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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.
Civics Instructional Resources
Civics Resources Homepage
Civics Project Artifact Library — posted 6/30/2023
Civics Project Guidebook: Online Version — updated December 2021
Civics Project Guidebook: Word Version — updated December 2021
Massachusetts Civics Project Showcase
Curricular Materials Guides
Grade 8 Civics: Curriculum Materials Guide; Curricular Materials at a Glance
At a Glance: Personal Financial Literacy
K-5 Curriculum Materials Guide
Frequently Asked Questions
Civics Projects Reporting Requirements
Race, Racism, and Culturally Responsive Teaching in History and Social Science
Investigating History is an innovative, open-source history/social science curriculum that DESE is currently developing for third through seventh grades. Beginning in June 2023, DESE will be publishing free, comprehensive curricular materials for grades five, six, and seven; materials for grades three and four are still in development. Learn more about Investigating History.
History/Social Science Leaders Network: The History/Social Science Leaders Network is a community of school and district level leaders with responsibility for history, social science, and/or civics education. Our meetings include a combination of structured professional learning on topics of high interest to the group, role- and context-alike problem solving and resource sharing, informal relationship building and networking, and structured opportunities to collaborate around developing resources.
2018 History and Social Science Framework
Supplement to the 2018 Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework — Updated December 2021
Vertical Progression of the Standards for History and Social Science Practice, by grade span
Personal Financial Literacy in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
Planning Through an Inclusive, Critical, and Responsive Lens: Quick Reference Guide and Planning Questions
Student Government Day: April 5, 2024
Last Updated: July 4, 2023
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