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.
SST-MS.G.05 Analyze how human beings are dependent upon, adapt to, and modify their environment to meet their needs.
SST-06.WH World History
SST-06.WH_a (A) Domain: World History Anchor Standards
- SST-06.WH_a.01 - Analyze historical achievements related to science and technology.
- SST-06.WH_a.02 - Explain historical changes related to religions and ideologies.
- SST-06.WH_a.03 - Analyze the effects of different political systems on people.
- SST-06.WH_a.04 - Analyze the influence of social, cultural, and economic developments on individuals.
- SST-06.WH_a.05 - Analyze causes and effects of global events in the past using primary and/or secondary sources.
- SST-06.WH_a.06 - Explain how past events connect to the present.
SST-06.WH_e1.b Era 1: Emergence of Civilizations and Religions Around the Globe
- SST-06.WH_e1.b1 Explain multiple achievements of civilizations and connect them to the present.
- SST-06.WH_e1.b2 Describe the belief systems or religions of early civilizations.
- SST-06.WH_e1.b3 Explain the impact of the development of agriculture on the social, cultural, and economic lives of individuals.
- SST-06.WH_e1.b4 Explain how political systems impacted the people in Greece and Rome and how those political systems connect to the present
SST-06.WH_e2.b Era 2: Middle Ages and the Renaissance
- SST-06.WH_e2.b1 Explain the causes and effects of Medieval social structures using primary and secondary sources.
- SST-06.WH_e2.b2 Explain how the relationship between religious and political bodies impacted the social, cultural, or economic developments of individuals.
- SST-06.WH_e2.b3 Explain the emergence of cultural interaction between Europe and other civilizations.
SST-08.US United States History
SST-08.US_a US History Anchor Domain
- SST-08.US_a.01 Analyze primary and secondary sources with attention to reliability, impact, and purpose.
- SST-08.US_a.02 Examine the impact of multiple perspectives on social, political, and cultural development.
- SST-08.US_a.03 Explain the relationship of events focusing on the link(s) between cause and effect.
SST-08.US_e1.b (1754-1814) Era 1: Creation and Foundation of United States Government.
- SST-08.US_e1.b1 - Explain the social, political, and cultural causes and immediate consequences of the American Revolution.
- SST-08.US_e1.b2 - Explain the development of early United States government.
- SST-08.US_e1.b3 - Explain the development of United States society after the American Revolution.
- SST-08.US_e1.b4 - Explain the importance of foreign and domestic decisions of the early United States government, its leaders, and political parties.
SST-08.US_e2.b (1814-1877) Era 2: Growth and Division in the Union.
- SST-08.US_e2.b1 - Analyze the impacts of social, religious, and/or cultural movements.
- SST-08.US_e2.b2 - Compare and contrast how the causes of the sectional divide within the United States impacted federal policy.
- SST-08.US_e2.b3 - Explain how westward expansion affected the social, economic, and political landscape of the United States.
- SST-08.US_e2.b4 - Explain the changing Native American federal policy and the impact on tribal sovereignty.
- SST-08.US_e2.b5 - Explain the social, economic, and political causes and effects of the Civil War.
- SST-08.US_e2.b6 - Explain the social, economic, and political effects of Reconstruction.
SST-08.US_e3.b (1877-1941) Era3:
- SST-08.US_e3.b1 - Explain the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution on American society.
- SST-08.US_e3.b2 - Explain the social, cultural, and economic impact of local, state, and federal government policy on American people.
- SST-08.US_e3.b3 - Explain the impact of the United States’ transformation into an imperialist power.
- SST-08.US_e3.b4 - Explain the causes and effects of the United States’ entrance into World War I.
- SST-08.US_e3.b5 - Explain the political, social and economic changes of the 1920s.
- SST-08.US_e3.b6 - 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.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.