Social Studies | Mastery Charter School

Social Studies at Mastery

Social Studies students possess the knowledge, skills and drive to think, speak and write critically about the past, to see and value the connections between the past and the present, and to challenge the “single story” of history.

Fundamentally, Social Studies teachers teach students how to think historically, not what to think. Through evaluating multiple perspectives in primary and secondary sources, students gain a broader, more complete understanding of the past and its impact on the present. It is critical that students understand key dates and the chronology of major historical events in order to unpack larger political, social, economic, and cultural ideas over time. And of course, the study of history requires students to read critically, drawing upon evidence to construct convincing arguments and then expressing those arguments clearly both orally and in writing. So history teachers are literacy teachers too!

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52

Social Studies Teachers Across 24 Schools

7

Teacher Leaders to support Social Studies Teachers

Social Studies Courses At-a-Glance

  • 50 minutes, 5 days/week
  • Understand the history of the earliest humans and rise of ancient civilizations to the Renaissance and cultural transfusions of Europe, the Americas, and Africa.
  • Learn & apply grade-level Common Core standards for Reading in History.
  • Apply historical thinking skills by reading, writing, and discussing primary sources.
  • 50 minutes, 5 days/week
  • Understand the history of African Americans, beginning with West African heritage. Study continues through Colonial America, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Harlem Renaissance, and ends with a study of the issues facing African Americans in the 21st century.
  • Learn & apply grade-level Common Core standards for Reading in History.
  • Apply historical thinking skills by reading, writing, and discussing primary sources.
  • 50 minutes, 5 days/week
  • Understand world history from 1500s to the present, including European monarchies and revolution, imperialism, industrialization, world wars, and current conflicts.
  • Learn & apply grade-level Common Core standards for Reading in History.
  • Apply historical thinking skills by reading, writing, and discussing primary sources.
  • 50 minutes, 5 days/week
  • Understand U.S. history from the first peoples to the 20th century, including the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Reconstruction, Great Depression, World Wars, and Cold Wars, and Movements for Change.
  • Learn & apply grade-level Common Core standards for Reading in History.
  • Apply historical thinking skills by reading, writing, and discussing primary sources.
  • 50 minutes, 5 days/week
  • In the first semester, students study the foundations of American Government and the political process. In the second semester, students study the basics of economics, the government’s role in our economy, and current issues.
  • Learn & apply grade-level Common Core standards for Reading in History.
  • Apply historical thinking skills by reading, writing, and discussing primary sources.

60

Hours Social Studies PD Annually

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