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Skills available for Minnesota eighth-grade social studies standards

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1 Citizenship and Government

  • 1 Civic Skills

    • 1 Democratic government depends on informed and engaged citizens who exhibit civic skills and values, practice civic discourse, vote and participate in elections, apply inquiry and analysis skills and take action to solve problems and shape public policy.

  • 5 Relationships of the United States to other nations and organizations

    • 11 International political and economic institutions influence world affairs and United States foreign policy.

    • 12 Governments are based on different political philosophies and purposes; governments establish and maintain relationships with varied types of other governments.

      • Explain how different types of governments reflect historically and culturally specific understandings of the relationships between the individual, government and society.

2 Economics

  • 1 Economic Reasoning Skills

    • 1 People make informed economic choices by identifying their goals, interpreting and applying data, considering the short- and long-run costs and benefits of alternative choices and revising their goals based on their analysis.

  • 3 Fundamental Concepts

    • 4 Economic systems differ in the ways that they address the three basic economic issues of allocation, production and distribution to meet society's broad economic goals.

      • Identify factors which affect economic growth (percentage changes in real Gross Domestic Product—real GDP) and lead to a different standard of living in different countries.

      • Identify characteristics of command, mixed, and market-based (capitalist) economies; classify the economic systems of countries in a given region.

  • 5 Macro-economics

    • 12 International trade, exchange rates and international institutions affect individuals, organizations and governments throughout the world.

      • Explain why trade is mutually beneficial to countries; define and apply absolute and comparative advantage with respect to international trade.

3 Geography

4 History