Catholic Curriculum Standards

History 7-12

IN HISTORY 7-12[1]

Teachers should guide the students’ work in such a way that they will be able to discover a religious dimension in the world of human history. As a preliminary, they should be encouraged to develop a taste for historical truth, and therefore to realize the need to look critically at texts and curricula which, at times, are imposed by a government or distorted by the ideology of the author…they will see the development of civilizations, and learn about progress…When they are ready to appreciate it, students can be invited to reflect on the fact that this human struggle takes place within the divine history of universal salvation. At this moment, the religious dimension of history begins to shine forth in all its luminous grandeur.

The Religious Dimension of a Catholic School, 1988, # 58-59

General Standards
CS H.712 GS1 Describe how history begins and ends in God and how history has a religious dimension.
CS H.712 GS2 Analyze stories of important Catholic figures and saints who through their actions and examples develop or re-awaken that period’s moral sense.
CS H.712 GS3 Describe the historical impact of the Catholic Church on human events.
CS H.712 GS4 Explain how religious and moral knowledge are a requisite for understanding human grandeur and the drama of human activity throughout history.
CS H.712 GS5  Display personal self-worth and dignity as a human being and as part of God’s ultimate plan of creation.
Intellectual Standards
CS H.712 IS1 Describe how God, Himself, through the incarnation, has “sacramentalized” time and humanity.
CS H.712 IS2 Analyze how God has revealed Himself throughout time and history, including the things we know best and can easily verify.
CS H.712 IS3 Analyze how life experiences and life choices create a personal history with eternal consequences.
CS H.712 IS4 Evaluate how history is not a mere chronicle of human events, but rather a moral and meta-physical drama having supreme worth in the eyes of God.
CS H.712 IS5 Analyze cultures to show how they give expression to the transcendental aspects of life, including reflection on the mystery of the world and the mystery of humanity.
CS H.712 IS6 Develop an historical perspective and intellectual framework to properly situate each academic discipline, not only in its own developmental timeline, but also within the larger story of historical, cultural, and intellectual development.
CS H.712 IS7 Identify, from the Catholic perspective, the motivating values, philosophies, and theologies that have informed particular societies (e.g., Mexico, Canada, early colonies in the U.S.).
CS H.712 IS8 Demonstrate the ways men and societies change and/or persist over time to better understand the human condition.
CS H.712 IS9 Evaluate how societies provide a sense of coherence and meaning to human life, shaping and forming human culture and events.
CS H.712 IS10 Analyze great figures and events in history using the systematic frameworks of Western philosophical tradition and Catholic moral norms and virtue to better understand both those people and events.
CS H.712 IS11 Compare the actions of peoples according to their historical and cultural norms to the expectations of current Catholic moral norms and virtues.
CS H.712 IS12 Demonstrate how historical events and patterns of change help predict and plan for future events.
CS H.712 IS13 Describe how the moral qualities of a citizenry naturally give rise to the nature of the government and influence societal outcomes and destinies.
CS H.712 IS14 Relate how the development of a broader viewpoint of history and events affects individual experiences and deepens a sense of being and the world.
CS H.712 IS15 Analyze the thoughts and deeds of great men and women of the past.
CS H.712 IS16 Analyze and exhibit mastery of essential dates, persons, places, and facts, relevant to the Western tradition and the Catholic Church.
CS H.712 IS17 Examine texts for historical truths, recognizing bias or distortion by the author and overcoming a relativistic viewpoint.
CS H.712 IS18 Analyze historical events, especially those involving critical human experiences of good and evil, so as to enlarge understanding of self and others.
CS H.712 IS19 Distinguish the basic elements of Christian social ethics within historical events.
CS H.712 IS20 Evaluate how Christian social ethics extend to questions of politics, economy, and social institutions and not just personal moral decision-making.
CS H.712 IS21 Evaluate the concept of subsidiarity and its role in Catholic social doctrine.
CS H.712 IS22 Analyze the concept of solidarity and describe its effect on a local, regional, and global level.
CS H.712 IS23 Compare the right to own private property with the universal distribution of goods and the distribution of goods in a socialist society.
CS H.712 IS24 Summarize the case for the dignity of work and the rights of workers.
CS H.712 IS25 Examine the Church’s position on freedom and man’s right to participate in the building up of society and contributing to the common good.
CS H.712 IS26 Articulate the tension and distinction between religious freedom and social cohesion.
CS H.712 IS27 Identify the dangers of relativism present in the notion that one culture cannot critique another, and that truth is simply culturally created.
Dispositional Standards
CS H.712 DS1 Select and describe beautiful artifacts from different times and cultures.
CS H.712 DS2 Exhibit love for the common good and a shared humanity with those present, those who have gone before, and those who will come after.
CS H.712 DS3 Evaluate the aesthetics (idea of beauty) of different cultures and times to better appreciate the purpose and power of both cultural and transcendent notions of the beautiful.
CS H.712 DS4 Share Catholic virtues and values (i.e., prudence and wisdom) gleaned from the study of human history to better evaluate personal behaviors, trends of contemporary society, and prevalent social pressures and norms.
CS H.712 DS5 Justify how history, as a medium, can assist in recognizing and rejecting contemporary cultural values that threaten human dignity and are contrary to the Gospel message.
CS H.712 DS6 Demonstrate respect and appreciation for the qualities and characteristics of different cultures in order to pursue peace and understanding, knowledge and truth.

[1] See Appendix D for History resources.