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South Dakota Educational Content Standards

Ninth Through Twelfth Grades

The following list was selected from the South Dakota Content Standards for the Ninth through the Twelfth Grades. These specific standards can be met through the tours offered at the National Music Museum (not every standard is met in every tour offered). This information can be used to assist teachers in selecting appropriate tours and to enable teachers to request specific standards they would like to see met during a visit to the Museum. It can also be used to justify the field trip and the cost of transportation.

The student will:
  1. apply various context clues to determine word meaning.
  2. connect and synthesize main ideas and concepts to determine relationships with other sources or topics.
  3. extend comprehension by combining new information with prior knowledge.
  4. evaluate new information in relationship to past experience/knowledge.
  5. analyze the effect personal knowledge has on the interpretation of text.
  6. ascertain the difference between fact, reasoned judgement, and opinion in various texts.
  7. write business correspondence acceptable for workplace and academics.
  8. synthesize information from multiple sources and analyze the unique perspective of each medium.
  9. evaluate the effect of different verbal cues on the impact of a message.
  10. use interpersonal etiquette and maintain an open mind when listening and viewing.
  11. ask appropriate, focused, and subject-related questions to interpret the intent of the communication.
  12. summarize, restate, or paraphrase what has been presented for clarification and understanding.
  13. interpret instructions and directions presented in a variety of forms and situations.
  14. determine how the clarity and organization of communication can affect the meaning of a message.
  15. analyze the effect of eye contact, facial expression, gestures, and posture used in oral communication.
  16. paraphrase the speaker's purpose and point-of-view for clarification and comprehension.
  17. ask relevant questions concerning content and meaning of information for increased comprehension and retention.
  18. recognize and use logical patterns of organization for effective recall.
  19. clarify and defend positions with precise and relevant evidence.
  20. use vocabulary and terminology appropriate for the audience.
  21. use appropriate grammar, sentence structure, and syntax in various speaking situations.
  22. determine how the environment for an audience can affect communication.
  23. summarize causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution with emphasis on new inventions and industrial production methods; economic changes to capitalism and free enterprise; and impact of industrialization, urbanization, and immigration on American society.
  24. know the physical and human characteristics of places by applying the concept of regions to organize the study of a geographic issue using multiple criteria, and analyzing changes in regions and recognizing the patterns of those changes.
  25. know how culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions by analyzing why places and regions are important to human identity, comparing and contrasting how and why different groups in society view places and regions differently, and analyzing the ways places and regions reflect cultural change.
  26. know how to apply geography to understand the past by analyzing how differing perceptions of places, people, and resources have affected events and conditions in the past; and analyze the fundamental role the places and environments have played in history.
  27. explain how observation and evidence are essential for reaching a conclusion.
  28. apply basic scientific processing skills (observing, classifying, measuring, communicating, predicting, inferring).
  29. analyze the impact of scientific investigations and findings on human society.
  30. predict and evaluate how the characteristics of materials influence product design.
  31. create, implement, and defend a plan for gathering data to answer relevant questions.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Deborah Check Reeves, Curator of Education at 605-677-5306 or e-mail her at

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