U.S. History

  • Explain the cause-effect relationships and legacy that distinguish significant historical periods from Reconstruction to the present.

  • Relate previously learned information of these time periods to the context of succeeding time periods.

  • Relate the causes and consequences of historical events to subsequent events and their legacy in current conditions.

  • Describe the causes and effects of interaction between the U.S. government and Native American cultures.

  • Describe the causes and effects of cultural, economic, religious, political, and social reform movements on the development of the U.S.

  • Identify the influences of local groups on settlement patterns of South Dakota and the Great Plains Region.

  • Evaluate the significance of interactions between the U.S. government and diverse cultures in relation to cultural preservation versus cultural assimilation.

World History

  • Explain the cause-effect relationship and legacy that distinguish significan historical periods from the Renaissance to the present.

  • Relate the causes and consequences of historical events to subesequent events and their legacy in current conditions.

  • Define the key distinguishing features of significan cultural, economic, and political phillosophies in relation to the other.

  • Describe the emergence, rise, impact, and role of significant cultural, economic, and political events and philosophies.


  • Use resources, data services, and geographic tools that generate and interpret information.

  • Interpret geographic representations when given information about places and events.

  • Evaluate and select resources, data services, and geographic tools that generate and interpret information.

  • Construct geographic representations when given information about places and events.

  • Identify and explain the impact of the natural environment on human settlement patterns.

  • Explain how humans interact with their environments.

  • Explain how human migration impacts local and global politics, environment, economies, societies, and regions.

  • Identify the main characteristics of cultural geography.

  • Analyze and articulate the fundamental role that place characteristics and environments have played in history.

  • Evaluate how humans interact with their environment.

  • Investigate how past and present trends of human migration impact both local and global politics, environments, economies, and societies.

  • Compare and contrast the differing characteristics in developing and developed countries.


  • Explain the characteristics of various forms of government.

  • Determine the influence of major historical documents and ideals on the formation of United States government.

  • Identify the principles of the American Constitution.

  • Explain the principle of American democracy.

  • Describe the state, local, and tribal governments with emphasis on their structures, functions, and powers.

  • Describe the elements of how U.S. foreign policy is created.

  • Compare the United States' political systems with those of major democratic and authoritarian nations in terms of the structures and power of politcal institutions.

  • Describe the means of influencing and/or participating in a republic.

  • Interpret the meanign of basic constitutional rights guaranteed to citizens.

  • Describe the process of naturalization.

  • Enumerate the basic constitutional rights guaranteed to citizens and their related impacts on society.

  • Analyze and explain the purpose of politics/political activity and the related implication for United States citizens.

  • Identify various issues involving individual rights and responsibilities in relation to the general welfare.

  • Analyze campaigns for national, state, and local elective office, including the nominating process, campaign funding and spending and the influence of media coverage, including campaign advertising and public opinion polls.


  • Compare the characteristics of the world's traditional command, market, and mixed economies. [U.S. History, World History, Geography, Civics (Government)]

  • Explain how scarcity and surplus affects the basic questions of what, how, how much, and for whom to produce. [Geography, Civics (Government)]

  • Explain the role of money and the structure of the banking system of the U.S. [U.S. History, Civics (Government)]

  • Explain the impact of labor and governmental policies on the economy of the United States. [U.S. History, Civics (Government)]

  • Use graphs to illustrate changes in economic trends. [U.S. History, Civics (Government)]

  • Explain the basic elements of trade and its impact on the U.S. economy. [Civics (Government)]

  • Differentiate the patterns and networks of global economic interdependence in relation to local, regional, and world economies.

  • Analyze graphs to determine changes in supply and demand and their effect on price and quality.

  • Compare and contrast the economic systems of foreign countries with market systems of the United States.

  • Describe methods used to measure domestic output, national income and price level.

  • Describe the effect of fluctuation in national output and its relationship to unemployment and inflation.

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