American Denial State Learning Standards

Academic Standards for “American Denial” Programming (Common Core & State)

 English/Language Arts {Common Core}

Grade: 11-12 (as standards are nearly identical, went with highest grade level for increased level of rigor)

Theme: Speaking & Listening

Topic(s):  Comprehension & Collaboration, Presentation of Knowledge & Ideas

Comprehension and Collaboration:

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.

Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.

Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.

Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.

Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.


Social Studies {Ohio’s New Learning Standards}


Grade(s): 9th – 12th

Theme: American History

Topic(s): Industrialization & Progressivism (1877-1920), Prosperity, Depression & the New Deal (1919-1941), Social Transformations in

the United States (1945-1994)

Content Statement(s):

#12 – Immigration, internal migration and urbanization transformed American life.

#13 – Following Reconstruction, old political and social structures reemerged and racial discrimination was institutionalized.

#17 – Racial intolerance, anti-immigrant attitudes and the Red Scare contributed to social unrest after World War I.

#19 – Movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, African-American migration, women’s suffrage and Prohibition all contributed to social change.

#28 – Following World War II, the United States experienced a struggle for racial and gender equality and the extension of civil rights.


Grade(s): 9th – 12th

Theme: Contemporary World Issues

Topic(s): Civic Participation & Skills, Civil & Human Rights

Content Statement(s):

#3 – Individuals can evaluate media messages that are constructed using particular tools, characteristics and conventions for unique purposes.  Different communication methods affect how people define and act on issues.

#4 – Individuals can assess how effective communicators address diverse audiences.

#5 – Individuals can identify, assess and evaluate world events, engage in deliberate civil debate and influence  public processes to address global issues.

#6 – Effective civic participation involves identifying problems or dilemmas, proposing appropriate solutions, formulating action plans and assessing the positive and negative results of actions taken.

#7 – Individuals can participate through non-governmental organizations to help address humanitarian needs.

#8 – Beliefs about civil and human rights vary among social and governmental systems.

#9 – Nations and international organizations pursue their own interests on issues related to civil and human rights, Resulting in both conflict and cooperation particularly as it relates to injustices against minority groups.