Social Studies

Gregory Grasso
Supervisor of Social Studies / Business

Administration Building
2 East Gibbons Street
Linden, NJ 07036
Phone: 908-486-2800
Fax: 908-587-9604
ggrasso@lindenps.org

Social Studies Department Vision

Know the past. Engage the present. Impact the future.

 

Social Studies Department Mission Statement

The mission of our department is to prepare our students to become informed and engaged citizens of an increasingly global, interdependent world. Our focus as Social Studies educators is to ensure that experiences in our classrooms are meaningful, real, and authentic for all learners. We challenge our students to engage the world around them and strive to find resolutions to both local and global problems. These are the challenges we equip our students to confront, discuss, and address throughout their lifetime. In the end, Social Studies teachers have the highest expectations for all students; we will instill discipline, hard work, and progressive thought through a rigorous instructional model.

 

Social Studies Department Goals

  • To foster an understanding of the processes which are critical to solving complex problems, and to engage students in the regular practice of those problem-solving skills.
  • To enable students, through an interpretation of historical facts, to analyze information, and to fully engage in higher-level thinking.
  • To promote knowledge of the core content of historical, political, economic, legal, and social issues of our world, nation, and community.
  • To help students see the world from different perspectives- those of the historian, the geographer, the economist, the political scientist, the psychologist, the lawyer, and other social scientists- and employ the different tools and techniques of each discipline in critical thought.
  • To guide our diverse student population in realizing their potential as citizens of a democratic nation and members of our local community.

 

Standards and NJDOE Mandates Guiding Curriculum Development and Instruction

A) New Jersey Student Learning Standards
https://www.nj.gov/education/cccs/2020/2020%20NJSLS-SS.pdf

B) The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History
http://www.socialstudies.org/c3

C) Amistad Commission Mandates…
(specific topics are identified where appropriate within each curriculum unit)

  • the teaching of the African slave trade, slavery in America, the vestiges of slavery in this country and the contributions of African‐Americans to our society
  • evidence is found in all grade‐bands in the district’s K to 12 social studies curricula, [e.g., units about slavery, civil rights, Contemporary United States History (Era 14)
  • Resources available at: http://www.njamistadcurriculum.net, https://www.learningforjustice.org

D) Holocaust Commission Mandates…
(specific topics are identified where appropriate within each curriculum unit)

  • the curricula address issues of bias, prejudice and bigotry, including bullying through the teaching of the Holocaust and genocide for all children in grades K to 12
  • the implementation of this mandate will be found in the district’s K to 12 social studies curricula, specifically in standard 6.3 (K to 4 and 5 to 8) and during the appropriate time periods in grades 9‐12 (standard 6.1, Era 11 and 6.2, Era 4)
  • Resources available at: https://www.nj.gov/education/holocaust/index.shtml, https://www.learningforjustice.org

E) LGBT and Special Needs Mandate…
(specific topics are identified where appropriate within each curriculum unit)

 

Social Studies Program Map

Grades 1-3 Course Title:           Themes of Social Studies

Resources:              Pearson MyWorld Interactive

https://www.savvas.com/index.cfm?locator=PS344n

Topics:                      Developing a social, political, cultural, and economic awareness through the introduction and elaboration of essential themes including self, family, government, needs and wants, financial literacy, traditions, and cultural symbols.

Grade 4 Course Title:           Regions of the United States

Resources:              Pearson MyWorld Interactive

https://www.savvas.com/index.cfm?locator=PS344n

Topics:                      An introduction to the geography and history of the United States.

Grade 5 Course Title:           United States History: An introduction to Early American History

Resources:              Pearson MyWorld Interactive

https://www.savvas.com/index.cfm?locator=PS344n

Topics:                      Colonialization to the American Revolution

Grade 6 Course Title:           Civics / World Geography (each taught ½ year)

Resource:                Discovery Education: Social Studies TechBook

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/programs/social-studies/techbook/

Topics:                      U.S. Constitution and Active Citizenship

Examining African, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America from the perspective of the 5 themes of geography (Location, Place, Human Environment Interaction, Movement, Regions

Grade 7 Course Title:           United States History

Resource:                Discovery Education: Social Studies TechBook

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/programs/social-studies/techbook/

Topics:                      The American Revolution, Development of a New Nation, Expansion and Reform, Civil War and Reconstruction

Grade 8 Course Title:           World History

Resource:                Discovery Education: Social Studies TechBook

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/programs/social-studies/techbook/

Topics:                      Beginnings of Human Society to Expanding Exchanges and Encounters

Grade 9 Course Title:           World History

Resource:                ActiveClassroom-  https://go.socialstudies.com/active-classroom

DBQ Project-  https://www.dbqproject.com

Topics:                      First Global Age to Contemporary Issues

Grade 10 Course Title:           United States History I

Resource:                ActiveClassroom-  https://go.socialstudies.com/active-classroom

DBQ Project-  https://www.dbqproject.com

Topics:                      Colonization, Revolutionary Era, Early Republic, Antebellum, Civil War, Reconstruction, Gilded Age, Industrial Age, Progressive Era, Imperialism, The First World War

Grade 11 Course Title:           United States History II

Resource:                ActiveClassroom-  https://go.socialstudies.com/active-classroom

DBQ Project-  https://www.dbqproject.com

Topics:                      Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, World War II, Social Development after WWII, Cold War, Post-Cold War Era, The World Today

Electives Elective courses of study are offered for the following topics:

African Studies, Criminal Justice, Holocaust Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology

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