21 The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology.
A differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as computer software; interviews; biographies; oral, print, and visual material; documents; and artifacts to acquire information about the United States and Texas;
B analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions;
B incorporate main and supporting ideas in verbal and written communication;
C express ideas orally based on research and experiences;
D create written and visual material such as journal entries, reports, graphic organizers, outlines, and bibliographies; and
E use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation.
23 The student uses problem-solving and decision-making skills, working independently and with others, in a variety of settings.
A use a problem-solving process to identify a problem, gather information, list and consider options, consider advantages and disadvantages, choose and implement a solution, and evaluate the effectiveness of the solution; and
B use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision.