BPS District Social Studies Standards Book

K-12 Grade Bands

9-12 Grade Levels

Grade Band 9-12 logoIn High School, your child will be studying about .... 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.C Civics Domain

SST-HS.C.01 Explain the historical and philosophical foundations of government.
  • SST-HS.C.01.1 
    Evaluate the thoughts of major political philosophers.
  • SST-HS.C.01.2 
    Explain the influence of British and colonial history on early America.
  • SST-HS.C.01.3 
    Evaluate the creation and impact of primary sources on political thought in the United States.
SST-HS.C.02 Analyze the structures and functions of governments.
  • SST-HS.C.02.1 
    Differentiate/compare forms and origins of governments.
  • SST-HS.C.02.2 
    Examine the role and purposes of government.
  • SST-HS.C.02.3 
    Analyze the structure, principles, and interpretation of the Constitution of the United States.
  • SST-HS.C.02.4 
    Explain the relationship among federal, state, tribal, and local governmental powers.
  • SST-HS.C.02.5 
    Explain the purposes, organization, powers, and processes of tribal and local governments.
SST-HS.C.03 Describe the rights and liberties of individuals.
  • SST-HS.C.03.1 
    Describe and examine the amendments to the United States Constitution and their application in the United States.
  • SST-HS.C.03.2 
    Describe the impact of court cases on rights and liberties of individuals.
SST-HS.C.04 Investigate the role and responsibilities of citizenship in society.
  • SST-HS.C.04.1 
    Explain how citizens can influence government.
  • SST-HS.C.04.2 
    Describe and evaluate the criteria and process for naturalization in the United States.
  • SST-HS.C.04.3 
    Explain how citizens’ personal and civic responsibilities are important to the preservation and improvement of United States constitutional republic.
  • SST-HS.C.04.4 
    Identify bias and evaluate its role in media sources.
  • SST-HS.C.04.5 
    Demonstrate active participation in civic life.

SST-HS.E Economics Domain

SST-HS.E.01 Analyze the concept of scarcity when making economic decisions.
  • SST-HS.E.01.1
    Analyze the basic concepts of economic thinking.
  • SST-HS.E.01.2
    Describe the difference between a command/centrally planned economy and market economy.
SST-HS.E.02 Compare and contrast how varying economic systems impact a nation and its citizens.
  • SST-HS.E.02.1 
    Describe the difference between a command/centrally planned economy and market economy.
SST-HS.E.03 Analyze how supply and demand impact the allocation of goods and services.
SST-HS.E.04 Analyze the various institutions that drive and support the market economy.
  • SST-HS.E.04.1 
    Explain the role of businesses and financial institutions in a market economy.
  • SST-HS.E.04.2 
    Evaluate the role of government in a market economy.
  • SST-HS.E.04.3 
    Explain the functions and role of money.
SST-HS.E.05 Evaluate the various macroeconomic measurements available to determine an economy’s size and strength.
SST-HS.E.06 Analyze how globalization has impacted various aspects of economies around the world.
  • SST-HS.E.06.1 
    Describe how trade generates economic development and interdependence.
  • SST-HS.E.06.2 
    Analyze the benefits and costs for individuals, producers, and governments in international trade.
SST-HS.E.07 Evaluate the elements of responsible personal finance.
  • SST-HS.E.07.1
    Evaluate career choices and the effect on the standard of living.
  • SST-HS.E.07.2
    Evaluate the effect of taxes and other factors on income.

  • SST-HS.E.07.3 
    Develop short- and long-term financial goals.
  • SST-HS.E.07.4 
    Analyze the cost and benefits of different types of credit and debt; and the rights and responsibilities of borrowers.
  • SST-HS.E.07.5
    Develop strategies to avoid and manage debt effectively.

SST-HS.G Geography Domain

SST-MS.G.01 Describe the physical processes that shape the Earth’s surface and how these affect the lives of people who live there.
  • SST-HS.G.01.1
    Describe the physical processes that shape the Earth’s surface.
  • SST-HS.G.01.2
    Explain the factors that cause different types of climates and ecosystems, and their latitudes/locations.
  • SST-HS.G.01.3
    Identify how major ecosystems provide raw materials.
  • SST-HS.G.01.4
    Analyze the physical and human characteristics of a place.
  • SST-HS.G.01.5
    Describe how combinations of human decisions and natural forces can lead to (or help people avoid) a natural disaster.
SST-HS.G.02 Analyze the movement of people, goods, ideas, technology, etc. throughout the world.
  • SST-HS.G.02.1 
    Explain how movement of goods, information, and population are affected by technology.
  • SST-HS.G.02.1 
    Describe patterns of settlement and explain why people settle where they do and how they make their living.
  • SST-HS.G.02.1 
    Explain the patterns, causes, and consequences of major human migrations.
SST-HS.G.03 Analyze the unifying physical and human characteristics of a region and their formal and informal boundaries.
  • SST-HS.G.03.1
    Describe the differences and similarities among cultures around the world.
  • SST-HS.G.03.2
    Analyze the physical and human characteristics of a region.
  • SST-HS.G.03.3
    Interpret how culture and experience influence people’s perception of places and regions.
  • SST-HS.G.03.4
    Identify factors that contribute to conflict and cooperation between cultural groups from multiple perspectives.
SST-HS.G.04 Use geographic tools to locate both the absolute and relative location of places and regions around the world.
  • SST-HS.G.04.1 
    Explain and use a variety of geographic tools to study the world on global, regional, and local scales and draw conclusions.
  • SST-HS.G.04.2 
    Apply the skills of geographic inquiry to analyze a geographic problem or issue.
SST-HS.G.05 Analyze how human beings are dependent upon, adapt to, and modify their environment to meet their needs.
  • SST-HS.G.05.1 
    Explain how people have modified the environment and used technology to make places more suitable for humans.
  • SST-HS.G.05.2 
    Analyze how human changes to the environment in one region or place can affect another.