Social studies are the integrated study of the social science and humanities to promote involvement in civic activities. Students will learn about the American form of democracy, which is also called representative government. They will understand that the key provisions of the U.S. Constitution are based on the principles of liberty and equality. They will understand the concept of the balance of power. Students will also learn the rights that are established in the U.S. Constitution. They will begin to look in greater depth of the varying viewpoints that must be considered in the making of government policy. The ultimate aim of the curriculum is to enable students to learn about the past and to better understand the present in order to anticipate and prepare for the future.
Social studies will provide students with knowledge of, and appreciation for, the cultural heritage of the United States. In addition to the role as citizen, students will fulfill six other roles in their lives: self, family member, friend, worker, consumer and member of various social groups. Students learn about each of these roles through activities in social studies education. Social studies education promotes loyalty and love of country and it prepares students to participate intelligently in public affairs. Moreover, social studies will ready students for future careers in: law, education and politics.
Students will be required to write a research paper and give presentations on current event topics related to the U. S. Constitution. There will be a variety of assessments including tests and quizzes. Students will keep a well-organized journal and portfolio to show growth over time. Panel discussions, debates and field trips will be crucial elements to strengthen their literacy skills. Finally, students will hone skills necessary to pass the standardized test, PARCC.