Systems and Settlements
Systems and Settlements in a New World is an interdisciplinary unit extending beyond the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in Social Studies. The unit uses advanced-level reading, writing, and discussion skills to explore the concept of systems, which is the overarching theme of the unit. By participating in this unit, students should grasp the following conceptual understandings:
- Systems contain identifiable components which are inherently linked to promote functionality;
- Therefore, systems can be productive or dysfunctional.
- Many systems are made up of smaller systems, or "sub" systems, which are interdependent.
- The interactions and outputs of a system change when its inputs, elements or boundaries change.