Social Studies: Indigenous People
Standard II: Students will understand cultural factors that shape a community.
Objective 1: Evaluate key factors that determine how a community develops.
- Identify the elements of culture (e.g. language, religion, customs, artistic expression, systems of exchange).
- Describe how stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture.
- Compare elements of the local community with communities from different parts of the world (e.g. industry, economic specialization).
- Identify and explain the interrelationship of the environment (e.g. location, natural resources, and climate) and community development (e.g. food, shelter, clothing, industries, markets, recreation, and artistic creations).
- Examine changes in communities that can or have occurred when two or more cultures interact.
- Explain changes within communities caused by human inventions (e.g. steel plow, internal combustion engine, television, and computer).
Objective 2: Explain how selected indigenous cultures of the Americas have changed over time.
- Describe and compare early indigenous people of the Americas (e.g. Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Great Basin, Southwestern, Arctic, Incan, Aztec, and Mayan).
- Analyze how these cultures changed with the arrival of people from Europe, and how the cultures of the Europeans changed.
- Identify how indigenous people maintain cultural traditions today.