Academic Standards for
Uncle Sam Wants You!

Twelfth Grade Standards


Nebraska Language Arts

12.1.2 By the end of the twelfth grade, students will locate, evaluate, and use primary and secondary resources for research.
Example Indicators:

  • Use print reference materials (gazetteer, atlas, specialized index, handbook, manual, government document, book of quotations, college and career resources, and citation style manual).
  • Use electronic resources (CD-ROM, software, online resources, and multimedia presentation tools).
  • Use library resources (card/electronic catalog, bibliography, periodical, and other informational text).
  • Identify and gather resources that provide relevant and reliable information.

12.2.1 By the end of the twelfth grade, students will write using standard English (conventions) for sentence structure, usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
Example Indicators:

  • Use correct capitalization, spelling and paragraph indentation.
  • Use correct punctuation in sentences with embedded parts (appositives, restrictive and non-restrictive clauses, interruptions, explanatory notes, and examples).
  • Use all parts of speech correctly.
  • Use a variety of sentence structures.
  • Use correct punctuation and capitalization when writing footnotes/endnotes.

12.2.2 By the end of the twelfth grade, students will write compositions with focus, related ideas, and supporting details.
Example Indicators:

  • Use a variety of strategies to generate and organize ideas.
  • Write compositions with an introduction, body, and conclusion.
  • Select a topic of appropriate breadth for the particular situation.
  • Write narrative, descriptive, and/or expository compositions.
  • Cite resources.
  • Define plagiarism and fair use standards.

12.2.4 By the end of the twelfth grade, students will use multiple forms to write for different audiences and purposes.
Example Indicators:

  • Develop narrative, persuasive, descriptive, technical, and/or expository writing for a designated audience and purpose.
  • Write to describe, explain, persuade, inform and/or entertain.

Social Studies

12.1.8 By the end of twelfth grade, students will recognize and explain the origins and effects of World War II.
Example Indicators:

  • Describe the rise of and aggression of totalitarian regimes in Germany, Italy, and Japan.
  • Summarize the rise of Fascism, Nazism, and Communism in the 1930's and 1940's and the response of Europe and the United States.
  • Explain the role of the Soviet Union.
  • Explain appeasement, isolationism, and the war debates in Europe and the United States prior to the outbreak of war.
  • Relate the impact of mobilization for war, at home and abroad.
  • Summarize the major battles, military turning points, and key strategic decisions.
  • Explain the Holocaust and its impact.
  • Describe the reshaping of the United States' role in world affairs after the war.
  • Summarize the major changes in Eastern Europe, China, Southeast Asia, and Africa following the war.

12.1.14 By the end of twelfth grade, students will demonstrate verbal and written skills that focus on enduring issues, divergent viewpoints, and excerpts from famous speeches and documents in United States history.
Example Indicators:

  • Discuss civil disobedience v. the rule of law.
  • Analyze the role of government to the individual in economic planning and social programs.
  • Debate freedom of the press v. the right to a fair trial.
  • Analyze the tension between majority rule and minority rights.
  • Debate problems of intolerance toward racial, ethnic, and religious groups in American society.
  • Discuss the evolution of rights, freedoms, and protections through political and social movements.
  • Interpret aspects of "United States Constitution", "Bill of Rights", "Letter from Birmingham", "Speak softly and carry a big stick...," "Gettysburg Address", etc.

12.2.10 By the end of twelfth grade, students will analyze major 20th century historical events.
Example Indicators:

  • Relate ethnic conflicts, e.g., Bosnia, Arab-Israeli conflict, Biafra and Rwanda, Northern Ireland and Kashmir, and Zapatistas and Mexico.
  • Compare trends in global populations, growth and distribution over time.
  • Differentiate the development of collective security organizations, e.g., League of Nations, the United Nations, NATO, and Warsaw Pact.
  • Differentiate the development of world economic associations, e.g., E.C., NAFTA, WTO, World Bank, IMF.
  • Discuss the extension of human rights, e.g., women and all nationalities.
  • Compare the causes and effects of World War I and World War II.
  • Summarize the Russian Revolution.
  • Relate the rise, aggression, and human costs of totalitarian regimes in the Soviet Union, Germany, Italy, and Japan.
  • Summarize the political, social, and economic impact of the 1930's worldwide depression.
  • Describe the Nazi Holocaust and other examples of genocide.
  • Explain how new technologies, e.g., atomic power, influenced patterns of conflict.
  • Discuss the economic and military power shifts since 1945, e.g., the rise of Germany and Japan as economic powers.
  • Relate the revolutionary movements in Asia and its leaders, e.g., Mao Tse-tung and Ho Chi Minh.
  • Explain how African and Asian countries achieved independence from European colonial rule, e.g., India under Gandhi and Kenya under Kenyatta, and how they have fared under self-rule.
  • Describe regional and political conflicts, e.g., Korea and Vietnam.
  • Summarize the end of the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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