BPS District Social Studies Standards Book

K-12 Grade Levels

High School


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High SchoolIn High School, your child will be studying about Global Studies, US History, Economics and Government. A 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.

SST-HS.1 Standard 1:

Skills and Resources

    • SST-HS.1.01 Interpret and evaluate various visual representations of data.
    • SST-HS.1.02 Interpret and evaluate documents to enhance the understanding of social studies content.
    • SST-HS.1.03 Draw conclusions based on the research processes
    • SST-HS.1.04 Use media to access, record, analyze, and communicate information relating to social studies.
    • SST-HS.1.05 Apply social studies skills in real-life contexts.
    • SST-HS.1.06 Analyze the impact of bias and prejudice in historical and contemporary media.


SST-HS.2 Standard 2:

Important Historical Events

    • SST-HS.2.01 Analyze federal policy and action regarding American Indians
    • SST-HS.2.02 Evaluate the impact of various factors that led to the transformation of the nation
    • SST-HS.2.03 Trace the causes, course, and legacy of the United States' involvement in World War I at home and abroad
    • SST-HS.2.04 Analyze the major political, economic, and social developments that occurred between World War I and World War II
    • SST-HS.2.05 Trace the causes, course, and legacy of World War II
    • SST-HS.2.06 Analyze the economic boom and social transformation of post WWII America
    • SST-HS.2.07 Analyze the origins, foreign policy, events, and domestic consequences of the Cold War
    • SST-HS.2.08 Analyze the struggle for equal opportunity
    • SST-HS.2.09 Analyze the key events and political/social effects of the Vietnam conflict
    • SST-HS.2.10 Analyze the key events, and foreign and domestic policies of contemporary presidential administrations
    • SST-HS.2.11 Analyze the major social issues and popular culture of contemporary U.S.
    • SST-HS.2.12 Analyze the ideas, events and global impacts of the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment.
    • SST-HS.2.13 Explain the growth and expansion of global economies and their impact on world regions
    • SST-HS.2.14 Compare the political, social, and industrial revolutions from the late 18th to the early 20th century
    • SST-HS.2.15 Analyze the global causes, course, and consequences of World War I
    • SST-HS.2.16 Analyze the global causes, course, and consequences of World War II and the post-war events
    • SST-HS.2.17 Explain nationalist and revolutionary movements and attempts by colonial countries to achieve independence after World War II
    • SST-HS.2.18 Explain events in the development of the Cold War
    • SST-HS.2.19 Analyze political and social change in the Middle East and Asia from 1948 - present
    • SST-HS.2.20 Explain contemporary issues and events in an interdependent world.


SST-HS.3 Standard 3:

Economic Concepts

    • SST-HS.3.01 Analyze basic micro and macro economic concepts
    • SST-HS.3.02 Explain the role of money and the role of financial institutions in a market economy
    • SST-HS.3.03 Describe the difference between the structure and operation of market economies and centrally planned or command economies
    • SST-HS.3.04 Analyze the role government plays in an economy
    • SST-HS.3.05 Interpret the concepts of exchange and trade and the impacts and implications of a global economy for individuals and nations.


SST-HS.4 Standard 4:

Government and Citizenship

    • SST-HS.4.01 Explain how political and economic forces have affected the sovereignty of tribal nations
    • SST-HS.4.02 Compare the nature and source of various types of political entities past and present throughout the world
    • SST-HS.4.03 Analyze the content and context of documents, events, and organizations that influenced and established the United States
    • SST-HS.4.04 Evaluate the effectiveness of structures, operations, and influences of political systems and constitutional governments
    • SST-HS.4.05 Analyze historical and contemporary examples of civil liberties and civil rights in the U.S.
    • SST-HS.4.06 Evaluate the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation


SST-HS.5 Standard 5:

Concepts of Geography

    • SST-HS.5.01 Analyze the Earth's human systems
    • SST-HS.5.02 Interpret the relationships between physical environments and society


SST-HS.6 Standard 6:

Human Development and Behavior

    • SST-HS.6.01 Explain how group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior.
    • SST-HS.6.02 Explain the various purposes of social groups, general implications of group membership, and different ways that groups function
    • SST-HS.6.03 Relate elements of socio-cultural development with other factors
    • SST-HS.6.04 Analyze conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among individuals, groups, and institutions
    • SST-HS.6.05 Describe how genetic, cognitive and physical development affect human behavior