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Standard 1 Standard 2 Standard 3 Standard 4 Standard 5


Standard 1:History of the United States and New York Commencement

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.

Key Idea 1:  The study of New York State and United States history requires an analysis of the development of American culture, its diversity and multicultural context, and the ways people are unified by many values, practices, and traditions.
Performance Indicators:  This is evident when students                        

Key Idea 2:  Important ideas, social and cultural values, beliefs, and traditions from New York State and United States history illustrate the connections and interactions of people and events across time and from a variety of perspectives.
Performance Indicators:  This is evident when students

Key Idea 3:

Study about the major social, political, economic, cultural, and religious developments in New York State and United States history involves learning about the important roles and contributions of individuals and groups.
Performance Indicators:This is evident when students 

  • analyze historical narratives about key events in New York State and United States history to identify the facts and evaluate the authors’ perspectives
  • consider different historians’ analyses of the same event or development in United States history to understand how different viewpoints and/or frames of reference influence historical interpretations
  • evaluate the validity and credibility of historical interpretations of important events or issues in New York State or United States history, revising these interpretations as new information is learned and other interpretations are developed. (Adapted from National Standards for United States History)