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Skills available for Texas sixth-grade social studies standards

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  • 8 The student understands the factors of production in a society's economy.

  • 9 The student understands the various ways in which people organize economic systems.

    • A compare ways in which various societies organize the production and distribution of goods and services;

    • B compare and contrast free enterprise, socialist, and communist economies in various contemporary societies, including the benefits of the U.S. free enterprise system;

    • C understand the importance of morality and ethics in maintaining a functional free enterprise system; and

    • D examine the record of collective, non-free market economic systems in contemporary world societies.

  • 10 The student understands categories of economic activities and the data used to measure a society's economic level.

    • A define and give examples of agricultural, wholesale, retail, manufacturing (goods), and service industries;

    • B describe levels of economic development of various societies using indicators such as life expectancy, gross domestic product (GDP), GDP per capita, and literacy; and

    • C identify and describe the effects of government regulation and taxation on economic development and business planning.


  • 11 The student understands the concepts of limited and unlimited governments.

    • A identify and describe examples of limited and unlimited governments such as constitutional (limited) and totalitarian (unlimited);

    • B compare the characteristics of limited and unlimited governments;

    • C identify reasons for limiting the power of government; and

    • D review the record of human rights abuses of limited or unlimited governments such as the oppression of Christians in Sudan.

  • 12 The student understands various ways in which people organize governments.


  • 13 The student understands that the nature of citizenship varies among societies.

    • A describe roles and responsibilities of citizens in various contemporary societies, including the United States;

    • B explain how opportunities for citizens to participate in and influence the political process vary among various contemporary societies; and

    • C compare the role of citizens in the United States with the role of citizens from various contemporary societies with representative and nonrepresentative governments.

  • 14 The student understands the relationship among individual rights, responsibilities, duties, and freedoms in societies with representative governments.

    • A identify and explain the duty of civic participation in societies with representative governments; and

    • B explain relationships among rights, responsibilities, and duties in societies with representative governments.


  • 15 The student understands the similarities and differences within and among cultures in various world societies.

    • A define culture and the common traits that unify a culture region;

    • B identify and describe common traits that define cultures;

    • C define a multicultural society and consider both the positive and negative qualities of multiculturalism;

    • D analyze the experiences and evaluate the contributions of diverse groups to multicultural societies;

    • E analyze the similarities and differences among various world societies; and

    • F identify and explain examples of conflict and cooperation between and among cultures.

  • 16 The student understands that all societies have basic institutions in common even though the characteristics of these institutions may differ.

    • A identify institutions basic to all societies, including government, economic, educational, and religious institutions;

    • B compare characteristics of institutions in various contemporary societies; and

    • C analyze the efforts and activities institutions use to sustain themselves over time such as the development of an informed citizenry through education and the use of monumental architecture by religious institutions.

  • 17 The student understands relationships that exist among world cultures.

  • 18 The student understands the relationship that exists between the arts and the societies in which they are produced.

  • 19 The student understands the relationships among religion, philosophy, and culture.

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