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West Virginia: 11th-Grade Standards

In the eleventh grade social studies course students examine the historical evolution and global interaction of states, nations and nation-states from geographic, political and economic perspectives from 1900 through present day. Students engage in critical thinking and problem-solving skills, using maps, spreadsheets, charts, graphs, primary source documents and text and other data from a variety of credible sources to synthesize historical information, predict events and anticipate outcomes. Students recognize the economic interdependency of the United States with other countries of the world. Students examine the factors that influence changing political relationships between the United States and its world neighbors. The impact of world events on the individual citizen and the reciprocal impact of an individual citizenís actions on world events will be emphasized. The West Virginia Standards for 21st Century Learning include the following components: 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives and 21st Century Learning Skills and Technology Tools. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and content standards and objectives.

Social Studies Standard 1: Citizenship

SS.S.11.01 / Students will:

  • characterize and model good citizenship by building social networks of reciprocity and trustworthiness (Civic Dispositions).
  • model a respect for symbols, ideas and concepts of the United States and analyze the roles of significant individuals (Respect For People, Events, and Symbols).
  • develop and employ the civic skills necessary for effective citizenship by using criteria to make judgments, arrive at and defend positions and evaluate the validity of the positions or data (Evaluation Skills).
  • develop the participatory skills of interacting, monitoring and influencing that are essential for informed, effective and responsible citizenship, including participation in civic life to shape public policy (Participatory Skills).
  • recognize and communicate the responsibilities, privileges and rights of United States citizens (Civic Life).
  • SS.PD.11.1 / Performance Descriptors

    • Novice:
      • identify responsible citizen behavior including rights, responsibilities and privileges in addressing personal, regional, national and international problems.
      • recognize actions of citizens to historical and contemporary situations.
      • list significant contemporary issues.
      • participate in school or community activities.
    • Partial Mastery:
      • describe responsible citizen behavior including rights, responsibilities and privileges in addressing personal, regional, national and international problems.
      • relate actions and reactions of citizens to historical and contemporary situations.
      • identify arguments on significant issues.
      • engage in community or school activities.
    • Mastery:
      • analyze responsible citizen behavior including rights, responsibilities and privileges in addressing personal, regional, national and international problems.
      • research actions and reactions of citizens to historical and contemporary situations.
      • compare and contrast arguments on significant contemporary issues.
      • model civic duties in school and community endeavors.
    • Above Mastery:
      • critique responsible citizen behavior including rights, responsibilities and privileges in addressing personal, regional, national and international problems.
      • compare and contrast actions and reactions of citizens to historical and contemporary situations.
      • debate arguments on significant issues like terrorism, religious conflict and weapons of mass destruction.
      • organize and lead various activities both in the school and community.
    • Distinguished:
      • analyze the changing nature of civic responsibility including rights, responsibilities and privileges in addressing personal, regional, national.
      • critique the actions and reactions of citizens to historical and contemporary situations, choose a position and defend it.
      • analyze arguments on significant issues like terrorism, religious conflict and weapons of mass destruction.
      • assess community/school needs, set goals to address them and develop and implement plans of action.
  • Objectives / Students will:

    • SS.O.11.01.01: demonstrate ways citizens can work cooperatively to resolve personal, local, regional, and world conflicts peacefully.
    • SS.O.11.01.02: analyze and evaluate the influence of citizen action on public policy and law making.
    • SS.O.11.01.03: analyze the changing nature of civic responsibility.
    • SS.O.11.01.04: develop positions and formulate actions on the problems of today and predict challenges of the future (e.g., terrorism, religious conflict, weapons of mass destruction, population growth).
    • SS.O.11.01.05: evaluate historical and contemporary political communication using such criteria as logical validity, factual accuracy and emotional appeal.
    • SS.O.11.01.06: participate in a project of volunteer service.
    • SS.O.11.01.07: research and explain the importance of the personal and political responsibilities, privileges and rights of citizens.
    • SS.O.11.01.08: explain the concept of civil disobedience, provide examples and evaluate its use.

Social Studies Standard 2: Civics

SS.S.11.02 / Students will:

  • examine and analyze the purposes and basic principles of the United States government (Purposes of Government).
  • outline and evaluate and analyze the origins and meaning of the principles, ideals and core democratic values expressed in the foundational documents of the United States (Ideals of United States Democracy).
  • examine and distinguish the structure, function and responsibilities of governments and the allocation of power at the local, state and national levels (United States Government and Politics).
  • analyze how the world is organized politically and compare the role and relationship of the United States to other nations and 97 to world affairs (United States Government and World Affairs).
  • SS.PD.11.2 / Performance Descriptors

    • Novice:
      • identify changes in the Constitution.
      • identify the major responsibilities of the three branches of government.
      • list the major political parties of the United States and major world nations.
      • study the ways constitutional and totalitarian forms of government have approached historical and contemporary issues.
    • Partial Mastery:
      • explain changes in the Constitution.
      • explain major changes in the three branches of government.
      • explain how the party system works both in the United States and other nations.
      • describe the ways constitutional and totalitarian forms of government have handled historical and contemporary issues.
    • Mastery:
      • judge changes in the Constitution.
      • examine the roles of the three branches of government in making changes in the United States and the world.
      • analyze the workings of political parties in various forms of government.
      • compare and contrast the ways constitutional and totalitarian forms of government have resolved historical and contemporary issue.
    • Above Mastery:
      • research changes in the Constitution and evaluate their impact.
      • analyze what impact the three branches of government have in making changes in both the United States and the world.
      • judge the impact of political parties in various forms of government.
      • evaluate policies used by both constitutional and totalitarian governments to meet the needs of their citizens during historical and current crises.
    • Distinguished:
      • critique changes to the Constitution and predict future changes.
      • predict how the global environment in the 21st Century will impact the three branches of government, at all levels.
      • compare and judge the impact of media, special interest groups and political parties on various forms of government.
      • defend policies formulated by constitutional and totalitarian governments to resolve conflicts and crises that have arisen since 1900.
  • Objectives / Students will:

    • SS.O.11.02.01: explain the reasons for amendments ratified since 1900 and analyze their effects on American society.
    • SS.O.11.02.02: explain the role of the president in the formation of national and foreign policy.
    • SS.O.11.02.03: critique the interaction of the three branches of the federal government in an increasingly complex society.
    • SS.O.11.02.04: analyze the election process and the role of political parties and special interest groups.
    • SS.O.11.02.05: evaluate the formation, role and impact of third parties in the United States.
    • SS.O.11.02.06: examine historical and current conflicts and crises and compare resolutions within the framework of constitutional and totalitarian systems of government.
    • SS.O.11.02.07: analyze judicial review and outline the procedure used to render decisions.
    • SS.O.11.02.08: analyze the changing nature of federalism and the growth of national government.
    • SS.O.11.02.09: critique the purposes and performance of international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Social Studies Standard 3: Economics

SS.S.11.03 / Students will:

  • analyze the role of economic choices in scarcity, supply and demand, resource allocation, decision-making, voluntary exchange and trade-offs (Choices).
  • research, critique and evaluate the roles of private and public institutions in the economy (Institutions).
  • compare and contrast various economic systems and analyze their impact on individual citizens (Economic Systems).
  • illustrate how the factors of production impact the United States economic system (Factors of Production).
  • analyze the elements of competition and how they impact the economy (Competition).
  • examine and evaluate the interdependence of global economies (Global Economies).
  • SS.PD.11.3 / Performance Descriptors

    • Novice:
      • list parts of the United States economic system.
      • list differences between the United States economic system and other nations.
      • define fiscal and monetary policy, listing some of their effects on the private, public and global sectors.
    • Partial Mastery:
      • discuss the operation of the United States economic system.
      • explain how the United States economic system differs from other nations.
      • describe fiscal and monetary policy and examine their effects on the private, public and global sectors.
    • Mastery:
      • explain the operation of the United States economic system.
      • compare and contrast the United States economic system with other nations of the world.
      • explain fiscal and monetary policy and discuss their effects on the public, private, and global sectors.
    • Above Mastery:
      • assess the operation of the United States economic system.
      • compare and contrast the United States economic system with other nations and discuss differences with a specific system.
      • assess fiscal and monetary policy and appraise their effects on the private, public and global sectors.
    • Distinguished:
      • evaluate the evolution and operation of the United States economic system.
      • compare and contrast the United States system with other nations and assess differences with several nations.
      • anticipate how changes in fiscal and monetary policies affect the private, public and global sectors and create new scenarios to demonstrate the changes.
  • Objectives / Students will:

    • SS.O.11.03.01: evaluate the lifestyle changes brought on by industrialization, technology and transportation (e.g., debate industrialization vs. maintaining natural environment and the implications for tourism, mass production and mass consumption).
    • SS.O.11.03.02: classify developed countries (MDC) and developing countries (LDC), evaluate their economies, and compare/contrast the provision of services made available to their citizens, (e.g., health care, education, military).
    • SS.O.11.03.03: explain monetary policy and its effect on society.
    • SS.O.11.03.04: illustrate the business cycle and apply the information to explain how different political systems formulate economic policy.
    • SS.O.11.03.05: analyze the causes and consequences of the United Statesí national debt and its effect on the world economic system.
    • SS.O.11.03.06: correlate Gross Domestic Product and per capita income calculations of the United States to the economies of different nations.
    • SS.O.11.03.07: analyze how basic economic systems deal with supply/demand, investment/capital, savings, and labor/management relations and assess or measure their impact on national and international economic interdependence.
    • SS.O.11.03.08: predict the outcomes of changes in all types of taxation (e.g., property, income, sales).

Social Studies Standard 4: Geography

SS.S.11.04 / Students will:

  • interpret, and choose maps, globes and other geographic tools to categorize and organize information about personal directions, people, places and environments (The World in Spatial Terms).
  • examine the physical and human characteristics of place and explain how the lives of people are rooted in places and regions (Places and Regions).
  • analyze the physical processes that shape the earthís surface and create, sustain and modify the cultural and natural environment (Physical Systems).
  • analyze and illustrate how the earth is shaped by the movement of people and their activities (Human Systems).
  • analyze the interaction of society with the environment (Environment and Society).
  • point out geographic perspective and the tools and assess techniques available for geographic study (Uses of Geography).
  • SS.PD.11.4 / Performance Descriptors

    • Novice:
      • use geographic tools to examine and discuss events since 1900.
      • list examples of human, geographic, and political factors on movement and the environment.
      • identify geographic resources that influence nation-building and conflict/cooperation.
    • Partial Mastery:
      • use geographic tools to explain events since 1900.
      • explain the impact of human, geographic, and political factors on movement and the environment.
      • explain how geographic resources influence nation building and conflict/cooperation.
    • Mastery:
      • use geographic tools to analyze events since 1900.
      • correlate the impact of human, geographic, and political factors on movement and the environment.
      • judge the importance of geographic resources in nation building as well as in conflict and cooperation.
    • Above Mastery:
      • use geographic tools to compare and contrast the implications of events since 1900.
      • compare and contrast the effects of human, geographic and political features on settlement, movement, and the environment.
      • debate the importance of geographic resources in nation building and in conflict/cooperation.
    • Distinguished:
      • create geographic tools from primary data to interpret and explain events since 1900.
      • predict developments and make recommendations concerning human, geographic, and political factors on movement and the environment.
      • construct models to analyze and evaluate the importance of geographic resources in nation building and to debate possible outcomes in conflict and cooperation.
  • Objectives / Students will:

    • SS.O.11.04.01: interpret and transform primary data and various forms of information into maps, graphs, charts, cartoons and timelines.
    • SS.O.11.04.02: analyze the significance of the physical and human geographic characteristics and location of places where events occurred in each period of study. (e.g., Why did an event occur where it did? Could the same event have occurred in another place or location?) and explain their analysis.
    • SS.O.11.04.03: correlate the importance of geographic factors with social, political, economic and technological change (e.g., point out how West Virginiaís geography has influenced laws that impact business, including tourism, as well as the quality of life in the state).
    • SS.O.11.04.04: identify United States settlement patterns after 1900 and draw conclusions about causes and effects.
    • SS.O.11.04.05: analyze and assess the impact of human decision-making and technology on the environment.
    • SS.O.11.04.06: assess the impact of anticipated annual climate change (e.g., monsoon, flooding).
    • SS.O.11.04.07: assess the impact of unpredictable environmental changes (e.g., earthquakes, El Nino, drought, flooding).
    • SS.O.11.04.08: examine and assess the role that geographic factors/features play in the development of political, economic and social conditions and/or climates.
    • SS.O.11.04.09: relate the importance, availability and accessibility of renewable and nonrenewable resources to international conflicts and cooperation since 1900 (e.g., discuss how United States dependence on Middle Eastern oil resulted in geo-political consequences).
    • SS.O.11.04.10: explain how language, art, music and other cultural elements can facilitate global understanding.

Social Studies Standard 5: History

SS.S.11.05 / Students will:

  • organize, analyze and compare historical events, distinguish cause-effect relationships, theorize alternative actions and outcomes, and anticipate future application. (Chronology).
  • use the processes and resources of historical inquiry to develop appropriate questions, gather and examine evidence, compare, analyze and interpret historical data (Skills and Application).
  • examine, analyze and synthesize historical knowledge of major events, individuals, cultures and the humanities in West Virginia, the United States and the world (Culture and Humanities).
  • use historical knowledge to analyze local, state, national and global interdependence (Interpretation and Evaluation).
  • examine political institutions and theories that have developed and changed over time; and research and cite reasons for development and change (Political Institutions).
  • SS.PD.11.5 / Performance Descriptors

    • Novice:
      • identify and explain the significance of key people, places, groups, documents, movements, and events of the 20th century.
      • describe cultures, economic systems, political systems and advances in technology, communication and transportation.
      • give examples of regional, national, and international events and policies that effect global affairs.
      • view primary source documents and identify contemporary American issues.
    • Partial Mastery:
      • trace the development of the significance of key people, places, groups, documents, movements, and events of the 20th century.
      • characterize cultures, economic systems, political systems, and advances in technology, communication and transportation.
      • summarize regional, national, and international events and policies and relate them to global affairs.
      • present and discuss facts about contemporary American issues through the use of primary sources.
    • Mastery:
      • critique the impact of key people, places, groups, documents, movements, and events of the 20th century.
      • analyze cultures, economic systems, political systems, and advances in technology, communication and transportation.
      • examine regional, national, and international events and policies, and assess their impact on global affairs.
      • interpret facts about contemporary American issues through the use of primary sources, discussion, debate, and persuasive writing.
    • Above Mastery:
      • generate theories about and develop methods to assess the impact of key people, places, groups, documents, movements, and events.
      • compare and contrast cultures, economic systems, and advances in technology, communication, and transportation.
      • research the global influences on regional, national, and international events and policies, and formulate generalizations, about their conclusions.
      • analyze a variety of primary sources and defend, through persuasive writing or debate, decisions made to resolve major conflicts in contemporary America.
    • Distinguished:
      • use primary source documents to defend/refute assumptions about key people, places, groups, documents, movements, and events.
      • evaluate the impact of cultures, economic systems, political systems, and advances in technology, communication and transportation, and propose and assess future developments.
      • analyze or predict the global effects of regional, national, and international events and policies.
      • investigate a contemporary American issue by assembling, categorizing, and exhibiting primary sources to lead a discussion or a debate.
  • Objectives / Students will:

    • SS.O.11.05.01: analyze and explain the response of leaders of the United States and the world to the following developments:
      • industrialization
      • urbanization
      • immigration
      • education
      • health care
      • epidemics/pandemic
    • SS.O.11.05.02: assess the impact of United States foreign policy on different world regions (e.g., Open Door Policy, Good Neighbor Policy, Lend-Lease).
    • SS.O.11.05.03: critique United States immigration policies and assess the contributions of immigrant groups and individuals.
    • SS.O.11.05.04: analyze and explain the political, social and economic causes and consequences of American involvement in these major conflicts and challenges of the 20th and 21st Century:
      • World War I
      • Great Depression
      • World War II
      • Cold War
      • Korean Conflict
      • Vietnam
      • Operation Desert Storm/ Gulf War
      • Operation Enduring Freedom/Afghanistan military crisis
      • Operation Iraqi Freedom/War in Iraq
    • SS.O.11.05.05: summarize the major goals and analyze the impact of the New Deal.
    • SS.O.11.05.06: explain and assess the economic, social and political transformation of the United States since World War II.
    • SS.O.11.05.07: analyze and explain United States and world foreign policy since World War II.
    • SS.O.11.05.08: trace the development of the world labor movement, describe its political, social and economic effects, and explain its effect on the U.S. labor movement and the demands for labor reform legislation.
    • SS.O.11.05.09: examine concerns, issues and conflicts categorized as universal human rights (e.g., Holocaust, diversity, tolerance, genocide).
    • SS.O.11.05.10: compare and contrast worldwide de-colonization and independence movements in the twentieth century (e.g., Israel, India, Indo-China, third world countries), and explain how emerging nations influence world events.
    • SS.O.11.05.11: research, compare and contrast the progress of civil rights in the United States with civil rights in other regions of the world and conclude what the contributions were of significant civil rights leaders.
    • SS.O.11.05.12: research the origins and rise of Communism, connect its implications to the nuclear age and Cold War, and then describe its current status worldwide, including the breakup of the Soviet Union.
    • SS.O.11.05.13: examine and analyze the causes and consequences of regional conflicts (e.g., Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Europe),assess their influence on the rise of terrorism/extremist groups, and anticipate the future effects of the conflicts and the extremist groups.
    • SS.O.11.05.14: describe the effect of technology and its impact in creating a global community (e.g., computers, space exploration, medicine).
    • SS.O.11.05.15: compare and evaluate the impact of stereotyping, conformity, acts of altruism and other behaviors on individuals and groups.
    • SS.O.11.05.16: evaluate the role of technology in communications, transportation, information processing, weapons development and other areas as it contributes to or helps resolve conflicts.
    • SS.O.11.05.17: evaluate, take and defend positions on foreign policy issues in light of American national interests, values and principles.
    • SS.O.11.05.18: compare and contrast Fascism, Nazism and Communism.
    • SS.O.11.05.19: analyze the goals and actions of reformers and reform movements (e.g., social, economic, political).
    • SS.O.11.05.20: develop skills in discussion, debate and persuasive writing by evaluating different assessments of the causes, costs and benefits of major events in the twentieth century.
    • SS.O.11.05.21: interpret facts about contemporary America from various charts, graphs, maps, pictures, models, timelines and other primary sources.

Social Studies Standard 6: Reading

SS.S.11.06 / Students will:

  • use the dimensions of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, background knowledge/vocabulary, high frequency word/fluency, comprehension, and writing) in their acquisition of social studies knowledge, insuring a foundation of college readiness in this genre.
  • recognize main ideas and supporting details to locate basic facts (e.g. names, dates, events).
  • distinguish relationships among people, ideas, and events.
  • recognize cause-effect relationships in content passages.
  • outline sequences of events.
  • summarize events and ideas. Infer main idea or purpose of content.
  • draw generalizations and conclusions about people, ideas and events.
  • write and edit organized texts of various genres to insure that information is clearly understood.

(Refer to policy 2520.1 for specific grade level reading and writing objectives.)

 
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