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Iowa Core logoLesson plans in the Teaching Iowa History project are designed with Iowa Core in mind.  Each lesson is drawn from the K-12 Iowa Social Studies Standards to ensure relevance to the learning goals for the State of Iowa.   Visit the Iowa Core website for more information about the standards.

Iowa Core Standard Description # of Plans
SS-Econ.9-12.24: Iowa Economy Impact Upon

Analyze how national and global economic issues and systems impact Iowa’s economy.

SS-Geo.9-12.24: Iowans Influence Iowa Environment

Identify and evaluate Iowans or groups of Iowans who have influenced Iowa’s environmental or cultural geography.

SS-Gov.9-12.27: Unique Iowa Systems

SS-Gov.9-12.27. Compare and contrast the institutions and systems of Iowa government and politics that are unique to the state including but not limited to Iowa’s unique role in presidential selection and in the special status of Meskwaki lands as non-reservation lands.

SS-Gov.9-12.28: Iowa Issues and Policy

Identify local and state issues in Iowa and evaluate formal or informal courses of action used to affect policy.

SS-US. 9-12.14: United States History
SS-US. 9-12.15: United States History

Assess the impact of individuals and reform movements on changes to civil rights and liberties. (21st century skills).

SS-US. 9-12.17: United States History

Explain the patterns of and responses to immigration on the development of American culture and law.

SS-US. 9-12.21: United States History

Analyze change, continuity and context across eras and places of study from civil war to modern America.

SS-US. 9-12.22: United States History

Evaluate the impact of inventions and technological innovations on the American society and culture.

SS-US. 9-12.24: United States History

Critique primary and secondary sources of information with attention to the source of the document, its context, accuracy, and usefulness such as the Reconstruction amendments, Emancipation Proclamation, Treaty of Fort Laramie, Chinese Exclusion Act, Roosevelt’s Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, Wilson’s Fourteen Points, New Deal Program Acts, Roosevelt’s Declaration of War, Executive Order 9066, Truman Doctrine, Eisenhower’s Farewell Speech, Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, Test Ban Treaty of 1963, Brown vs. Board of Education decision, Letter from a Birmingham Jail, and the Voting Act of 1965.

SS-US. 9-12.27: United States History

Evaluate Iowans or groups of Iowans who have influenced U.S. History.

SS-US.9-12.23: History (Iowans Influence U.S. History)

Evaluate Iowans or groups of Iowans who have influenced U.S. history.

SS-US.9-12.25: Regional, Racial, Ethnic and Gender Perspectives

Analyze how regional, racial, ethnic and gender perspectives influenced American history and culture

SS-WH.9-12.26: Iowans Influence World History

Assess Iowans or groups of Iowans who have influenced world history.

SS.1.20: History (Analyze)

Create a chronological sequence of multiple related events in the past and present using specific times.

SS.1.21: History (Analyze)

Compare life in the past to life today within different communities and cultural groups, including indigenous communities.

SS.1.4: Conclusions

Construct responses to compelling questions using examples.

SS.2.24: History (Natural Resources)

Describe the intended and unintended consequences of using Iowa’s natural resources.

SS.3.13: Economics

Identify how people use natural resources, human resources, and physical capital to produce goods and services.

SS.3.27: History (Immigration and Migration)

Analyze the movement of different groups in and out of Iowa, including the removal and return of indigenous people.

SS.3.28: History (Cultural Contributions)

Explain the cultural contributions that different groups have made on Iowa.

SS.3.9: Behavioral Sciences

Compare and contrast the treatment of a variety of demographic groups in the past and present.

SS.4.20: History (Analyze)

Compare and contrast events that happened at the same time.

SS.4.25: History (Technological Change)

Analyze the impact of technological changes in Iowa, across time and place.

SS.4.26: History (Changes to Agriculture)

Explain how Iowa’s agriculture has changed over time.

SS.5.21: History (Analyze)

Describe the connections between historical developments that occurred within the same time period.

SS.5.26: History (Civil Rights)

Analyze Iowa’s role in civil rights history.

SS.6.23: History (Compare Iowa)

Compare Iowa’s geography, natural resources and climate to other regions of the world.

SS.8.25: History (Iowa Government)

Examine the evolution of the function and structure of government in Iowa.

SS.9-12.2: Supporting Question

Develop supporting questions that contribute to an inquiry and demonstrate how, through engaging source work, new compelling and supporting questions emerge.

SS.9-12.3: Sources

Gather relevant information from multiple sources representing a wide range of views while using the origin, authority, structure, context, and corroborative value of the sources to guide the selection.

SS.9-12.6: Evidence

Refine claims and counterclaims attending to precision, significance, and knowledge conveyed through the claim while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both.

SS.9-12.7: Conclusions

Construct arguments using precise and knowledgeable claims, with evidence from multiple sources, while acknowledging counterclaims and evidentiary weaknesses.

SS.K.13: Geography

Create a route to a specific location using maps, globes, and other simple geographic models.

SS.K.14: Environment

Compare and contrast local environmental characteristics to that of other parts of the state of Iowa.

SS.K.17: History (Analyze)

Compare life in the past to life today.

SS.K.3: Responses to questions

Construct responses to compelling questions using examples.