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Parents, these are the standards taught by Beyond Textbooks partner schools. This list is in alphanumeric order, and your school will likely teach them in a different order. For help deciphering the code in front of the standard, please click here.

Government Standards

Semester 1 Standards: 
  1. 12.RH.03: I will be able to compare and contrast alternative perspectives on current political issues. 

  2. 12.RH.04: I will be able to interpret the original intent of Founding Fathers writing.

  3. 12.RH.08: I will be able to identify an authors position and research supporting and opposing evidence. 

  4. HS.3SS.C2.PO5: a. I will be able to identify the powers of Congress and give examples of Congress using these powers. b. I will evaluate the importance of political parties in legislators’ decision-making processes. c. I will explain how a bill becomes a law. d. I will compare the House of Representatives and the Senate. e. I will evaluate how representing an entire state versus one district can affect legislative decision-making and elections. f. I will explain how legislative staff, lobbyists, interest groups, and campaign spending influences Congress members in their decisions.

  5. HS.3SS.C2.PO6: ab. I will explain the formal and informal powers of the president and also the roles the president plays domestically and with regards to foreign policy. c. I will explain the purpose of the Cabinet and the Federal Bureaucracy, as well as common criticisms of each. d. I will explain how the President is nominated and elected in the United States.

  6. HS.3SS.C2.PO7: a. I will explain judicial review and the process by which cases move through the federal court system. b. I will be able to describe accurately the sequence of events that led to a Supreme Court Case, the key rulings of the case, and also the impact of and reactions to this case. c. I will explain how a case moves through the state and federal court systems.

  7. HS.3SS.C2.PO8: I will explain the difference between an initiative, referendum and & recall on the Arizona ballot and how they make democracy more direct in our state.

  8. HS.3SS.C2.PO9: I will explain how city government is organized in terms of the branches of government and which positions are elected by the public and which are appointed.

  9. HS.3SS.C3.PO1: I can analyze the functions of government as defined in the Preamble to the Constitution.

  10. HS.3SS.C4.PO3: I will be able to explain what a government does for its citizens and what its citizens must do in return and why. 

  11. HS.4SS.C4.PO1: I will understand the impact that population growth, and demographic measurements such as birth/death rates and life expectancy have on the economy and general quality of life in a nation.

  12. HS.5SS.C4.PO1: I can analyze the similarities and differences among economic systems.


Semester 2 Standards:

* Note: Some Semester 1 standards role over into the beginning of Semester 2

  1. HS.3SS.C3.PO3: I can examine various sources of government funding. 

  2. HS.3SS.C4.PO1: I can analyze basic individual rights and freedoms guaranteed by Amendments and laws.

  3. HS.3SS.C5.PO2: I can describe factors (e.g., trade, political tensions, sanctions, terrorism) that influence United States foreign policy. 

  4. HS.3SS.C5.PO3: I can describe world governmental and non-governmental organizations (e.g., the United Nations and its agencies, NATO, the European Union, the International Red Cross).

  5. HS.5SS.C2.PO3: I can describe how government policies influence the economy.

  6. HS.5SS.C3.PO4: I will explain how taxing and the federal budget affects unemployment and the value of the American dollar.

  7. HS.5SS.C3.PO5: I can describe the role of monetary policy and how it influences our economy. 

  8. HS.5SS.C3.PO6: I can explain the effects of changes in monetary policy on Americans’ daily lives.

  9. HS.5SS.C4.PO2: I can describe the effects of international trade on the United States and other nations. 


Yearly Standards (taught throughout the school year):
  1. HS.3SS.C4.PO5: I can describe the role and influence of political parties, interest groups, and mass media.

  2. HS.3SS.C5.PO1: I can compare the United States system of politics and government to other systems of the world (e.g., monarchies, dictatorship, theocracy, oligarchy, parliamentary, unitary, proportional elections).

  3. HS.4SS.C1.PO3: I can use appropriate maps and other graphic representations to analyze geographic problems and changes over time.

  4. HS.4SS.C4.PO3: I can analyze the effects of migration on places of origin and destination including border areas.

  5. HS.4SS.C4.PO4: I will understand the role of globalization in the exchange of ideas, goods, and capital and its role in creating social challenges.


US History Standards

Quarter 1 Standards: 
  1. 11.RH.09: I can find integrate information from diverse sources.

  2. HS.1SS.C1.PO1: I can interpret historical data displayed in graphs, tables, charts, and geologic time scales.

  3. HS.1SS.C1.PO2: I can distinguish among dating methods that yield calendar ages (e.g., dendrochronology), numerical ages (e.g., radiocarbon), correlated ages (e.g., volcanic ash), and related ages (e.g., geologic time).

  4. HS.1SS.C1.PO3: I can formulate questions that can be answered by historical study and research. 

  5. HS.1SS.C1.PO4: I can construct graphs, tables, timelines, charts and narratives to interpret historical data.

  6. HS.1SS.C3.PO2: I can explain several reasons why Europeans colonized America. 

  7. HS.1SS.C3.PO3: I can compare and contrast the characteristics of the New England, Middle and Southern colonies. 

  8. HS.1SS.C4.PO1: I can explain the political, social, and economic causes of the American Revolution. 

  9. HS.1SS.C4.PO3: I can analyze the importance of events and battles during the American Revolutionary War. 

  10. HS.1SS.C4.PO4: I can describe how the national government was created and explain the difficulties the founding fathers faced throughout the process. 

  11. HS.1SS.C4.PO5: I can examine the importance of new developments of the government including the presidency, political parties, and the Supreme Court. 

  12. HS.1SS.C5.PO1: I can trace the growth of the US during westward expansion and connect each US territory acquired to historical events. 

  13. HS.1SS.C5.PO5: I can explain how new developments during the Industrial Revolution impacted the United States.

  14. HS.1SS.C6.PO1: I can explain the social, political, and economic causes of the Civil War and the differences between the North and the South. 


Quarter 2 Standards:
  1. 11.RH.02: I can find and analyze primary and secondary sources and create a summary that identifies key details and ideas.

  2. HS.1SS.C6.PO2: I can analyze several aspects of the Civil War such as the effects of technology and resources, important battles and leaders, and the impacts on civilians. 

  3. HS.1SS.C6.PO3: I can examine the short and long term effects of Reconstruction in the US after the Civil War. 

  4. HS.1SS.C7.PO1: I can analyze how the following aspects of industrialization transformed the American economy beginning in the late 19th century: a. mass production b. monopolies and trusts (e.g., Robber Barons, Taft-Hartley Act) c. economic philosophies (e.g., laissez faire, Social Darwinism, free silver) d. labor movement (e.g., Bisbee Deportation) e. trade (Month 5)

  5. HS.1SS.C7.PO2: I can assess how many aspects of American society changed by the early 20th century.

  6. HS.1SS.C7.PO3: I can evaluate how key events transformed the US during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Quarter 3 Standards:
  1. 11.RH.05: I can analyze how primary sources are structured.

  2. HS.1SS.C7.PO3: I can analyze the Indian Wars of the early 19th and 20th centuries (Little Bighorn, Wounded Knee). I can examine how imperialism transformed the United States into a global power (e.g., Spanish American War, annexation of Hawaii, Philippine-American War). I can evaluate how the progressive movement let to social and political change (Sixteenth through Nineteenth Amendments, child labor). I can identify the impact of the Teddy Roosevelt presidency on the American society (conservationism, Panama Canal, national parks, trust banking). I can analyze the effects of corruption in American politics (Tammany Hall, spoils system). I can analyze the world events leading up to the United States entering World War I and what eventually led to the end of the first world war (League of Nations, Isolationism). I can evaluate what led America into experiencing the fear of the Red Scare and how Socialism impacted the world events. 

  3. HS.1SS.C8.PO1: I can explain how the Great Depression started and how it affected people across the United States.

  4. HS.1SS.C8.PO2: I can describe how WWII impacted the American economy, women, minorities, and society. 


Quarter 4 Standards:
  1. HS.1SS.C9.PO1: I can evaluate how US foreign, economic, and political policies were impacted by the Cold War. 

  2. HS.1SS.C9.PO2: I can evaluate the domestic policies in the US after WWII.

  3. HS.1SS.C9.PO3: I can evaluate the changes in American society after WWII. 


Yearly Standards (taught throughout the school year):
  1. 11.RH.10: I can independently and proficiently read and comprehend history/ social studies text in the 12th grade level.

  2. HS.4SS.C2.PO4: I can differentiate between political, religious, economic, demographic, and historical ways of viewing places.

  3. HS.4SS.C4.PO1: I can interpret population growth and demographic information.

  4. HS.4SS.C4.PO3: I can analyze the effects of migration on places of origin and destination.

  5. HS.4SS.C4.PO5: I can understand the changing nature of cities and analyze the causes and effects of growth and development.

World History Standards

Quarter 1 Standards: 
  1. 9.RH.03: I can recognize chronology and identify cause and effect of historical events. 

  2. HS.2SS.C2.PO2: I can examine the development and the historical importance of the five major world religions.I can identify the Roman contributions such as government, law, roads and aqueducts and connect them to later civilization. 

  3. HS.2SS.C2.PO3: I can examine the ancient Greek contributions to citizenship, democracy, and architecture and connect them to later civilizations. I can identify the Roman contributions such as government, law, roads and aqueducts and connect them to later civilization. 

  4. HS.2SS.C3.PO4: I can explain the causes and effects of the Crusades during the Middle Ages.I can examine the impacts of trade between the East and West including the spread of the Black Plague. 

  5. HS.2SS.C4.PO1: I can connect ideas of the Renaissance to ancient Greek and Roman ideas. I can recognize the new developments in art and science during the Renaissance and examine the effects they had on society. 

  6. HS.2SS.C4.PO2: I can explain the effects the Reformation had on society and religion. 


Quarter 2 Standards:
  1. 9.RH.02: I can determine the main idea of a text and see how it's developed.

  2. 9.RH.06: I can determine two or more author's point of view and analyze their perspective. 

  3. HS.2SS.C6.PO1: I can explain the shift from absolute monarchies to representative and limited governments in European nations. I can explain the shift from absolute monarchies to representative and limited governments in European nations. 

  4. HS.2SS.C6.PO2: I can explain how new scientific ideas and discoveries changed the way people understood the world. 

  5. HS.2SS.C6.PO3: I can explain how Enlightenment ideas changed the way people viewed the roles of women and the government in society.

  6. HS.2SS.C6.PO4: I can examine the causes of the French Revolution and describe Robespierre's Reign of Terror. I can describe how Napoleon rose to power, led France in the Napoleonic Wars, and was finally defeated.  

  7. HS.2SS.C6.PO6: I can analyze the causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution in England. I can analyze the political and economic effects of the Industrial Revolution.

  8. HS.2SS.C7.PO1: I can explain why imperialist European countries were colonizing less developed nations.


Quarter 3 Standards:
  1. 9.RH.03: I can recognize chronology and identify cause and effect of historical events.

  2. HS.2SS.C8.PO1: I can analyze and explain multiple causes of WWI. 

  3. HS.2SS.C8.PO3: I can explain how WWI ended and the effects it had on the world.  

  4. HS.2SS.C8.PO4: I can connect the results of WWI to the rise of fascism and WWII. 

  5. HS.2SS.C8.PO5: I can explain the difference between totalitarianism and democracy. I understand the importance of military strategies during WWII. I can examine the treatment of civilian populations during WWII and the Holocaust. 


Quarter 4 Standards:
  1. 9.RH.09: I can interpret the meaning of texts that have been important in shaping world history. 

  2. HS.2SS.C8.PO7: I can identify the political, economic, and cultural effects of the Cold War. I can explain the effects of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. 

  3. HS.2SS.C8.PO8: I can compare and contrast the independence movements around the world.

  4. HS.2SS.C9.PO1: I can explain why the Soviet Union fell and how it effected other countries. 

  5. HS.2SS.C9.PO2: I can describe acts of terrorism and explain inequalities and insensitivities behind terrorism. 

  6. HS.2SS.C9.PO5: I can connect current events to history. 


Yearly Standards (taught throughout the school year):
  1. HS.2SS.C1.PO1: I can read and interpret historical information on maps, graphs, tables, charts, and timelines.

  2. HS.2SS.C1.PO3: I can develop and ask relevant questions about historical information.

  3. HS.2SS.C1.PO4: I can create graphs, tables, charts, timelines, and narratives to show historical facts.

  4. HS.2SS.C1.PO5: I understand the difference between primary and secondary sources and I can examine different aspects of primary and secondary sources.

  5. HS.2SS.C1.PO7: I can compare current events to historical events.

  6. HS.4SS.C1.PO2: Interpret maps and images (e.g., political, physical, relief, thematic, Geographic Information Systems [GIS] and Landsat). 

  7. HS.4SS.C1.PO3: I can use appropriate maps and other graphic representations to analyze geographic problems and changes over time. 

  8. HS.4SS.C1.PO4: I can use an atlas to access information. 

  9. HS.4SS.C2.PO1: I can identify the characteristics that define a region:a. physical processes such as climate, terrain, resourcesb. human processes such as religion, political, organization, economy, demographics. 

  10. HS.4SS.C2.PO4: I can analyze the differing political, religious, economic, demographic, and historical ways of viewing places and regions.

  11. HS.4SS.C4.PO3: I can analyze the effects of migration on places of origin and destination including border areas. 

  12. HS.4SS.C6.PO2: I can analyze how changing perceptions of places and environments (e.g., where individuals choose to live and work, Israeli settlements, role of military bases, Viking colonization and naming of Iceland) affect the choices of people.

Economics Standards

Quarters 1 & 3:
(Note: Standards are taught in two semester blocks - Fall and Spring) 
  1. HS.5SS.C1.PO1: I can analyze how and why people meet their wants by choosing among many alternatives. I can analyze how all goods and services are produced as a result of a combination of land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurship. I can analyze the implications of scarcity through marginal analysis by producers, consumers, savers, and investors. 

  2. HS.5SS.C1.PO2: I can analyze productions possibilities curves to describe opportunity costs and trade offs. 

  3. HS.5SS.C1.PO3: I can describe the characteristics of the mixed market economy of the United States in terms of property rights, profit motive, consumer sovereignty, competition, role of the government, rational self-interest, and invisible hand. 

  4. HS.5SS.C1.PO3ADE: Describe the characteristics of the mixed market economy of the United States: a. property rights d. competition e. role of the government.

  5. HS.5SS.C1.PO5: I can demonstrate how to interpret economic information from visual sources.

  6. HS.5SS.C2.PO1AB: Describe how the interdependence of both households and firms is affected by trade, exchange, money, and banking: a. why voluntary exchange occurs only when all participating parties expect to gain from the exchange b. role and interdependence of households, firms, and government in the circular flow model of economic activity. 

  7. HS.5SS.C2.PO2BC: Describe how market function: a. laws of supply and demand b. how a market price is determined c. graphs that demonstrate charges in supply and demand d. how price ceilings and floors cause shortages or surpluses e. comparison of monopolistic and competitive behaviors f. theory of production and the role of cost.

  8. HS.5SS.C2.PO1CE: Describe how the interdependence of both households and firms is affected by trade, exchange, money, and banking: c. roles of entrepreneurs in a market economy and how profit is an incentive that leads entrepreneurs to accept risks of business failure e. importance of rule of law in a market economy for enforcement of contracts. 

  9. HS.5SS.C2.PO2ABDF: Describe how market function:   a. laws of supply and demand   b. how a market price is determined d. how price ceilings and floors cause shortages or surpluses   f. theory of production and the role of cost. 

  10. HS.5SS.C2.PO2CE: Describe how market function: c. graphs that demonstrate charges in supply and demand  e. comparison of monopolistic and competitive behaviors. 

  11. HS.5SS.C4.PO2AB: Describe the effects of international trade on the United States and other nations: a. how people and nations gain through trade b. how the law of comparative advantage leads to specialization and trade.

  12. HS.5SS.C5.PO1: I can explain how education, career choices, and family obligations affect future income. 

  13. HS.5SS.C5.PO2: I can analyze how advertising influences consumer choices. 

  14. HS.5SS.C5.PO3: I can explain short term and long term financial goals and how they relate to income, spending, saving, and investing. 

  15. NES4: Students will understand that people respond predictably to positive and negative incentives. 


Quarters 2 & 4 (in calendar order):
(Note: Standards are calendared in two semester blocks - Fall and Spring) 
  1. HS.5SS.C1.PO4: I can evaluate different economic events using a variety of media sources.

  2. HS.5SS.C2.PO1A: Describe how the interdependence of both households and firms is affected by trade, exchange, money, and banking: a. why voluntary exchange occurs only when all participating parties expect to gain from the exchange. 

  3. HS.5SS.C2.PO1D: Describe how the interdependence of both households and firms is affected by trade, exchange, money, and banking: d. financial institutions and securities market. 

  4. HS.5SS.C3.PO1: I can determine how inflation, unemployment, and gross domestic product statistics are used in policy decisions.

  5. HS.5SS.C3.PO3: I can describe how unemployment impacts the economy, politics, and society.

  6. HS.5SS.C3.PO4: I can analyze fiscal policy and its effect on inflation, unemployment, and economic growth.

  7. HS.5SS.C3.PO5: I can describe the role of the Federal Reserve System and how it influences our economy and monetary policy. 

  8. HS.5SS.C3.PO6: I can explain how unemployment and inflation influence the economy.

  9. HS.5SS.C5.PO4: I can understand the principles of the importance of using credit wisely. 

  10. HS.5SS.C5.PO5: I can explain the benefits and losses in short-term and long-term saving and investment. 

  11. HS.5SS.C5.PO6: I can understand investments available to households and individuals. 


 

Parents, these sites are free to use, or have at least some free options. Some may require creating a free account. Once you know the name of the standard your child is working on, try searching within the site for that standard. 

    ReadWorks - thousands of free reading passages. You can sort by grade, topic, difficulty and more. Create a free account in the upper right corner. Khan Academy - instructional videos on many standards. Search by subject and standard. LearnZillion - many resources for students and parents in grades 3-9, ELA and Math.
    Purple Math - informative explanations of many math topics. Searchable by content and standard. YouTube - try searching for a specific topic, such as "how to add fractions". Teachers Pay Teachers - many of these resources require purchase, but some are free to view.
    History.com - a great source for Social Studies resources, documents, and video clips. Text structures: types, outlines, and examples - very useful guidelines on writing and types of writing.  Mood and Tone: a list of words to use when describing mood and tone - descriptive words to pump up the quality of writing.
    Parts of Speech - a good ELA resource based on parts of speech. The Science Spot - many resources based on science. Searchable by topic and subject. NewsELA - student-friendly articles based on news and current events.
    Biology Corner - a very detailed source for Biology resources. Mostly high school level, but useful in middle school as well.  Common Lit - many reading resources based on all content areas. Searchable by topic and subject. ReadWriteThink - a very powerful website for ELA standards and practice.
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