Alaska Content Standards
The Alaska Department of Education has adopted the following content standards
for high school students in the curriculum areas of English/Language Arts, Geography,
Government, and History. This list is not all-inclusive. For further content
standards, including those in other disciplines or for other grade levels,
go to: www.eed.state.ak.us.
English/Language Arts — Students should be able to:
- Speak and write well for a variety of purposes and audiences.
- Comprehend meaning from written text and oral and visual information.
- Reflect on, analyze, and evaluate a variety of oral, written and visual information.
- Relate what they see, hear and read to their own lives and to the world outside.
- Develop positions based on experience, prior knowledge, and new information.
- Use information and literature of many types and cultures to understand self and
Geography — Students should be able to:
- Use maps, globes, and graphs to locate places and regions.
- Know that places have distinctive geographic characteristics.
- Understand how geographic characteristics shape human settlements and cultures.
- Understand that regions are distinct areas defined by cultural or physical features.
- Understand the dynamic and interactive natural forces that shape environments.
- Understand how human activities affect the earth’s environments.
Government and Citizenship — Students should understand:
- The necessity and purpose of government.
- How communities and nations organize their governments.
- The constitutional foundations of the American political system
- The role of law, diversity, dissent, and public opinion and action in American politics.
- The structure of Alaska’s state and local governments.
- The role Alaska Native people have played in the governance of Alaska.
- The role of the United States in international affairs.
Alaska History — Students should understand:
- How their physical environments shaped the culture of indigenous Alaskans.
- The part that physical environment and natural resources played in Alaska’s history.
- When and why Russians came to Alaska and the impact their activities had on
indigenous people and on Alaska’s history in general.
- Changes that came about following America’s purchase of Alaska.
- The role that natural resources played in the history and development of Alaska.
- The progress of Alaska from possession to territory to state and its effect on both
indigenous people and settlers.
- The role that federal and state governments and big business play in Alaska history.
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