NCSS.II. Time, Continuity, and Change
- (a). Demonstrate that historical knowledge and the concept of time are socially influenced constructions that lead historians to be selective in the questions they seek to answer and the evidence they use.
- (b). Apply key concepts such as time, chronology, causality, change, conflict, and complexity to explain, analyze, and how connections among patterns of historical change and continuity.
- (d). Systematically employ processes of critical historical inquiry to reconstruct and reinterpret the past, such as using a variety of sources and checking their credibility, validating and weighing evidence for claims, and searching for causality.
NCSS.X. Civic Ideals and Practices
- (c). Locate, access, analyze, organize, synthesize, and apply information about public policy issues – identifying, describing, and evaluating multiple points of view.
The first and last assignments of the U.S. History course is an essay that asks students: "Have Americans Lived Up to the Ideals in The Declaration of Independence and Constitution?" In this essay, students define and debate American ideals of Equality, Democracy, Liberty, Opportunity, and Rights. It begins with a gallery walk with snapshots from each of the decades and a reading from TCI's "History Alive!" curriculum.
Please see an example of a student essay below: