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
2018 History and Social Science Framework
Supplement to the 2018 Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework
Vertical Progression of the Standards for History and Social Science Practice, by grade span
History, Social Science, and Civics Education: Implementation Updates, 2020-2021
Civics Project Guidebook — Updated October 2020
Curriculum Pilot Opportunity for 2021-22
DESE is currently accepting applications for fifth, sixth, and seventh grade classrooms to be part of the pilot. Applications (Part I and Part II) are due on May 7, 2021. Please contact Reuben Henriques with any questions.
Pilot Details and Logistical Information
Application Part I (District Information)
Application Part II (School Information)
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
|Reuben Henriques||History and Social Science Content Support Lead|| Reuben.F.Henriques@mass.gov|
Last Updated: April 20, 2021