For the first time, all arts disciplines in the North Carolina Essential Standards contain a clarifying objective aligned directly with the Social Studies Essential Standards.

Kindergarten
Use the arts to illustrate how people express themselves differently.
1st Grade
Recognize how the arts are used in customs and traditions of various cultures.
2nd Grade
Exemplify (dances, music, theatrical works, visual arts works) representing the heritage, customs, and traditions of various cultures.
3rd Grade
Exemplify how the arts are used by various groups for artistic expression within the local community.
4th Grade
Understand how the arts have affected, and are reflected in, the culture, traditions, and history of North Carolina.
5th Grade
Understand how the arts have affected, and are reflected in, the culture, traditions, and history of the United States.
6th Grade
Understand the arts in relationship to the geography, history, and culture of world civilizations and societies from the beginning of human society to the emergence of the First Global Age (1450).
7th Grade
Understand the arts in relationship to the geography, history, and culture of modern societies from the emergence of the First Global Age (1450) to the present.
8th Grade
Understand the role of the arts in North Carolina and the United States in relation to history and geography.
Beginning
Use the arts to explore concepts in world history and relate them to significant events, ideas, and movements from a global context.
Intermediate
Use the arts to explore concepts of civics and economics, such as systems, functions, structures, democracy, economies, and interdependence.
Proficient
Understand the role of the arts in United States history as a means of interpreting past eras within an historical context.
Advanced
Interpret the arts from personal, cultural, and historical contexts.