Essential Questions Tied to Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Social Studies
The visual outlines the essential questions that best reflect the benchmark performance standards in each strand. They are color- and icon-coded, and each strand has 3-4 questions that are intended to work K-12.
Below are the essential questions for each strand, and links to documents for each benchmark grade level, showing how the essential questions support the WMAS/SS specific performance standards.
Standard A: Geography
- How do maps, globes, and other geographic representation tools reflect history, culture, politics, and economics?
- How does where I live influence how I live?
- How do geography, climate, and natural resources affect the way people live and work?
- What are the cultural factors of civilizations, and what functions do they serve?
Standard B: History
- What should we do if primary sources disagree?
- How does the past influence the present?
- What are the historical factors of civilizations, and what functions do they serve?
- How do competing interests influence how power is gained, distributed, and exercised?
Standard D: Economics
- How do scarcity and competition influence decision-making at the personal, business, and government levels?
- What causes change in the US economy?
- How do different economic systems and trade policies impact a person's way of life/standard of living?
- What role should government play in regulation of an economy?
Standard E: Behavioral Sciences
- How do others, the media, and society influence our identity and the choices we make?
- What are the characteristics, benefits, and challenges of a diverse society?
- How and why do we gather, interpret, and use research about the behavioral sciences?