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Social Studies, Grade 9 - 12, Contemporary Issues, 2004

1.) Describe current news stories from various perspectives, including geographical, historical, political, social, and cultural.

•  Evaluating the impact of current news stories on the individual and on local, state, national, and international communities
•  Comparing current news stories with related past events
•  Analyzing news stories and their implications for nations of the world
•  Locating areas affected by events described in news stories
2.) Compare the relationship of governments and economies to events occurring in specific nations.

•  Identifying recurring historical patterns that may be evidenced around the world
•  Analyzing costs and benefits of trade among nations in an interdependent world
•  Analyzing viewpoints presented in editorial writing and political cartoons
Example: use of symbols to represent viewpoints

•  Comparing ways used by different countries to address individual and national economic and social problems, including child care, tax rates, economic regulations, health care, national debt, and unemployment
3.) Compare civic responsibilities, individual rights, opportunities, and privileges of citizens of the United States with those of citizens of other nations.

4.) Analyze the impact of scientific and technological changes in the United States on the world.

5.) Analyze how cultural elements facilitate global understanding or cause misunderstanding.

Examples: language, art, music, literature, belief systems

6.) Compare information presented through various media, including television, newspapers, magazines, journals, and the Internet.

•  Discussing the reliability of news stories and their sources
•  Describing the use, misuse, and meaning of different media materials, including photographs, artwork, and film clips
•  Interpreting statistical data related to political, social, and economic issues in current events
•  Discussing the role of intentional and unintentional bias and flawed samplings
7.) Identify strategies that facilitate public discussion on societal issues.

Examples: debating various positions, using a deliberative process

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