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History, Social Science, and Civics

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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

Culturally Responsive Teaching Resources

Civics Resources

Genocide Education Resources
  • Genocide Education in Massachusetts: Frequently Asked Questions : This provides additional information related to the genocide education requirement signed into law in December 2021. The document includes examples of what genocide education might look like in different grade levels as well as links to instructional resources that can support educators in teaching about genocide.

Personal Financial Literacy Resources

Open-Source Curriculum Project: Investigating History

Investigating History is an innovative, open-source history/social science curriculum that DESE is currently developing for fifth, sixth, and seventh grades. It is designed to be fully aligned to the Massachusetts 2018 History/Social Science Framework , engaging students with its content, practice, and literacy standards through an inquiry-based approach.

In the 2021-22 school year, a cohort of districts across the Commonwealth will pilot the Investigating History materials. The pilot materials will then be revised based on feedback from educators and students, and we anticipate making the first Investigating History units publicly available in Summer 2022. Learn more about Investigating History.

History/Social Science Networks and Professional Development
  • 2021-2022 History/Social Science Leaders Network: This network is intended to support school and district leaders in their work to ensure excellent, equitable history/social science instruction for all students. This network will help leaders continue their implementation of the 2018 Framework through sharing resources and strategies and providing a space to connect and collaborate with others across the Commonwealth. While the focus of our work will be responsive to participant need, likely topics include culturally responsive practice, student-driven inquiry, vertical progression of standards, embedding civics across grades K-12, and news and media literacy.

Contact the History/Social Science Team

Kathryn GabrieleHistory/Social Science Content Support Specialist
Reuben HenriquesHistory and Social Science Content Support Lead

Last Updated: September 21, 2022

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