West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Social Studies — Grade 4

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identify, explain and critique commonly held American democratic Values (e.g., diversity, family values, community service, justice, liberty, etc.) through established documents ( e.g., Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc.)


compare and contrast the powers of each branch of government and identify the responsibilities and rights of United States citizens.


explore the concepts of rule of law to create a visual or oral presentation of how these concepts protect individual rights and the common good.


demonstrate patriotism by creating and implementing school/community service projects (e.g., litter clean up, fundraisers for community groups, partipation in community holiday parades, celebrations, services, etc.).


investigate and recognize people as consumers and as producers of goods, and the effects of competition and supply demand-on prices through projeccs (e.g., developing budgets, or products in simulated situations, etc.).


analyze communication techniques that impact consumer choices (e.g., print/non-print, advertisement, media, etc.) while distinguishing the relationship of taxation and public services.


determine jobs that are needed according to supply and demand on a national level.


examine and research how slavery and indentured servitude influenced the early economy of the United States by contructing graphics (e.g., charts, graphs, tables and grids, etc.) displaying the effect of having slaves and indentured servants.


describe and locate examples of the major physical features of the United States (e.g., bodies of water, mountains, rivers, grasslands, oases, etc.) using refernces and technology (e.g.,atlas, globe, Global Information Sysyem, etc.).


document the effects of and explain how people adapted to geographic factors (e.g., climate, mountains, bodies of water etc.) on the following: transportation routes, settlement patterns and population density, culture (e.g., jobs, food, clothing, shelter, religion, government, etc.), interactions with others ( local and national).


compare and contrast the physical, economics and political changes to America caused by geographic conditions and human intervention (e.g., bridges, canals,state boundaries, transportation, etc.).


plan and construct maps to demonstrate the effect of geographic condition on historical events (e.g., colonization, industry, agriculture, major engagements in the Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion, etc.).


analyze the southern, middle and northern colonies (e.g., origins, early government, resources, religious and cultural diversity, etc.).


compare and contrast community life, family roles and social classes in colonial America (e.g., indentured servants, slaves, colonists, etc.).


compare and contrast backgrounds, motivations and occupational skills between English, French and Spanish settlers (e.g., economics, culture, trade, new agricultural products, etc.).


expalin the political economic factors leading to the American Revolution (e.g., French and Indian War, British colonial policies, and American colonists' early resistance, etc.).


explain the major ideas reflected in the Declaration of Independence.


summarize the roles of the principal American, British and European leaders involve in the conflict (e.g., King George III, Ben Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, and Marquis de Lafayette, etc.).


explain the contributions of the Native Americans, French and the Dutch during the Revolutionary War, and list the contributions of womens and African Americans during and after the American Revolution.


compare and contrast the various form of government in effect from 1774-1854 (e.g., Continental Congress, Article of Confederation, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc.).


research the contributions of early American historic figures (e.g., George Washington, John Adams, Abigail Adams. Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, Dolly Madison, etc.).


explain the politcal, social and economic challenges faced by the new nation (e.g., development of political parties, expansion of slavery, taxation, etc.).


investigate the economic, political and cultural factors involved in the Westward Expansion (e.g., Land Ordinance of 1785, Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Indian Remoaval Act, Trail of Tears, Manifest Destiny, resources, trade, etc.).


analyze the people and events that facilitated Westward Expansion (e.g., Daniel Boone, Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, Northwest Territory, Alamo, Gold Rush, etc.).


trace transportation innovations and explain their impact on Westward Expansion (e.g., bridges, canals,steamboats, railroads, steam engines, clipper ships, flat boats, roads, dams, locks, ports, harbors, etc.).


analyze the impact of West Virginia's goegraphy on transportation, settlement, jobs, clothing, food, shelter, services and interaction with others outside the state.


compare and contrast West Virginia's population , products, resources and transportation from the 18th century through modern day.


pose, research and answer student-generated questions relating to West Virginia (e.g., primary source documents, magazines, online resources, etc.).