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Resources: Standards of Learning

Standards of Learning for every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada are available through the SmithsonianEducation.org website.  Follow this link and select your home state or province to see the curriculum connections for Moving the Mail West.

The museum has used the District of Columbia’s standards as a development framework. For your reference, the following skills are integrated in all three lesson plans and based on standards 5.1, 6.1, 6.4, 8.1, 8.9, 8.12, 9.13:

  • Students assess the credibility and reliability of Internet sources.
  • Students assess the credibility of primary and secondary sources, draw sound conclusions, from them, and cite sources appropriately.
  • Students define and differentiate between primary and secondary sources and know examples of each.
  • Students detect the different historical points of view on historical events and determine the context in which the historical statements were made (the questions asked, sources used, and author’s perspective).
  • Students distinguish between relevant from irrelevant information, essential from incidental information, and verifiable from unverifiable information in historical narratives and stories.
  • Students explain the central issues and problems from the past, placing people on the matrix of time and place.
  • Students identify similarities between present and past.
  • Students interpret historical maps.
  • Students use geographical knowledge and skills to analyze historical and contemporary issues.