ERIC Number: ED065437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Social Studies: Grade 7-Our Cultural Heritage; and Grade 8-United States History.
New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Secondary Curriculum Development.
This bulletin, the first of a series of three, presents a tentative structure for courses in early secondary school social studies. Objectives are for pupils to learn to find, analyze, and weigh available evidence in their own search for truth; to learn a different approach each time a topic is restudied at successive grade levels; to develop and reinforce understandings; to arrive at generalizations that will broaden basic concepts in the various social studies disciplines; to interpret various topics and issues related to man and his environment; and to employ history and social sciences in the study of man and his culture. The syllabus format in this bulletin is designed to provide points of view and major ideas and guides for developing teaching plans. A general overview gives a rationale for each course. This is followed by the main body of the syllabus: understandings and related content. Emphasis is upon teachers devising and using those methods by which pupils are motivated to work with study materials in such ways that the pupils themselves discover the desired understandings. In the seventh grade syllabus Pre-Columbian discovery, exploration, and colonization periods are studied; however, primary emphasis is upon studying aspects of culture in New York state. Grade 8 shifts to the national scene, with the study of United States history from the period of independence to the present. (Author/SJM)
Descriptors: American History, Colonial History (United States), Concept Teaching, Constitutional History, Cultural Background, Grade 7, Grade 8, History, History Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Reconstruction Era, Revolutionary War (United States), Secondary Education, Sequential Learning, Social Studies, United States History, Western Civilization
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Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Secondary Curriculum Development.