Curriculum Standards

March 25, 2016 Update!

Please click here to read a response to the recent change of standards for teaching the Holocaust in Georgia's schools.

What Georgia Performance Standards must be met?

Fifth Grade Social Studies

Historical Understandings
SS5H6 - The student will explain the reasons for America’s involvement in World War II.
a. Describe Germany’s aggression in Europe and Japan’s aggression in Asia.
b. Describe major events in the war in both Europe and the Pacific; include Pearl Harbor,  Iwo Jima, D Day, VE and VJ Days, and the Holocaust.
d. Identify Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill, Hirohito, Mussolini and Hitler.
Government/Civic Understandings

SS5CG1 - The student will explain how a citizen’s rights are protected under the U.S. Constitution.
a. Explain the responsibilities of a citizen.
b. Explain the freedoms granted and rights protected by the Bill of Rights.
c. Explain the concept of due process of law and describe how the U.S. Constitution protects a citizen’s rights by due process.

Sixth Grade Social Studies

Historical Understandings
SS6H7 - The student will explain conflict and change in Europe to the 21st century.
a. Describe major developments following World War I:  the Russian Revolution, the  Treaty of Versailles, worldwide depression and the rise of Nazism.
b. Explain the impact of World War II in terms of the Holocaust, the origins of the Cold  War, and the rise of Superpowers.
Geographic Understandings

SS6G8 - The student will locate selected features of Europe.
a. Locate on a world and regional political- physical map: the Danube River, Rhine River, English Channel, Mediterranean Sea, European Plain, the Alps, Pyrenees, Ural Mountains, Iberian Peninsula, and Scandinavian Peninsula.
b. Locate on a world and regional political-physical map the countries of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.

Seventh Grade Social Studies

Historical Understandings

SS7H2 - The student will analyze continuity and change in Southwest Asia (Middle East) leading to the 21st century.
b. Explain the historical reasons for the establishment of the   modern State of Israel in 1948; include the Jewish religious connection to the land, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and Zionism in   Europe.
c. Describe how land and religion are reasons for continuing conflicts in the Middle East.

Eighth Grade Social Studies

Historical Understandings
SS8H9 - The student will describe the impact of World War II on Georgia’s development economically, socially and  politically.
c. Explain the impact of the Holocaust on Georgians.

U.S. History

SSUSH16 - The student will identify key developments in the aftermath of WWI.
a. Explain how rising communism and socialism in the     United States led to the Red Scare and immigrant restriction.

World History

SSWH17 - The student will be able to identify the major political and economic factors that shaped world societies  between World War I and World War II.
c. Describe the rise of fascism in Europe and Asia by comparing the policies of Benito  Mussolini in Italy, Adolf Hitler in Germany, and Hirohito in Japan.
d. Describe the nature of totalitarianism and the police state that existed in Russia, Germany, and Italy and how they differ from authoritarian governments.
e. Explain the aggression and conflict leading to World War II in Europe and Asia; include the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, the Spanish Civil War, the Rape of Nanjing in China, and the  German annexation of the Sudetenland.
SSWH18 - The student will demonstrate understanding of the global political, economic, and social impact of World War II. 
a. Describe the major conflicts and outcomes; include Pearl Harbor, El-Alamein, Stalingrad, D-Day, Guadalcanal, the Philippines, and the end of the war in Europe and Asia. 
b. Identify Nazi ideology, policies, and consequences that led to the Holocaust. 

New National Standards - Common Core Standards in Social Studies

1. Cite specific evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the  date and origin of the information.
2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide  an accurate summary  of how key events or ideas develop.

3. Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or  simply preceded them.

This page was last updated March 22, 2016.