B analyze the historical background of various contemporary societies to evaluate relationships between past conflicts and current conditions.
2 The student understands the influences of individuals and groups from various cultures on various historical and contemporary societies.
A identify and describe the influence of individual or group achievements on various historical or contemporary societies such as the classical Greeks on government and the American Revolution on the French Revolution; and
3 The student uses geographic tools to answer geographic questions.
A pose and answer geographic questions, including: Where is it located? Why is it there? What is significant about its location? How is its location related to the location of other people, places, and environments?;
D create thematic maps, graphs, charts, models, and databases depicting aspects such as population, disease, and economic activities of various world regions and countries.
4 The student understands the factors that influence the locations and characteristics of locations of various contemporary societies on maps and globes and uses latitude and longitude to determine absolute locations.
A locate various contemporary societies on maps and globes using latitude and longitude to determine absolute location;
E draw sketch maps that illustrate various places and regions; and
F identify the location of major world countries such as Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Russia, South Africa, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Iran, India, Pakistan, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan), Japan, North and South Korea, Indonesia, and Australia.
B identify geographic factors such as location, physical features, transportation corridors and barriers, and distribution of natural resources that influence a society's ability to control territory; and
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.
A identify and describe how culture traits such as trade, travel, and war spread;
C make predictions about future social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental impacts that may result from future scientific discoveries and technological innovations.
Social studies skills.
21 The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired through established research methodologies 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; and artifacts to acquire information about various world cultures;
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;
22 The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms.
A use social studies terminology correctly;
B incorporate main and supporting ideas in verbal and written communication based on research;
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 based on research;
E use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation; and
F use proper citations to avoid plagiarism.
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.