GRADE NINE: UNITED STATES STUDIES TO 1900 This program of study follows the evolution of the Constitution as a living document and the role of participatory democracy in the development of a rapidly changing technological society. This study of the United States is an examination of the formative years from the Pre-Columbian civilizations to its transformation as a dominant political and economic influence in the world. Special emphasis is placed on how the challenges of settling expansive and widely-differing environments were met by a diverse population. West Virginia teachers are responsible for analyzing the benefits of technology for learning and for integrating technology appropriately in the students’ learning environment. See the related grade-level Technology Standards and Objectives.
All materials at this grade level (1) be research based and theory driven; (2) incorporate basic, accurate information that is developmentally appropriate; (3) use interactive activities that actively engage students; (4) provide students with opportunities to model and practice relevant skills; (5) develop higher order thinking opportunities; and (6) be based on national standards. The instructional materials should provide students with opportunities to:
1. compare and contrast various citizens’ responses to controversial government actions. (SS.9.1.1; 9.3.4)