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Core Democratic Values Module

Section II. Criterion for Determining the Importance of Historical Events, Ideas, and People
A historical event, person, or idea would be considered to be important and "could stand on its own" if it/they were rich examples of most of the following criterion:
  • Transcends time and place,
    • Helps students understand and explain causal relationships in history,
    • Influences many subsequent events,
    • Affects a large number of people,
    • Helps us discern patterns to explain the world around us,
    • Has many clear and related examples,
    • Helps students see history from many different perspectives,
    • Helps students understand the past motivations and actions within the historical context of the time the event occurred, and
    • Illustrates that many different narratives or stories can be told in American and Michigan History.

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