ERIC Number: ED430890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Social Studies Curriculum Framework: First Draft. New Jersey Social Studies Curriculum Framework.
New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.
This extensive draft of a social studies curriculum framework for New Jersey elementary and secondary schools is divided into three broad sections: (1) "Introduction/Statement of Purpose"; (2) "Guiding Principles"; and (3) "Teaching to the Standards." The framework is based upon the nine approved social studies content standards and the six cross-disciplinary workplace readiness standards. The social studies standards focus on democratic citizenship and government, historical understanding of New Jersey, the United States and the world, and geography and environmental studies. Proposed activities and vignettes for the nine social studies standards are included. The framework is not a mandated social studies curriculum, nor is it a "how-to" manual for the implementation of the standards. Suggested activities accompany the chapters and describe rather than prescribe instructional practice that is aligned with the standards. Each chapter begins with an overview of the core understandings covered by each standard and a sequence that traces the major concepts and themes students must grasp as they progress from kindergarten through twelfth grade. A resources section at the end of each activity directs teachers to the kinds of materials that are available for curriculum development, lesson planning, and enrichment. The range of grade levels for each activity can be determined by referencing the standards framework for each standard. Indicators are listed by number and are arranged by range of grade levels. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, Readiness, Social Studies, State Curriculum Guides, State Standards, Student Educational Objectives
New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Standards and Professional Development, P.O. Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey