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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

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2018 History and Social Science Framework
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Supplement to the 2018 Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework
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Vertical Progression of the Standards for History and Social Science Practice, by grade span
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History, Social Science, and Civics Education: Implementation Updates, 2020-2021
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Civics Project Guidebook — Updated October 2020

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.

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Guiding Principle 2 Quick Reference Guide and Planning Questions
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Guiding Principle 2 Resources: Introductory Webinar

Applying the Guiding Principle 2 Planning Questions: Topic-Specific Examples

These examples illustrate how the 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.


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

 

Civics Resources

Personal Financial Literacy Resources
History/Social Science Networks

Civics Literacy Conference: September 23–24, 2020

Contact the History/Social Science Team

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Reuben HenriquesHistory and Social Science Content Support Lead Reuben.F.Henriques@mass.gov
Cecelia SpencerHistory and Social Science Content Support Specialist Cecelia.T.Spencer@mass.gov

Last Updated: November 9, 2020

 
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