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Delaware Social Studies Content Standards

Below, please find the DE Social Studies Content Standards. The standards for each stand are extensive. It is recommended that each student teacher candidate read and understand the clarification document, where provided, for a deeper understanding of the standards. For a "quick" overview of the standards, refer to the abbreviated standards, itemized by grade levels.

Civics Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12 Unabridged Standards Clarification Document
Economics Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12 Unabridged Standards Clarification Document
Geography Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12 Unabridged Standards Clarification Document
History Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12 Unabridged Standards Clarification Document

Civics (Gr. 6-8)

Students will:  

1a) understand that governments have the power to make and enforce laws and regulations, levy taxes, conduct foreign policy, and make war.


1b) analyze the different functions of federal, state, and local governments in the United States and examine the reasons for the different organizational structures each level of government employs.


2a) understand that the concept of majority rule does not mean that the rights of minorities may be disregarded and will examine and apply the protections accorded those minorities in the American political system.


2b) understand the principles and content of major American state papers such as the Declaration of Independence; United States Constitution (including the Bill of Rights); and the Federalist Papers.


3a) understand that civil rights secure political freedom while property rights secure economic freedom and that both are essential protections for United States citizens.


3b) understand that American citizenship includes responsibilities such as voting, jury duty, obeying the law, service in the armed forces when required, and public service.

  4) follow the actions of elected officials, and understand and employ the mechanisms for communicating with them while in office.

Civics (Gr. 9-12)

Students will:

1) Analyze the ways in which structure and purposes of different governments around the world reflect differing ideologies, cultures, values, and histories.

2a) examine and analyze the extra-Constitutional role that political parties play in American politics.

2b) understand that the functioning of the government is a dynamic process which combines the formal balances of power incorporated in the Constitution with traditions, precedents, and interpretations which have evolved over the past 200 years.

3) understand that citizens are individually responsible for keeping themselves informed about public policy issues on the local, state, and federal levels; participating in the civic process; and upholding the laws of the land

4a) develop and employ the skills necessary to work with government programs and agencies

4b) understand the process of working with a political party, a commission engaged in examining public policy, or a citizen's group

Economics (Gr. 6-8)

Students will:
  1) analyze how changes in technology, costs, and demand interact in competitive markets to determine or change the price of goods and services.
2) analyze the role of money and banking in the economy, and the ways in which government taxes and spending affect the functioning of market economics.
  3) demonstrate the ways in which the means of production, distribution, and exchange in different economic systems have a relationship to cultural values, resources, and technologies.
  4) examine how nations with different economic systems specialize and become interdependent through trade and how government policies allow either free or restricted trade.

Economics (Gr. 9-12)

Students will:  
1) demonstrate how individual economic choices are made within the context of a market economy in which markets influence the production and distribution of goods and services.
  2) develop an understanding of how economics function as a whole, including the causes and effects of inflation, unemployment, business cycles, and monetary and fiscal policies
  3) analyze the wide range of opportunities and consequences resulting from the current transitions from command to market economies in many countries
  4) analyze and interpret the influence of the distribution of the world's resources, political stability, national efforts to encourage or discourage trade, and the flow of investment on patterns of international trade

Geography (Gr. 6-8)

Students will:  
1) demonstrate mental maps of the world and its subregions which include the relative location and characteristics of major physical features, political divisions, and human settlements.
  2) apply a knowledge of the major processes shaping natural environments to understand how different peoples have changed and been affected by physical environments in the world's sub-regions.
  3) identify and explain the major cultural patterns of human activity in the world's sub-regions.
  4a) understand the processes affecting the location of economic activities in different world regions.
  4b) explain how conflict and cooperation among people contributes to the division of the Earth's surface into distinctive cultural regions and political territories

Geography (Gr. 9-12)

Students will:  
1a) identify geographic patterns which emerge when collected data is mapped, and analyze mapped patterns through the application of such common geographic principles as: Hierarchy, Accessibility, Diffusion, or Complimentarity.
  1b) apply the analysis of mapped patterns to the solution of problems.
  2) understand the Earth's physical environment as a set of interconnected systems (ecosystems) and the ways humans have perceived, reacted to, and changed environments at local to global scales.
  3) understand the processes which result in distinctive cultures, economic activity, and settlement form in particular locations across the world.
  4) apply knowledge of the types of regions and methods of drawing boundaries to interpret the Earth's changing complexity.

History (Gr. 6-8)

Students will:  
1) examine historical materials relating to a particular region, society, or theme; analyze change over time, and make logical inferences concerning cause and effect.
  2a) master the basic research skills necessary to conduct an independent investigation of historical phenomena.
  2b) examine historical documents, artifacts, and other materials, and analyze them in terms of credibility, as well as the purpose, perspective, or point of view for which they were constructed
  3) compare different historians' descriptions of the same societies in order to examine how the choice of questions and use of sources may affect their conclusions.
  4a) develop an understanding of pre-industrial United States history and its connections to Delaware
  4b) develop an understanding of ancient and medieval world history, and the continuing influence of major civilizations

History (Gr. 9-12)

Students will:  
1) analyze historical materials to trace the development of an idea or trend across space or over a prolonged period of time in order to explain patterns of historical continuity and change
  2a) develop and implement effective research strategies for investigating a given historical topic.
  2b) examine and analyze primary and secondary sources in order to differentiate between historical facts and historical interpretations.
  3) compare competing historical narratives by contrasting different historians' choice of questions, use and choice of sources, perspectives, beliefs, and points of view, in order to demonstrate how these factors contribute to different interpretations.
  4a) develop an understanding of modern United States history, its connections to both Delaware and world history
  4b) develop an understanding of recent and modern world history and its connections to United States history

State of Delaware Content Standards and Recommended Curriculum for Social Studies