Social studies skills

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The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired through established research methodologies from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology. The student is expected to:
Differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as computer software, databases, media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about Texas;
Analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions;
Organize and interpret information from outlines, reports, databases, and visuals, including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps;
Identify points of view from the historical context surrounding an event and the frame of reference that influenced the participants;
Support a point of view on a social studies issue or event;
Identify bias in written, oral, and visual material;
Evaluate the validity of a source based on language, corroboration with other sources, and information about the author;
Use appropriate mathematical skills to interpret social studies information such as maps and graphs.
The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms. The student is expected to:
Use social studies terminology correctly;
Use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, and proper citation of sources;
Transfer information from one medium to another, including written to visual and statistical to written or visual, using computer software as appropriate;
Create written, oral, and visual presentations of social studies information.
The student uses problem-solving and decision-making skills, working independently and with others, in a variety of settings. The student is expected to:
Use a problem-solving process to identify a problem, gather information, list and consider options, consider advantages and disadvantages, choose and implement a solution, and evaluate the effectiveness of the solution;
Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision.

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