History, Social Science, and Civics
The primary purpose of a history and social science education is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become thoughtful and active participants in a democratic society and a complex world.
The 2018 Massachusetts Framework for History and Social Science lays out three pillars that support coherent, rigorous, and engaging instruction: Standards for History and Social Science Practice, grade-specific Content Standards, and Literacy Standards for History and Social Science.
History/Social Science Learning Standards and Supporting Documents
History/Social Science Instructional Resources
Professional Development Resources and Recordings
Webinar (9/9/2020): Building a Foundation for Community, Connection, and Civil Discourse in History and Social Studies
Resources for Planning Through an Inclusive, Critical, and Responsive Lens: Guiding Principle 2 of the History and Social Science Framework emphasizes that history and social science instruction should be inclusive of diverse perspectives; challenge students to think critically about power, prejudice, and oppression; and be responsive to students' multiple identities. This quick reference guide and the attached planning questions are intended to support educators in using Guiding Principle 2 to reflect upon and plan their instruction.
These examples illustrate how the Guiding Principle 2 planning questions might be answered about selected topics from a variety of grade levels within the Framework. Created in consultation with content experts, they include suggested resources and historical developments tied to each question.
Personal Financial Literacy Resources
History/Social Science Networks
Contact the History/Social Science Team
|Kathryn Gabriele||History/Social Science Content Support Specialist|| Kathryn.R.Gabriele@mass.gov|
|Reuben Henriques||History and Social Science Content Support Lead|| Reuben.F.Henriques@mass.gov|
Last Updated: July 20, 2021