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High School | Social Studies (Essential Elements)


Note: The Iowa Core Essential Elements are intended only for students with significant cognitive disabilities and who participate in alternate assessments.

Alternate Inquiry Anchor Standard

Constructing Questions

EE.SS.9-12.1. Create compelling questions representing key ideas within the disciplines.

Constructing Supporting Questions

EE.SS.9-12.2. Create supporting questions that contribute to the compelling question representing key ideas within the disciplines.

Gathering and Evaluating Sources

EE.SS.9-12.3. Gather relevant information to constructs response(s) to a compelling question using credible source(s).

EE.SS.9-12.4. N/A

Developing Claims and Using Evidence

EE.SS.9-12.5. Identify and compare evidence from multiple sources to revise or strengthen claims.

EE.SS.9-12.6. N/A

Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions

EE.SS.9-12.7. Construct an argument using evidence from 2 or more sources.

EE.SS.9-12.8. N/A

EE.SS.9-12.9. N/A

EE.SS.9-12.10. Determine if a claim and/or evidence in an argument is true.

Taking Informed Action

EE.SS.9-12.11. Identify challenges and opportunities faced by others when taking action to address the problem.

EE.SS.9-12.12. Choose a democratic strategy and procedure to make a decision and take action in their classroom.

Alternate Content Anchor Standard

Behavioral Sciences

Civics and Government


Financial Literacy


United States History

World History