The lessons described in “Curriculum Ideas for the Classroom” address the following social studies and language arts learning standards:
The National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)
Standard II: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the ways human beings view themselves in and over time.
Standard VI: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of how people create and change structures of power, authority, and governance.
Standard X: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic.
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Standards for the English Language Arts
Standard 4: Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, and vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
Standard 5: Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
Standard 6: Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.
Standard 7: Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print texts, artifacts, and people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.
Standard 8: Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
Standard 12: Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).