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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

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.

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Pilot Details and Logistical Information
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Application Part I (District Information)
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Application Part II (School Information)

History/Social Science Instructional Resources

Professional Development Resources and Recordings

Civics Resources
Personal Financial Literacy Resources
History/Social Science Networks

Contact the History/Social Science Team

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Reuben HenriquesHistory and Social Science Content Support Lead Reuben.F.Henriques@mass.gov

Last Updated: April 20, 2021

 
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