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The Arkansas social studies standards reflect the integrated field of the social studies as well as the major concepts and skills of the primary disciplines within the social studies. Five strands and numerous content standards provide a broad conceptual framework that teachers can use to organize integrated social studies units for the lower grades or discipline-based curriculum in the higher grades. Student learning expectations define what students must demonstrate that they know and are able to do by the end of the grade cluster. The expectations are designed to be cumulative and build with complexity throughout the grade level groupings. Standards are intended to be broad and general so that teachers have flexibility in addressing the varied disciplines within this area of the curriculum. The five strands of the social studies are: Time, Continuity, and Change; People, Places, and Environments; Power, Authority, and Governance; Production, Distribution, and Consumption; and Social Sciences Processes and Skills. Each strand encompasses several specific content standards; each content standard gives grade level learning expectations and lists specific skills to be attained. The framework provides classroom scenarios for grade levels K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. (Contains a glossary.) (BT)

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, Social Studies, State Standards

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Author: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock.


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