New York State Common Core K-12 Social Studies Framework
The revised draft New York State Common Core K-12 Social Studies Framework integrates existing New York State Learning Standards and the New York State Core Curriculum for Social Studies into a single 3-part document. Most of the topical coverage in the Social Studies Resource Guide with Core Curriculum has been maintained. “Unifying Themes” based primarily on the National Council for the Social Studies themes, “Common Core Literacy Skills,” and “Social Studies Practices” are features that provide common elements across all grades that serve to unify the framework, strengthen the progression of skills across the K-12 continuum, and establish a consistent design approach. 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. Key ideas, conceptual understandings and content specifications are provided for each grade, K-12. For information on the development of this document, please read Background Information.
The K-12 Framework for Social Studies allows for:
- Students to be instructed in a way that integrates social studies content with Common Core Literacy Standards (CCLS) and Social Studies Practices, thereby developing proficiency across these areas.
- Students to develop conceptual understanding through inquiry into case studies, utilizing a variety of source material to uncover relationships and patterns across the social sciences.
- Students to be assessed on their understanding of key ideas and conceptual understandings, as well as their content knowledge as it relates to key ideas and concepts.
- Students to be instructed across the K-12 spectrum using a cohesive set of themes, key ideas, concepts, and illustrative content.
- 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.
Based on public feedback, guidance from the Content Advisory Panel, and developments in the field, the New York State K-12 Common Core Social Studies Framework was substantially revised. The revised draft New York State K-12 Common Core Social Studies Framework outlines the Social Studies Themes, Practices, and Common Core Literacy Standards for History/Social Studies. The Framework’s primary purpose is to articulate a content focus for each grade level in a way that promotes conceptual understanding and provides space for the integration of content, practices, and literacy by specifying key content at each grade level. Major revisions to the Framework include
- Thorough revision of Key Ideas to ensure that Key Ideas are limited in number (8 to 12 for each grade level), representative of substantive enduring understandings, and balanced across social studies disciplines and multiple perspectives.
- Thorough revision of Conceptual Understandings to ensure that Conceptual Understandings are limited in amount (2 to 7 per Key Idea), intentionally aligned to support Key Ideas, and specific enough to drive meaningful instruction.
- The addition of content specifications, crafted as “Students will…” statements, to add further clarity and depth to Conceptual Understandings by articulating specific content that can be taught to illuminate Conceptual Understandings. Ultimately, content specifications are designed to work in tandem with Conceptual Understandings in support of the larger Key Ideas. In this way, specific social studies content is integrated with larger concepts and themes in order to promote robust conceptual understanding.
The Field Guide, to be released in Spring of 2014, will build on the Framework by providing guidance on how to the leverage the Framework to promote conceptual understanding (including the development of questions to drive inquiry) and how to integrate social studies content, practices, and the CCLS in curriculum, assessment, and instruction. In short, the Framework articulates what students should learn in social studies, while the Field Guide will provide guidance about how to integrate social studies content, practices, and CCLS in the context of rigorous, inquiry-driven instruction.
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The online survey will be available until Monday, January 20, 2014.