I Students are able to identify important people and events in order to analyze significant patterns, relationships, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in New Mexico, United States, and world history in order to understand the complexity of the human experience.
I-A Describe how contemporary and historical people and events have influenced New Mexico communities and regions
1 Identify important issues, events, and individuals from New Mexico pre-history to the present.
2 Describe the role of contemporary figures and how their contributions and perspectives are creating impact in New Mexico.
I-B Understand connections among historical events, people, and symbols significant to United States history and cultures.
1 Describe local events and their connections and relationships to national history.
I-C Students will identify and describe similar historical characteristics of the United States and its neighboring countries.
1 Explain how historical events, people, and culture influence present day Canada, Mexico, and the United States (e.g., food, art, shelter, language).
III Students understand the ideals, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship and understand the content and history of the founding documents of the United States with particular emphasis on the United States and New Mexico constitutions and how governments function at local, state, tribal, and national levels.
III-A Know the fundamental purposes, concepts, structures, and functions of local, state, tribal, and national governments.
1 Explain how the organization of New Mexico's government changed during its early history.
2 Compare how the State of New Mexico serves national interests and the interests of New Mexicans.
3 Explain the difference between making laws, carrying out the laws, and determining if the laws have been broken, and identify the government bodies that perform these functions at the local, state, tribal, and national levels.
III-B Identify and describe the symbols, icons, songs, traditions, and leaders of local, state, tribal, and national levels that exemplify ideals and provide continuity and a sense of community across time.
IV Students understand basic economic principles and use economic reasoning skills to analyze the impact of economic systems (including the market economy) on individuals, families, businesses, communities, and governments.
IV-A Understand that individuals, households, businesses, governments, and societies make decisions that affect the distribution of resources and that these decisions are influenced by incentives (both economic and intrinsic).
1 Understand when choices are made that those choices impose "opportunity costs."