ERIC Number: ED308103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Social Studies Grade 7: American History. Historical Development of the United States. Course of Study and Related Learning Activities.
Nosofsky, William, Ed.
The New York City social studies curriculum revision program emphasizes the teaching of basic concepts rather than the accumulation of data, providing students with necessary values and skills to cope with today's social problems. To accomplish this, the curriculum uses techniques of inquiry and discovery that aim at conceptualization and that emphasize multimedia materials rather than the traditional textbook. Two of these basic concepts are the viewing of history as a continuous process, where events have multiple causes and effects, and the realization of the significance of geographic factors in the life of a nation. A sequential list of 94 themes in social studies that are to be presented from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 and a chart of 128 skills to be developed over the same time period are given. The five themes to be explored in grade 7 are: (1) why people moved to the New World; (2) how permanent settlements were formed in the New World; (3) how the 13 colonies became one nation; (4) how the United States grew in a changing political climate; and (5) how U.S. democracy changed in response to the needs of the 20th century. An in-depth discussion of the historical concepts and backgrounds, study questions, classroom activities, readings, and a multimedia bibliography are given for each theme. The appendices include a discussion of the "Sources of Our Liberties" and "Freedom Train" document collections. (PPB)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Basic Skills, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Discovery Learning, Economics Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Geography Instruction, Grade 7, History Instruction, Inquiry, Locational Skills (Social Studies), Map Skills, Multimedia Instruction, Political Science, Social Studies, Sociology, Teaching Guides
New York City Board of Education, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Room 613, 131 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 ($8.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.