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Six Steps to Social Studies

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Following are the recently released draft guidelines for social studies in New York State.

1. Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.

2. Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a variety of perspectives.

3. Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the interdependent worlds--local, national, and global--in which we live and the spatial distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth's surface.

4. Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of how the United States and other societies develop economic systems and associated institutions to allocate scarce resources, how major decisionmaking units function in the U.S. and other national economies, and how an economy solves the scarcity problems through market and nonmarket mechanisms.

5. Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to de~monstrate their understanding of the necessity for establish~~ing governments, the U.S. Con~stitution, the American gov~ernmental system, the gov~ernmental systems of other nations, and international politics past and present.

6. Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship; and the avenues of participation in American civic life.

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