Unwrapping the Newly
Articulated Social Studies
Standard at High School
Maria Abalos Christopher Van Dyke
Grant Coordinator History/Technology Mentor
Teaching American History Grant Teaching American History Grant
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Become familiar with the format of the
new Social Studies Standard
Understand the changes from the old to the
new Social Studies Standard
Explore how to refine existing lessons to
meet the Performance Objectives (POs) of
the new Standard
The Teacher’s Role
Understand the strand(s) and the
connection to your students
Map the curriculum (group Performance
Convert Performance Objectives to
Ensure mastery of the strand(s) through
ongoing student evaluation
• Compare old v. new
• Materials adoption
• Gather resources
• Implement new Standard
How the Standard Was Developed
2004 – Development of Standard Began
2005 - March: public review
- June: submitted to Board (postponed)
- September: adopted
2006-2007 – Transition Year
& Materials Adoption (HS & MS)
2007-2008 - Implementation
Organization of the Standard
Strand 1:American History (Old Strand 1)
Strand 2: World History (Old Strand 1)
Strand 3: Civics (Old Strand 2)
Geography (Old Strand 3)
Economics (Old Strand 4)
K-3 introduces concepts
4-8 revisits concepts
9-12 analyzes concepts in depth
Language of Standard
a,b,c or i.e. – specific items that must be taught
e.g. – examples for the teacher
High School Social Studies
*Describe the Political and economic events and the social and geographic
characteristics of Medieval European life and their enduring impacts on later
civilizations, with emphasis on: (SS1-P4)(SS1-E13)
PO 1. the creation and expansion of the Byzantine empire and the reasons for the
fall of Rome
People of different regions developed unique civilizations and cultural identities
characterized by increased interaction, societal complexity and competition.
*World in Transition. (SSHS-S2C3)
PO 1. Contrast the fall of Rome with the development of the Byzantine and Arab
Empires (e.g. religion, culture, language, governmental structure).
Look at the Social Studies Crosswalk
(old to new).
Tally the POs no longer covered in the
Tally the POs newly covered in the new
Look over the new Standard (Crosswalk,
new to old) and consider which POs you
will choose to emphasize in your class.
Open up the
Crosswalk (Old to
Scroll through the
Count the POs
Scroll to the end of the Crosswalk.
You’ll see the new POs listed by strand.
Open the New to Old Crosswalk.
Look for the new POs here.
Refer to either the New to Old Crosswalk or
look at the TUSD Social Studies Standard.
Select 5 or so POs that you think are critical
for students to know within your strand.
Consider the language of the PO.
Do you prefer the language of the new
Standard or the old Social Studies Standard?
Learn the new Standard nomenclature
Look at what you are doing/have done
and align it to the new Standard
Begin to use the new Standard
Prepare for next school year
Where to Get More Information
Teaching US History Website:
TUSD Social Studies Links
TUSD Social Studies Standards:
ADE Social Studies old/new Standards:
– Old: http://www.ade.state.az.us/standards/sstudies/
– New: http://www.ade.state.az.us/SBTL/sdi/socstudies.asp
Social Studies Standard Webquest