THE BIG IDEAS and ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS WORKSHEET Strand 1: American History Strand 2: World History Big Idea: How did America became a nation? Big Idea: How is world history impacting who we are becoming as a global society? EQ 1: What is meant by national experience? EQ 2: What was the developmental sequence of the US becoming a nation? EQ 3: How are early civilizations the basis of our developing nation? EQ 4: What critical skills are necessary to understand our unique place in time? EQ 5: How did I become who I am? EQ 1: What important lessons has world history taught us? EQ 2: What historical patterns affect our world history and continue to impact societies globally, nationally and locally? EQ 3: Identify individuals or groups that laid the foundation for modern age through innovation, exploration, colonization and discovery? EQ 4: Analyze human experiences that affect or impact our cultural, political and economic identities or beliefs? Strand 3: Civics and Government Big Idea: What does it mean to be a citizen? EQ 1: How do symbols, people and documents represent a government? EQ 2: Why is it important to have separation and balance of powers? EQ 3: Why do we have laws? EQ 4: What are the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of citizenship? EQ 5: How do governmental systems interrelate? Strand 4: Geography Strand 5: Economics Big Idea: How does the Big Idea: How do basic economic interdependence between mankind and Earth’s physical environment affect the development of our civilizations? principals affect our lives? EQ 1: How can physical environment affect the growth of societies? EQ 2: How has human civilization affected our physical environment? EQ 3: How has geographic thinking changed the development of the world? EQ 4: What geographic tools or technologies are being used at the present time or being planned for the future? Phoenix Elementary School District No. 1 Social Studies Curriculum Writing Project Draft – October 2007 EQ 1: How do personal financial decisions effect your standard of living? EQ 2: How do governnent and business (market) policies effect your standard of living? EQ 3: How does the local, national, and global economies affect our standard of living? EQ 4: What are the fundamentals of economics? EQ 5: How do your choices effect local, national, and the global economy?