national security, legislative law-making, executive implementation, judicial interpretation, constitutionalism, taxation, naturalization of citizens)

SS 12.1.1.d

Analyze and evaluate the foundation, structures, and functions of local government (e.g., city council, school board, county government, regional boards)

SS 12.1.1.e

Analyze and evaluate the foundation, structures, and functions of state government (e.g., bicameral/unicameral, reapportionment/redistricting, branches of government)

SS 12.1.1.f

Analyze and evaluate the foundation, structures, and functions of supranational organizations (e.g., United Nations, NATO, European Union, treaties, trade organizations)

SS 12.1.1.g

Analyze and evaluate the roles that political parties have played in the United States

SS 12.1.1.h

Analyze and evaluate United States foreign policy issues (e.g. methods, approaches, events)

SS 12.1.2

Students will address local, state, national or international issues and policies through meaningful civic participation.

SS 12.1.2. c

Engage in civic activities (e.g., discussing current issues, advocating for personal rights and the rights of others, influencing governmental actions, participating in civil discourse, registering for selective service, participating in community improvement activities, service learning)

SS 12.1.2.a

Evaluate how individuals and groups can effectively use the structure and functions of various levels of government to shape policy (e.g., lobbying, voting, contacting government officials, petitioning)

SS 12.1.2.b

Analyze the significance and benefits of patriotic symbols, songs, holidays, and activities (e.g. Pledge of Allegiance, 'The Star Spangled Banner', 'America', Veteran's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, American Indian Day, Constitution Day)

SS 12.1.2.d

Analyze an issue and determine which level of government is most appropriate to utilize in addressing the issue

SS 12.1.2.e

Describe the roles and influences of individuals, groups, and the media as checks on governmental practices (e.g., interest groups, political action committees, lobbyists, public opinion polls)

SS 12.1.2.f

Critique various media sources for accuracy and perspective

SS 12.2.1

Students will assess how market forces guide the owners of land, labor, and capital and determine the allocation of wealth in the economy.

SS 12.2.1.a

Explain how the factors of production are bought and sold in the market

SS 12.2.1.b

Analyze the role of the product market and the resource market

SS 12.2.1.c

Understand productivity as a measure of the quantity of goods and services produced with a given amount of resources (e.g., Gross Domestic Product)

SS 12.2.1.d

Analyze how market forces determine what producers choose to produce and which combination of productive resources will be most productive

SS 12.2.1.e

Explain how wages/earnings are affected by the market (e.g., value of products, supply and demand of labor, worker skills and qualifications)

SS 12.2.1.f

Explain the role and importance of profit and return on investments to producers. (e.g. increase in supply and expansion of industries)

SS 12.2.10

Students will analyze the roles and responsibilities of government in various economic systems.

SS 12.2.10.a

Examine how governments utilize taxation to provide goods and services to society (e.g., disaster relief, flood control, police protection)

SS 12.2.10.b

Investigate multiple roles of government in a market economy (e.g., forms of taxation, enforcing private property and zoning laws, collecting sales tax)

SS 12.2.10.c

Explore various forms of taxation (earning, consumption, or wealth) and discuss outcomes of various tax philosophies as drivers of economic activity

SS 12.2.10.d

Research the role of government in the development of economic systems (e.g., historic and current examples of command, market, traditional, mixed systems)

SS 12.2.10.e

Analyze government policies and regulations in areas of market failure (e.g., monopolies, externalities, property rights)

SS 12.2.11

Students will examine the governments influence on economic systems through fiscal policy.

SS 12.2.11.a

Examine how governments can use taxing and spending policies to influence behavior (e.g., alcohol tax, home mortgage interest deduction)

SS 12.2.11.b

Examine the impact of fiscal policy on budget deficits\surpluses and national debt

SS 12.2.11.c

Examine the impact of the unemployment rate on the economy (frictional, structural, cyclical)

SS 12.2.12

Students will evaluate how international trade benefits individuals, organizations, and nations

SS 12.2.12.a

Analyze the effects of various trade policies (e.g., identify short term/long term impacts)

SS 12.2.12.b

Identify goods which are available at a lower price because of international trade the prices and quantity of goods in the domestic market

SS 12.2.12.c

Explain how trade barriers impact the prices and quantity of goods in the domestic market

SS 12.2.13

Students will evaluate how international trade affects the domestic economy.

SS 12.2.13.a

Identify goods which are available at a lower price because of international trade

SS 12.2.13.b

Explain how trade barriers impact the prices and quantity of goods in the domestic market

SS 12.2.2

Students will illustrate how markets determine prices and allocate goods and services.

SS 12.2.2.a

Understand demand, quantity demanded, and changes in demand

SS 12.2.2.b

Understand supply, quantity supplied, and changes in supply

SS 12.2.2.c

Understand that equilibrium price and quantity are determined by supply and demand

SS 12.2.2.d

Hypothesize how competition between sellers could results in lower prices, higher quality products, and better customer service

SS 12.2.2.e

Hypothesize how producers and consumers affect market prices and quantities through the goods and services they produce and buy (e.g., shifts in supply and demand, price elasticity)

SS 12.2.3

Students will analyze how economic institutions impact individuals and groups.

SS 12.2.3.a

Analyze how various economic institutions have played a role in United States economic policy and practice (e.g., corporations, labor unions, financial institutions, stock markets, cooperatives, and business partnerships)

SS 12.2.3.b

Describe how measures used by economic institutions are calculated (e.g., trends and business cycles using GDP, unemployment rates, inflation rates)

SS 12.2.3.c

Explain how banks and a sound monetary system are critical to a functioning economy

SS 12.2.3.d

Describe the functions and role of the Federal Reserve System and its influence through monetary policy (e.g., balancing inflation and unemployment)

SS 12.2.3.e

Understand how financial markets determine the cost of borrowing and influence the level of economic activity

SS 12.2.4

Students will assess how private ownership of property is a basic institution of a market economy.

SS 12.2.4.a

Assess how property rights are defined, enforced, and limited by government (e.g., zoning laws, eminent domain, Homestead Act, copyright laws, patents, and intellectual property)

SS 12.2.4.b

Describe the role of market economy in United States history (e.g., periods of prosperity, recessions, and overall growth)

SS 12.2.5

Students will recognize and predict the impact that various economic systems will have on people.

SS 12.2.5.a

Develop a logical argument debating the merits of various economic systems (e.g., traditional, command, market, mixed)

SS 12.2.5.b

Evaluate the historical use of various economic systems

SS 12.2.5.c

Compare the standard of living with other countries (Germany, Brazil, Russia, India, China)

SS 12.2.6

Students will understand economic concepts that support rational decision making

SS 12.2.6.a

Explore employment trends and reasons for growth and decline in employment

SS 12.2.6.b

Make career decisions by systematically considering alternatives and consequences through the use of cost benefit analysis

SS 12.2.6.c

Assess the incentives for investing in personal education, skills, and talents

SS 12.2.6.d

Identify various ways people earn a living by using career programs to explore opportunities (e.g., Nebraska Career Education)

SS 12.2.7

Students will apply effective money management concepts.

SS 12.2.7.a

Organize personal finances and use a budget to manage cash flow

SS 12.2.7.b

Compare and contrast checking and savings accounts

SS 12.2.7.c

Assess the effects of taxes on personal income

SS 12.2.8

Students will critique strategies used to establish, build, maintain, monitor, and control credit.

SS 12.2.8.a

Analyze factors that affect the choice of credit, the cost of credit, and the legal aspects of using credit

SS 12.2.8.b

Identify strategies of establishing and maintaining a good credit rating for effective credit management (e.g., credit cards, auto loans, mortgages)

SS 12.2.8.c

Compare and contrast the cost and benefits of various lending institutions (e.g., banks, credit unions, paycheck advance businesses, pawn shops)

SS 12.2.8.d

Students will identify situations when borrowing money and paying interest may be a wise or unwise decision

SS 12.2.9

Students will evaluate savings, investment, and risk management strategies to achieve financial goals.

SS 12.2.9.a

Explain the importance of saving to ensure financial security

SS 12.2.9.b

Implement an investment strategy that is compatible with personal goals (e.g., stocks, bonds, mutual funds, retirement plans)

SS 12.2.9.c

Analyze appropriate and cost effective risk management strategies (e.g., health, disability, life, auto insurance)

SS 12.3.1

Students will analyze where (spatial) and why people, places, and environments are organized on the Earths surface.

SS 12.3.1.a

Analyze geographical information sources (e.g., map, globe, atlas, remote sensing, GPS, and GIS)

SS 12.3.1.b

Apply map scale as a geographical tool and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of projections (e.g., large scale/small scale, Peters, Mercator, plane, conical, cylindrical)

SS 12.3.1.c

Analyze mental maps and spatial relationships. (e.g., city development, urban planning based on railroads, location of natural resources)

SS 12.3.1.d

Apply spatial thinking to investigate issues and justify decisions. (e.g., consolidation of schools, closing of post offices)

SS 12.3.2

Students will examine how regions form and change over time.

SS 12.3.2.a

Analyze physical and human processes that shape places and regions (e.g., erosion, international trade, weathering, climate, migration, international trade )

SS 12.3.2.b

Examine the importance of places and regions to individual and social identity (e.g., nationalism, national monuments, local legends, parks, sub-cultures, nationalism, territoriality, iconography)

SS 12.3.2.c

Analyze the changes in places and regions over time (e.g., migration, urbanization, fertility and mortality, industrialization)

SS 12.3.2.d

Analyze the interdependence of places and regions. (e.g., international trade, NAFTA, EU)

SS 12.3.2.e

Analyze critical issues and problems of places and regions. (e.g., current events)

SS 12.3.2.f

Apply regional analysis of geographic issues and questions. (e.g., discussing current events and issues of the day in a geographical context)

SS 12.3.3

Students will interpret how natural processes interact to create the natural environment

SS 12.3.3.a

Identify and explain components of Earths physical system (i.e., atmosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere)

SS 12.3.3.b

Explain plate tectonics/continental drift and predict changes over time to the earths land and oceans

SS 12.3.3.c

Identify and explain world patterns of extreme events

SS 12.3.3.d

Identify and explain global ocean and atmospheric systems

SS 12.3.3.e

Compare and contrast world climate regions

SS 12.3.4

Students will analyze and interpret patterns of culture around the world.

SS 12.3.4.a

Distinguish population characteristics by world regions, country, and regions within countries (e.g., demographic transition, fertility, mortality, migration rates, population pyramids)

SS 12.3.4.b

Analyze the push and pull factors (economic, political, and cultural) driving human migration and the impacts on the source regions and destinations (e.g., the impact of migration to North America, South America, Australia and New Zealand)

SS 12.3.4.c

Compare and contrast changes in human settlement patterns over time

SS 12.3.4.d

Compare and contrast internal structures of cities in developed and developing countries

SS 12.3.4.e

Evaluate the spread of cultural traits to distinguish between convergence and divergence of cultures (e.g., convergence: spread of democratic ideas, patronage of chain coffee houses, introduction of fast food restaurants worldwide; divergence: restrictions on the change of local language)

SS 12.3.4.f

Determine the level of development and standard of living in nations using economic, social, and demographic indicators (e.g., gross domestic product per capita, life expectancy, literacy, infant mortality)

SS 12.3.4.g

Evaluate the benefits and challenges of globalization (e.g., regional specialization, trade, multinational businesses, pandemics, loss of local cultures)

SS 12.3.4.h

Identify and analyze patterns of power and influence of sovereign nations and organized nation groups (e.g., NATO, United Nations, European Union)

SS 12.3.4.i

Identify and explain the factors that contribute to cooperation and conflict within and between countries.

SS 12.3.5

Students will evaluate interrelationships between people and the environment.

SS 12.3.5.a

Analyze the consequences of extreme weather and other natural disasters such as El Nino, floods, tsunamis, droughts, and volcanoes

SS 12.3.5.b

Evaluate ways that humans depend on, adapt to, and modify the physical environment (e.g., agriculture, water supply, raw materials for economic development, land use practices, the use of technology to overcome climate, terrain, distances, and resource availability)

SS 12.3.5.c

Evaluate successful solutions and problems related to the physical environment from a geographical perspective (e.g., the role of irrigation, contour farming and hybrid seeds in expansion of agriculture in the Midwest; the role of air conditioning in the industrialization of the South; recent global climate change theories, and evidence that supports and refutes such theories)

SS 12.3.5.d

Investigate the role of technology in the supply of, and substitution for, natural resources (e.g., PVC replacing copper pipes, synthetics for natural rubber, horizontal drilling, fracking, and the use of tar sands in oil recovery)

SS 12.3.5.e

Analyze the impacts of technological innovations in shaping human interaction on the physical environment (e.g., agriculture, air conditioning, desalinization)

SS 12.3.6

Students will analyze issues and/or events using the geographic knowledge and skills to make informed decisions.

SS 12.3.6.a

Apply geographic knowledge and skills (e.g., ask geographic questions, acquire, analyze, and present geographic information)

SS 12.3.6.b

Identify and evaluate how geographic knowledge and geographic techniques are applied to improve our lives or solve problems (e.g., use global information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), satellite images, and maps to find the best location for a new store, identify potential customers, or determine the optimum usage of irrigation and fertilizers, mapping cases of cholera to determine that city water supply was contaminated)

SS 12.4.1

(US) Students will analyze how major past and current US events are chronologically connected, and evaluate their impact(s) upon one another.

SS 12.4.1.a

(US) Describe concepts of time and chronology (e.g., Progressive Era, Expansion, World War I, The Depression, The New Deal, World War II, Cold War, Civil Rights Era, Space Exploration, Economic Boom and Recessions, Contemporary United States)

SS 12.4.1.b

(US) Select, record, and interpret key national and global events in chronological order (e.g., timelines with eras and selected key event)

SS 12.4.1.c

(US) Examine the chronology of historical events in the United States and throughout the world to evaluate their impact on the past, present, and future

SS 12.4.2

(US) Students will analyze and evaluate the impact of people, events, ideas, and symbols upon US history using multiple types of sources.

SS 12.4.2.a

(US) Analyze and evaluate the impact of people, events, ideas, and symbols, including various cultures and ethnic groups, on history in the United States (e.g., unique nature of the creation and organization of the American Government, the United States as an exceptional nation based upon personal freedom, the inherent nature of citizens' rights, and democratic ideals; Progressive Era: Teddy Roosevelt, The Jungle , Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffrage; World War I: Woodrow Wilson, League of Nations, Harlem Renaissance, Jazz, Prohibition, The Depression: Franklin Delano Roosevelt; World War II: Dwight Eisenhower, internment camps, Holocaust; Cold War: Marshall Plan, John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Korea, Vietnam, Ronald Reagan; Civil Rights Era: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, NAACP, AIM, Cesar Chavez, Supreme Court decisions such as Brown v. Board of Education, key legislation; Contemporary United States: patriotism, Watergate, Sandra Day O'Connor, Clarence Thomas, fall of the Berlin Wall, Colin Powell, 9/11, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates)

SS 12.4.2.b

(US) Analyze and evaluate how the United States has changed over the course of time, using maps, documents, and other artifacts

SS 12.4.2.c

(US) Analyze and evaluate the appropriate uses of primary and secondary sources

SS 12.4.3

(US) Students will analyze and evaluate historical and current events from multiple perspectives.

SS 12.4.3.a

(US) Analyze and evaluate how multiple perspectives facilitate the understanding of the full story of US history (e.g., Immigration, early 20th Century African American leaders, World Wars, international trade agreements, womens rights)

SS 12.4.3.b

(US) Compare and contrast primary and secondary sources to better understand multiple perspectives of the same event (e.g., Equal Rights Amendment, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Declaration of War speech, the Pentagon Papers)

SS 12.4.4

(US) Students will identify and evaluate the effects of past, current, and potential future events, issues, and problems.

SS 12.4.4.a

(US) Compare and evaluate contradictory historical narratives of Twentieth-Century U.S. History through determination of credibility, contextualization, and corroboration

SS 12.4.4.b

(US) Evaluate and formulate a position on alternative courses of action in United States and around the globe (e.g., What are the possible outcomes of peace treaties? )

SS 12.4.4.c

(US) Evaluate how decisions affected events in the United States (e.g., Supreme Court Decisions, revolutions, alliances, treaties)

SS 12.4.4.d

(US) Analyze and evaluate multiple causes and effects of key events in US history (e.g., World Wars I and II, Korean Conflict, Cuban Missile Crisis, assassination of political leaders, Vietnam Conflict, Middle East Peace Efforts, 9/11 and other acts of terrorism)

SS 12.4.4.e

(US) Evaluate the relationships among historical events in the United States and the students' lives today (i.e., current events)

SS 12.4.5

(US) Students will develop historical research skills.

SS 12.4.5.a

(US) Develop questions about United States history

SS 12.4.5.b

(US) Obtain, analyze, evaluate, and cite appropriate sources for research about Twentieth-Century U.S. History, incorporating primary and secondary sources (e.g., Cite sources using a prescribed format.)

SS 12.4.5.c

(US) Gather historical information about the United States (e.g., document archives, artifacts, newspapers, interviews)

SS 12.4.5.d

(US) Present an evaluation of historical information about the United States (e.g., pictures, posters, oral/written narratives, and electronic presentations)