8.29-8.31 Social Studies Skills

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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 the United States
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 which 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
create thematic maps, graphs, charts, models, and databases representing various aspects of the United States
pose and answer questions about geographic distributions and patterns shown on maps, graphs, charts, models, and databases
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
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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