I have chosen to include the National Social Studies Standards into my project because even though there is a push to incorporate the Common Core Standards into the classroom, these standards do not address many aspects of social studies. However, by incorporating the NSSS into my project I am addressing not only literacy in social studies (which is addressed through Common Core), but also the knowledge needed to excel in social studies.
The following National Social Studies Standards are addressed in my project:
World History Content Standards:
Era 2: Early Civilizations and the Emergence of Pastoral Peoples, 4,000 – 1,000 BCE
- Standard 1: The major characteristics of civilization and how civilizations emerged in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus valley.
- Standard 3: The political, social, and cultural consequences of population movements and militarization in Eurasia in the second millennium BCE.
- Standard 4: Major trends in Eurasia and Africa from 4000-1000 BCE.
World History Across the Eras Standards:
Standard 1: The student is able to:
- Analyze why humans have built cities and how the character, function, and number of cities have changed over time.
- Trace major patterns of long-distance trade from ancient times to the present and analyze ways in which trade has contributed to economic and cultural change in particular societies or civilizations.
- Analyze how ideals and institutions of freedom, equality, justice, and citizenship have changed over time and from one society to another.
- Compare the economic and social importance of slavery and other forms of coerced labor in various societies from ancient times to the present.
- Analyze ways in which human action has contributed to long-term changes in the natural environment in particular regions or worldwide.