Accelerating Student Learning and Motivation in Your U.S. History Classroom

Using the Standards

Why Study U.S. History?
Using the Standards
Standardized Exams
Developing Themes in U.S. History
Historical Stories and Unit Hooks
Using Primary Sources in the Classroom
General Strategies
Alternative Assessments
Rubrics and Scaffolds
Long Term Projects
Additional Resources
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Discussion of Standards

The Difference Between Content and Analysis Standards



Some teachers feel that the standards are a handcuff. Others see the value of content standards more as excellent guideposts.  Some standards have both content and analysis standards.  When this is the case, it is analysis standards that should guide our practices and methods. The National Standards, on the other hand, seem to combine content and analysis. 
In my research, I have found that most states have similar content and analytical standards.


Links to Content and Analysis Standards

Historical Thinking Skills
I found this excellent list of analytical standards on the America's History in the Making website.  Analytical skills are the most important concepts and skills that we teachers can leave to our students.  America's History in the Making cites the source for this document as:

Kirk Ankeny, Richard del Rio, Gary B. Nash, David Vigilante, eds.,

Bringing History Alive! A Sourcebook for Teaching United States History

(Los Angeles: National Center for History in the Schools, University of

California, Los Angeles, 1996), 6-15.

United States History Standards for Grades 5-12


In the workbook, we specifically looked at the two following standards:


8th Grade Stadard Era 3 Revolution and the New Nation: 


11th Grade Standard Era 8 The Great Depression and WWII: