Unit Links to New York State Standards

Relevant Standards

The study of New York State and United States history requires an analysis of the development of American culture, its diversity and multicultural context, and the ways people are unified by many values, practices, and traditions.

Social Studies Standard 1 History of the United States and New York

Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.

Relevant Objectives

To investigate the roles and contributions of individuals and groups in relation to key social, political, cultural and religious practices throughout the colonial period.

To analyze how values of a people affect the guarantee of civil rights and make provision for human needs.

To understand how European and other settlers adapted to life in the American colonies

To investigate why people and places are located where they are located and what patterns can be perceived in these locations.

To explain how societies and nations attempt to satisfy their basic needs and wants by utilizing scare capital and natural and human resources.

Relevant Performance Indicators--Students will:


  • know the roots of American culture, its development from many different traditions, and the ways many people from a variety of groups and backgrounds played a role in creating it
  • understand the basic ideals of American democracy as explained in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and other important documents
  • explain those values, practices, and traditions that unite all Americans


  • explore the meaning of American culture by identifying the key ideas, beliefs, and patterns of behavior, and traditions that help define it and unite all Americans
  • interpret the ideas, values, and beliefs contained in the Declaration of Independence and the New York State Constitution and United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, and other important historical documents


  • analyze the development of American culture, explaining how ideas, values, beliefs, and traditions have changed over time and how they unite all Americans
  • describe the evolution of American democratic values and beliefs as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the New York State Constitution, the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other important historical documents

Source: NYSED.gov - Curriculum, Instruction & Instructional Technology