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Skills available for Washington seventh-grade social studies standards

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EALR 1 The student understands and applies knowledge of government, law, politics, and the nation's fundamental documents to make decisions about local, national, and international issues and to demonstrate thoughtful, participatory citizenship.

  • 1.1 Understands key ideals and principles of the United States, including those in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other fundamental documents.

    • 1.1.1 Understands how key ideals set forth in fundamental documents, including the Washington State Constitution and tribal treaties, define the goals of our state.

    • 1.1.2 Analyzes the relationship between the actions of people in Washington State and the ideals outlined in the State Constitution.

  • 1.2 Understands the purposes, organization, and function of governments, laws, and political systems.

  • 1.3 Understands the purposes and organization of international relationships and U.S. foreign policy.

    • 1.3.1 Analyzes how international agreements have affected Washington State in the past or present.

  • 1.4 Understands civic involvement.

    • 1.4.1 Understands the effectiveness of different forms of civic involvement.

EALR 2 The student applies understanding of economic concepts and systems to analyze decision-making and the interactions between individuals, households, businesses, governments, and societies.

  • 2.1 Understands that people have to make choices between wants and needs and evaluate the outcomes of those choices.

    • 2.1.1 Analyzes the importance of financial literacy in making economic choices related to spending, saving, and investing.

  • 2.2 Understands how economic systems function.

  • 2.3 Understands the government's role in the economy.

    • 2.3.1 Understands and analyzes the role of government in the economy of Washington State through taxation, spending, and policy setting in the past or present.

  • 2.4 Understands the economic issues and problems that all societies face.

    • 2.4.1 Understands and analyzes the distribution of wealth and sustainability of resources in Washington State.

EALR 3 The student uses a spatial perspective to make reasoned decisions by applying the concepts of location, region, and movement and demonstrating knowledge of how geographic features and human cultures impact environments.

EALR 4 The student understands and applies knowledge of historical thinking, chronology, eras, turning points, major ideas, individuals, and themes of local, Washington State, tribal, United States, and world history in order to evaluate how history shapes the present and future.

EALR 5 The student understands and applies reasoning skills to conduct research, deliberate, form, and evaluate positions through the processes of reading, writing, and communicating.

  • 5.1 Uses critical reasoning skills to analyze and evaluate positions.

    • 5.1.1 Understands evidence supporting a position on an issue or event.

    • 5.1.2 Evaluates the breadth of evidence supporting positions on an issue or event.

  • 5.2 Uses inquiry-based research.

    • 5.2.1 Creates and uses research questions to guide inquiry on an issue or event.

    • 5.2.2 Evaluates the breadth of primary and secondary sources and analyzes notes to determine the need for additional information while researching an issue or event.

  • 5.3 Deliberates public issues.

    • 5.3.1 Analyzes and responds to multiple viewpoints on public issues brought forth in the context of a discussion.

  • 5.4 Creates a product that uses social studies content to support a thesis and presents the product in an appropriate manner to a meaningful audience.

    • 5.4.1 Analyzes multiple factors, makes generalizations, and interprets primary sources to formulate a thesis in a paper or presentation.

    • 5.4.2 Creates annotated bibliography or works cited page using an appropriate format.