BPS District Social Studies Standards Book
K-12 Grade Bands
6-8 Grade Level
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-MS.C Civics Domain
SST-MS.C.01 Explain the historical and philosophical foundations of government.
- SST-06.C.01.1 | SST-07.C.01.1 | SST-08.C.01.1
Evaluate the thoughts of major political philosophers.
- SST-06.C.01.2 | SST-07.C.01.2 | SST-08.C.01.2
Explain the influence of British and colonial history on early America.
- SST-06.C.01.3 | SST-07.C.01.3 | SST-08.C.01.3
Evaluate the creation and impact of primary sources on political thought in the United States.
SST-MS.C.02 Analyze the structures and functions of governments.
- SST-06.C.02.1 | SST-07.C.02.1 | SST-08.C.02.1
Differentiate/compare forms and origins of governments.
- SST-06.C.02.2 | SST-07.C.02.2 | SST-08.C.02.2
Examine the role and purposes of government.
- SST-06.C.02.3 | SST-07.C.02.3 | SST-08.C.02.3
Analyze the structure, principles, and interpretation of the Constitution of the United States.
- SST-06.C.02.4 | SST-07.C.02.4 | SST-08.C.02.4
Explain the relationship among federal, state, tribal, and local governmental powers.
- SST-06.C.02.5 | SST-07.C.02.5 | SST-08.C.02.5
Explain the purposes, organization, powers, and processes of tribal and local governments.
SST-MS.C.03 Describe the rights and liberties of individuals.
SST-MS.C.04 Investigate the role and responsibilities of citizenship in society.
- SST-06.C.04.1 | SST-07.C.04.1 | SST-08.C.04.1
Explain how citizens can influence government.
- SST-06.C.04.2 | SST-07.C.04.2 | SST-08.C.04.2
Describe and evaluate the criteria and process for naturalization in the United States.
- SST-06.C.04.3 | SST-07.C.04.3 | SST-08.C.04.3
Explain how citizens’ personal and civic responsibilities are important to the preservation and improvement of United States constitutional republic.
- SST-06.C.04.4 | SST-07.C.04.4 | SST-08.C.04.4
Identify bias and evaluate its role in media sources.
- SST-06.C.04.5 | SST-07.C.04.5 | SST-08.C.04.5
Demonstrate active participation in civic life.
SST-MS.E Economics Domain
SST-MS.E.01 Analyze the concept of scarcity when making economic decisions.
SST-MS.E.03 Analyze how supply and demand impact the allocation of goods and services.
SST-MS.E.04 Analyze the various institutions that drive and support the market economy.
- SST-06.E.04.1 | SST-07.E.04.1 | SST-08.E.04.1
Explain the role of businesses and financial institutions in a market economy.
- SST-06.E.04.2 | SST-07.E.04.2 | SST-08.E.04.2
Evaluate the role of government in a market economy.
- SST-06.E.04.3 | SST-07.E.04.3 | SST-08.E.04.3
Explain the functions and role of money.
SST-MS.E.05 Evaluate the various macroeconomic measurements available to determine an economy’s size and strength.
SST-MS.E.06 Analyze how globalization has impacted various aspects of economies around the world.
SST-MS.E.07 Evaluate the elements of responsible personal finance.
- SST-06.E.07.3 | SST-07.E.07.3 | SST-08.E.07.3
Develop short- and long-term financial goals.
- SST-06.E.07.4 | SST-07.E.07.4 | SST-08.E.07.4
Analyze the cost and benefits of different types of credit and debt; and the rights and responsibilities of borrowers.
- SST-06.E.07.5 | SST-07.E.07.5 | SST-08.E.07.5
Develop strategies to avoid and manage debt effectively.
SST-MS.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-06.G.01.1 | SST-07.G.01.1 | SST-08.G.01.1
Describe the physical processes that shape the Earth’s surface.
- SST-06.G.01.2 | SST-07.G.01.2 | SST-08.G.01.2
Explain the factors that cause different types of climates and ecosystems, and their latitudes/locations.
- SST-06.G.01.3 | SST-07.G.01.3 | SST-08.G.01.3
Identify how major ecosystems provide raw materials.
- SST-06.G.01.4 | SST-07.G.01.4 | SST-08.G.01.4
Analyze the physical and human characteristics of a place.
- SST-06.G.01.5 | SST-07.G.01.5 | SST-08.G.01.5
Describe how combinations of human decisions and natural forces can lead to (or help people avoid) a natural disaster.
SST-MS.G.02 Analyze the movement of people, goods, ideas, technology, etc. throughout the world.
- SST-06.G.02.1 | SST-07.G.02.1 | SST-08.G.02.1
Explain how movement of goods, information, and population are affected by technology.
- SST-06.G.02.2 | SST-07.G.02.2 | SST-08.G.02.1
Describe patterns of settlement and explain why people settle where they do and how they make their living.
- SST-06.G.02.3 | SST-07.G.02.3 | SST-08.G.02.1
Explain the patterns, causes, and consequences of major human migrations.
SST-MS.G.03 Analyze the unifying physical and human characteristics of a region and their formal and informal boundaries.
- SST-06.G.03.1 | SST-07.G.03.1 | SST-08.G.03.1
Describe the differences and similarities among cultures around the world.
- SST-06.G.03.2 | SST-07.G.03.2 | SST-08.G.03.2
Analyze the physical and human characteristics of a region.
- SST-06.G.03.3 | SST-07.G.03.3 | SST-08.G.03.3
Interpret how culture and experience influence people’s perception of places and regions.
- SST-06.G.03.4 | SST-07.G.03.4 | SST-08.G.03.4
Identify factors that contribute to conflict and cooperation between cultural groups from multiple perspectives.
SST-MS.G.04 Use geographic tools to locate both the absolute and relative location of places and regions around the world.
- SST-06.G.04.1 | SST-07.G.04.1 | SST-08.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-06.G.04.2 | SST-07.G.04.2 | SST-08.G.04.2
Apply the skills of geographic inquiry to analyze a geographic problem or issue.