School District of Clayton Social Studies
Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions
Humans search for meaning.
o What is truth and how do you know?
o Is truth something objective and constant or subjective and based upon place, culture, and time?
Humans are social beings.
o What constitutes a social system?
o What is the difference between transformation and radical change?
o What factors lead to unity? What factors lead to disorder?
o How are the conclusions reached by social scientists affected by race, class, gender, and ethnicity?
o Who governs?
o How do societies resolve social conflicts?
The past affects humans; humans affect the future.
o What is the story of humankind?
o How does the past relate to the present?
o What makes an event or person important?
o Do the times shape the individual or the individual shape the times?
o To what extent do individuals shape their lives?
o What story is mine alone?
Humans act and react.
o Why do humans behave the way they do?
Humans’ relationship with the land affects their development.
o How has geography affected human, social, political, economic, and cultural development?
o How have humans affected their physical environment?
Both continuity and change are aspects of human development.
o What is progress? Have humans progressed?
o How has technology affected human and cultural development?
Humans have needs.
o How do societies resolve the problem of scarcity?
o Why do some nation-states have a high standard of living while others have a low standard of