Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies defines what students should know and be able to do in social studies at each educational level. This lesson correlates to the following standards for high school students:
VI. Power, Authority, and Governance
Explain the purpose of government and analyze how its powers are acquired, used, and justified; analyze and explain ideas and mechanisms to meet needs and wants of citizens, regulate territory, manage conflict, establish order and security, and balance competing conceptions of a just society.
VII. Production, Distribution, and Consumption
Analyze the role that supply and demand, prices, incentives, and profits play in determining what is produced and distributed in a competitive market system; describe relationships among the various economic institutions that comprise economic systems such as households, business firms, banks, government agencies, labor unions, and corporations; apply economic concepts and reasoning when evaluating historical and contemporary social developments and issues; apply knowledge of production, distribution, and consumption in the analysis of a public issue such as the allocation of health care or the consumption of energy, and devise an economic plan for accomplishing a socially desirable outcome related to that issue.
IX. Global Connections
Analyze the causes, consequences, and possible solutions to persistent, contemporary, and emerging global issues such as health, security, resource allocation, economic development, and environmental quality.