New York State Common Core 9-12 Social Studies Framework
The New York State Common Core 9-12 Social Studies Framework integrates existing New York State Learning Standards and the New York State Core Curriculum for Social Studies into a single document. Most of the topical coverage in the Social Studies Resource Guide with Core Curriculum has been maintained. However, the curricula were reorganized and conceptualized to progress across grade levels and to focus on broad Key Ideas and Conceptual Understandings. “Unifying Themes” based primarily on the National Council for the Social Studies themes, “Common Core Literacy Skills,” and “Social Studies Practices” are new features that provide common elements across all grades that serve to unify the framework, strengthen the progression of skills across the 9-12 continuum, and establish a consistent design approach. These replace the concepts and themes for Social Studies and the Social Studies skills listed in the Social Studies Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. The new framework outlines the core conceptual content and focuses on what students should know. It does not describe or prescribe performance indicators or performance levels. The Common Core Literacy Skills and Social Studies Practices include the skills and habits of mind that should be developed and fostered using the content for each grade band.
The 9-12 Framework for Social Studies allows for:
- Students to develop an understanding of concepts and key ideas driven by case studies, analysis of primary and secondary source documents, and an examination of patterns of events in history.
- Students to be assessed on their understanding of key ideas, as well as conceptual understandings.
- Students to be instructed across the 9-12 spectrum using a cohesive set of themes, key ideas, and concepts.
- Districts and teachers to have increased decision-making power about how to teach and illustrate conceptual understandings and key ideas to promote student understanding. There will be multiple pathways to lead students to conceptual understandings.
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