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NCSS Thematic Strands



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National Council for the Social Studies NCSS Thematic Strands Culture The study of culture prepares students to answer questions such as What are the common characteristics of different cultures How do belief systems such as religion or political ideals influence other parts of the culture How does the culture change to accommodate different ideas and beliefs What does language tell us about the culture In schools this theme typically appears in units and courses dealing with geography history sociology and anthropology as well as multicultural topics across the curriculum Time Continuity and Change Human beings seek to understand their historical roots and to allocate themselves in time Knowing how to read and reconstruct the past allows one to develop a historical perspective and to answer questions such as Who am I What happened in the past How am I connected to those in the past How has the world changed and how might it change in the future Why does our personal sense of relatedness to the past change This theme typically appears in courses in history and others that draw upon historical knowledge and habits People Places and Environments The study of people places and humanenvironment interactions assists students as they create their spatial views and geographic perspectives of the world beyond their personal locations Students need the knowledge skills and understanding to answer questions such as Where are things located Why are they located where they are What do we mean by region How do landforms change What implications do these changes have for people In schools this theme typically appears in units and courses dealing with area studies and geography Individual Development and Identity Personal identity is shaped by one s culture by groups and institutional influences Students should consider such questions as How do people learn perceive and grow How do people meet their basic needs in a variety of contexts How do individuals develop from youth to



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