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K-12 Grade Bands

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Grade Band 6-12 logoA high-quality Social Studies program is essential for all students. It provides a foundation for intelligent and precise thinking. Social Studies should also prepare every student to contribute to society as an informed citizen. To be a responsible and productive member of today’s society, a student needs to have a broad, connected, and useful knowledge of Social Studies.

6TH GradeWith Glossary Icon6th Grade Standards, your child will be studying about the western civilizations. 

7th GradeWith Glossary Icon7th Grade Standards, your child will be studying about North Dakota.

8th GradeWith Glossary Icon8th Grade Standards, your child will be studying about America's past and ND Studies.


SST-HS.MS Middle School History Domain


SST-MS.WH_e1 World History

Era 1: Emergence of Civilizations and Religions Around the Globe
SST-06.WH_e1.01 Analyze historical achievements related to science and technology.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.01.1 Explain multiple achievements of civilizations and connect them to the present.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.01.2 Describe the belief systems or religions of early civilizations.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.01.3 Explain the impact of the development of agriculture on the social, cultural, and economic lives of individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.01.4 Explain how political systems impacted the people in Greece and Rome and how those political systems connect to the present.
SST-06.WH_e1.02 Explain historical changes related to religions and ideologies.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.02.1 Explain multiple achievements of civilizations and connect them to the present.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.02.2 Describe the belief systems or religions of early civilizations.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.02.3 Explain the impact of the development of agriculture on the social, cultural, and economic lives of individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.02.4 Explain how political systems impacted the people in Greece and Rome and how those political systems connect to the present.
SST-06.WH_e1.03 Analyze the effects of different political systems on people.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.03.1 Explain multiple achievements of civilizations and connect them to the present.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.03.2 Describe the belief systems or religions of early civilizations.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.03.3 Explain the impact of the development of agriculture on the social, cultural, and economic lives of individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.03.4 Explain how political systems impacted the people in Greece and Rome and how those political systems connect to the present
SST-06.WH_e1.04 Analyze the influence of social, cultural, and economic developments on individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.04.1 Explain multiple achievements of civilizations and connect them to the present.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.04.2 Describe the belief systems or religions of early civilizations.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.04.3 Explain the impact of the development of agriculture on the social, cultural, and economic lives of individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.04.4 Explain how political systems impacted the people in Greece and Rome and how those political systems connect to the present
SST-06.WH_e1.05 Analyze causes and effects of global events in the past using primary and/or secondary sources.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.05.1 Explain multiple achievements of civilizations and connect them to the present.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.05.2 Describe the belief systems or religions of early civilizations.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.05.3 Explain the impact of the development of agriculture on the social, cultural, and economic lives of individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.05.4 Explain how political systems impacted the people in Greece and Rome and how those political systems connect to the present.
SST-06.WH_e1.06 Explain how past events connect to the present.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.06.1 Explain multiple achievements of civilizations and connect them to the present.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.06.2 Describe the belief systems or religions of early civilizations.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.06.3 Explain the impact of the development of agriculture on the social, cultural, and economic lives of individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e1.06.4 Explain how political systems impacted the people in Greece and Rome and how those political systems connect to the present.

SST-MS.WH_e2 World History

Era 2: Middle Ages and the Renaissance
SST-06.WH_e2.01 Analyze historical achievements related to science and technology.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.01.1 Explain the causes and effects of Medieval social structures using primary and secondary sources.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.01.2 Explain how the relationship between religious and political bodies impacted the social, cultural, or economic developments of individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.01.3 Explain the emergence of cultural interaction between Europe and other civilizations.
SST-06.WH_e2.02 Explain historical changes related to religions and ideologies.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.02.1 Explain the causes and effects of Medieval social structures using primary and secondary sources.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.02.2 Explain how the relationship between religious and political bodies impacted the social, cultural, or economic developments of individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.02.3 Explain the emergence of cultural interaction between Europe and other civilizations.
SST-06.WH_e2.03 Analyze the effects of different political systems on people.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.03.1 Explain the causes and effects of Medieval social structures using primary and secondary sources.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.03.2 Explain how the relationship between religious and political bodies impacted the social, cultural, or economic developments of individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.03.3 Explain the emergence of cultural interaction between Europe and other civilizations.
SST-06.WH_e2.04 Analyze the influence of social, cultural, and economic developments on individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.04.1 Explain the causes and effects of Medieval social structures using primary and secondary sources.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.04.2 Explain how the relationship between religious and political bodies impacted the social, cultural, or economic developments of individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.04.3 Explain the emergence of cultural interaction between Europe and other civilizations.
SST-06.WH_e2.05 Analyze causes and effects of global events in the past using primary and/or secondary sources.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.05.1 Explain the causes and effects of Medieval social structures using primary and secondary sources.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.05.2 Explain how the relationship between religious and political bodies impacted the social, cultural, or economic developments of individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.05.3 Explain the emergence of cultural interaction between Europe and other civilizations.
SST-06.WH_e2.06 Explain how past events connect to the present.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.06.1 Explain the causes and effects of Medieval social structures using primary and secondary sources.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.06.2 Explain how the relationship between religious and political bodies impacted the social, cultural, or economic developments of individuals.
  • SST-06.WH_e2.06.3 Explain the emergence of cultural interaction between Europe and other civilizations.

SST-MS.US_e1 United States History

Era 1: Creation and Foundation of United States Government (1754-1814)
SST-08.US_e1.01 Analyze primary and secondary sources with attention to reliability, impact, and purpose.
  • SST-08.US_e1.01.1 Explain the social, political, and cultural causes and immediate consequences of the American Revolution.
  • SST-08.US_e1.01.2 Explain the development of early United States government.
  • SST-08.US_e1.01.3 Explain the development of United States society after the American Revolution.
  • SST-08.US_e1.01.4 Explain the importance of foreign and domestic decisions of the early United States government, its leaders, and political parties.
SST-08.US_e1.02 Examine the impact of multiple perspectives on social, political, and cultural development.
  • SST-08.US_e1.02.1 Explain the social, political, and cultural causes and immediate consequences of the American Revolution.
  • SST-08.US_e1.02.2 Explain the development of early United States government.
  • SST-08.US_e1.02.3 Explain the development of United States society after the American Revolution.
  • SST-08.US_e1.02.4 Explain the importance of foreign and domestic decisions of the early United States government, its leaders, and political parties.
SST-08.US_e1.03 Explain the relationship of events focusing on the link(s) between cause and effect.
  • SST-08.US_e1.03.1 Explain the social, political, and cultural causes and immediate consequences of the American Revolution.
  • SST-08.US_e1.03.2 Explain the development of early United States government.
  • SST-08.US_e1.03.3 Explain the development of United States society after the American Revolution.
  • SST-08.US_e1.03.4 Explain the importance of foreign and domestic decisions of the early United States government, its leaders, and political parties.
SST-08.US_e1.04 Compare how historical elements change over time.
  • SST-08.US_e1.04.1 Explain the social, political, and cultural causes and immediate consequences of the American Revolution.
  • SST-08.US_e1.04.2 Explain the development of early United States government.
  • SST-08.US_e1.04.3 Explain the development of United States society after the American Revolution.
  • SST-08.US_e1.04.4 Explain the importance of foreign and domestic decisions of the early United States government, its leaders, and political parties.
SST-08.US_e1.05 Analyze the significant contributions of people and policy, and the influence on an era.
  • SST-08.US_e1.05.1 Explain the social, political, and cultural causes and immediate consequences of the American Revolution.
  • SST-08.US_e1.05.2 Explain the development of early United States government.
  • SST-08.US_e1.05.3 Explain the development of United States society after the American Revolution.
  • SST-08.US_e1.05.4 Explain the importance of foreign and domestic decisions of the early United States government, its leaders, and political parties.
SST-08.US_e1.06 Connect the past to the present using current events.
  • SST-08.US_e1.06.1 Explain the social, political, and cultural causes and immediate consequences of the American Revolution.
  • SST-08.US_e1.06.2 Explain the development of early United States government.
  • SST-08.US_e1.06.3 Explain the development of United States society after the American Revolution.
  • SST-08.US_e1.06.4 Explain the importance of foreign and domestic decisions of the early United States government, its leaders, and political parties.

SST-MS.US_e2 United States History

Era 2: Growth and Division in the Union (1814-1877)
SST-08.US_e2.01 Analyze primary and secondary sources with attention to reliability, impact, and purpose.
  • SST-08.US_e2.01.1 Analyze the impacts of social, religious, and/or cultural movements.
  • SST-08.US_e2.01.2 Compare and contrast how the causes of the sectional divide within the United States impacted federal policy.
  • SST-08.US_e2.01.3 Explain how westward expansion affected the social, economic, and political landscape of the United States.
  • SST-08.US_e2.01.4 Explain the changing Native American federal policy and the impact on tribal sovereignty.
  • SST-08.US_e2.01.5 Explain the social, economic, and political causes and effects of the Civil War.
  • SST-08.US_e2.01.6 Explain the social, economic, and political effects of Reconstruction.
SST-08.US_e2.02 Examine the impact of multiple perspectives on social, political, and cultural development.
  • SST-08.US_e2.02.1 Analyze the impacts of social, religious, and/or cultural movements.
  • SST-08.US_e2.02.2 Compare and contrast how the causes of the sectional divide within the United States impacted federal policy.
  • SST-08.US_e2.02.3 Explain how westward expansion affected the social, economic, and political landscape of the United States.
  • SST-08.US_e2.02.4 Explain the changing Native American federal policy and the impact on tribal sovereignty.
  • SST-08.US_e2.02.5 Explain the social, economic, and political causes and effects of the Civil War.
  • SST-08.US_e2.02.6 Explain the social, economic, and political effects of Reconstruction.
SST-08.US_e2.03 Explain the relationship of events focusing on the link(s) between cause and effect.
  • SST-08.US_e2.03.1 Analyze the impacts of social, religious, and/or cultural movements.
  • SST-08.US_e2.03.2 Compare and contrast how the causes of the sectional divide within the United States impacted federal policy.
  • SST-08.US_e2.03.3 Explain how westward expansion affected the social, economic, and political landscape of the United States.
  • SST-08.US_e2.03.4 Explain the changing Native American federal policy and the impact on tribal sovereignty.
  • SST-08.US_e2.03.5 Explain the social, economic, and political causes and effects of the Civil War.
  • SST-08.US_e2.03.6 Explain the social, economic, and political effects of Reconstruction.
SST-08.US_e2.04 Compare how historical elements change over time.
  • SST-08.US_e2.04.1 Analyze the impacts of social, religious, and/or cultural movements.
  • SST-08.US_e2.04.2 Compare and contrast how the causes of the sectional divide within the United States impacted federal policy.
  • SST-08.US_e2.04.3 Explain how westward expansion affected the social, economic, and political landscape of the United States.
  • SST-08.US_e2.04.4 Explain the changing Native American federal policy and the impact on tribal sovereignty.
  • SST-08.US_e2.04.5 Explain the social, economic, and political causes and effects of the Civil War.
  • SST-08.US_e2.04.6 Explain the social, economic, and political effects of Reconstruction.
SST-08.US_e2.05 Analyze the significant contributions of people, policy, and the influence on an era.
  • SST-08.US_e2.05.1 Analyze the impacts of social, religious, and/or cultural movements.
  • SST-08.US_e2.05.2 Compare and contrast how the causes of the sectional divide within the United States impacted federal policy.
  • SST-08.US_e2.05.3 Explain how westward expansion affected the social, economic, and political landscape of the United States.
  • SST-08.US_e2.05.4 Explain the changing Native American federal policy and the impact on tribal sovereignty.
  • SST-08.US_e2.05.5 Explain the social, economic, and political causes and effects of the Civil War.
  • SST-08.US_e2.05.6 Explain the social, economic, and political effects of Reconstruction.
SST-08.US_e2.06 Connect the past to the present using current events.
  • SST-08.US_e2.06.1 Analyze the impacts of social, religious, and/or cultural movements.
  • SST-08.US_e2.06.2 Compare and contrast how the causes of the sectional divide within the United States impacted federal policy.
  • SST-08.US_e2.06.3 Explain how westward expansion affected the social, economic, and political landscape of the United States.
  • SST-08.US_e2.06.4 Explain the changing Native American federal policy and the impact on tribal sovereignty.
  • SST-08.US_e2.06.5 Explain the social, economic, and political causes and effects of the Civil War.
  • SST-08.US_e2.06.6 Explain the social, economic, and political effects of Reconstruction.

SST-08.US_e3 United States History

Era 3: (1877-1941)
SST-08.US_e3.01 Analyze primary and secondary sources with attention to reliability, impact, and purpose.
  • SST-08.US_e3.01.1 Explain the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution on American society.
  • SST-08.US_e3.01.2 Explain the social, cultural, and economic impact of local, state, and federal government policy on American people.
  • SST-08.US_e3.01.3 Explain the impact of the United States’ transformation into an imperialist power.
  • SST-08.US_e3.01.4 Explain the causes and effects of the United States’ entrance into World War I.
  • SST-08.US_e3.01.5 Explain the political, social and economic changes of the 1920s.
  • SST-08.US_e3.01.6 Explain the political, social and economic events of the 1930s.
SST-08.US_e3.02 Examine the impact of multiple perspectives on social, political, and cultural development.
  • SST-08.US_e3.02.1 Explain the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution on American society.
  • SST-08.US_e3.02.2 Explain the social, cultural, and economic impact of local, state, and federal government policy on American people.
  • SST-08.US_e3.02.3 Explain the impact of the United States’ transformation into an imperialist power.
  • SST-08.US_e3.02.4 Explain the causes and effects of the United States’ entrance into World War I.
  • SST-08.US_e3.02.5 Explain the political, social and economic changes of the 1920s.
  • SST-08.US_e3.02.6 Explain the political, social and economic events of the 1930s.
SST-08.US_e3.03 Explain the relationship of events focusing on the link(s) between cause and effect.
  • SST-08.US_e3.03.1 Explain the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution on American society.
  • SST-08.US_e3.03.2 Explain the social, cultural, and economic impact of local, state, and federal government policy on American people.
  • SST-08.US_e3.03.3 Explain the impact of the United States’ transformation into an imperialist power.
  • SST-08.US_e3.03.4 Explain the causes and effects of the United States’ entrance into World War I.
  • SST-08.US_e3.03.5 Explain the political, social and economic changes of the 1920s.
  • SST-08.US_e3.03.6 Explain the political, social and economic events of the 1930s.
SST-08.US_e3.04 Compare how historical elements change over time.
  • SST-08.US_e3.04.1 Explain the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution on American society.
  • SST-08.US_e3.04.2 Explain the social, cultural, and economic impact of local, state, and federal government policy on American people.
  • SST-08.US_e3.04.3 Explain the impact of the United States’ transformation into an imperialist power.
  • SST-08.US_e3.04.4 Explain the causes and effects of the United States’ entrance into World War I.
  • SST-08.US_e3.04.5 Explain the political, social and economic changes of the 1920s.
  • SST-08.US_e3.04.6 Explain the political, social and economic events of the 1930s.
SST-08.US_e3.05 Analyze the significant contributions of people, policy, and the influence on an era.
  • SST-08.US_e3.05.1 Explain the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution on American society.
  • SST-08.US_e3.05.2 Explain the social, cultural, and economic impact of local, state, and federal government policy on American people.
  • SST-08.US_e3.05.3 Explain the impact of the United States’ transformation into an imperialist power.
  • SST-08.US_e3.05.4 Explain the causes and effects of the United States’ entrance into World War I.
  • SST-08.US_e3.05.5 Explain the political, social and economic changes of the 1920s.
  • SST-08.US_e3.05.6 Explain the political, social and economic events of the 1930s.
SST-08.US_e3.06 Connect the past to the present using current events.
  • SST-08.US_e3.06.1 Explain the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution on American society.
  • SST-08.US_e3.06.2 Explain the social, cultural, and economic impact of local, state, and federal government policy on American people.
  • SST-08.US_e3.06.3 Explain the impact of the United States’ transformation into an imperialist power.
  • SST-08.US_e3.06.4 Explain the causes and effects of the United States’ entrance into World War I.
  • SST-08.US_e3.06.5 Explain the political, social and economic changes of the 1920s.
  • SST-08.US_e3.06.6 Explain the political, social and economic events of the 1930s.

SST-08.ND North Dakota History

SST-08.ND.01 Examine the physical and human geography of North Dakota and how it has changed.
  • SST-08.ND.01.1 Identify the three landscape regions of North Dakota and describe the major features of the regions and the forces that formed them.
  • SST-08.ND.01.2 Explain the human settlement patterns in North Dakota.
  • SST-08.ND.01.3 Interpret current thematic maps to identify where people live and work, and how land is used.
SST-08.ND.02 Explain the development and functions of North Dakota’s state and local governments, tribal governments and the role of citizens.
  • SST-08.ND.02.1 Describe the structure, role, and formation of tribal governments, both present and past, in North Dakota.
  • SST-08.ND.02.2 Describe the formation, structure, and modern role of the territorial, state, county, and local government of North Dakota.
  • SST-08.ND.02.3 Explain the impact of political organizations and individual citizens on the political systems and institutions of North Dakota.
SST-08.ND.03 Evaluate the major industries and economic activities in North Dakota.
  • SST-08.ND.03.1 Describe the early economic activities of our state prior to 1900 and how they developed into North Dakota's modern economy.
  • SST-08.ND.03.2 Identify the current economic activities in the state of North Dakota and evaluate their positive and negative impact.
SST-08.ND.04 Analyze the historical and current events and their impact on the development of North Dakota.
  • SST-08.ND.04.1 Identify the Native American groups in North Dakota before European contact and describe their culture.
  • SST-08.ND.04.2 Analyze European exploration and early settlement of North Dakota and its impact on Native American groups.
  • SST-08.ND.04.3 Describe the major factors that brought settlers to North Dakota.
  • SST-08.ND.04.4 Analyze the effect of government policy, both historical and modern, toward Native American groups in North Dakota.
  • SST-08.ND.04.5 Evaluate the growth and struggles of the modernization of North Dakota and the role the state has played in modern America.
  • SST-08.ND.04.6 Use various primary and secondary resources to acquire, analyze, and evaluate information.