HSE Curriculum Framework: Section 2: Social Studies

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The Social Studies: Integrating Reading & Writing Curriculum Framework incorporates U.S. history, basic economics and civics concepts, and geography, using the U.S. timeline as an organizing principle, or “backbone.” For each time period in U.S. history, certain economic and civics concepts are taught, as they fit naturally in that era. The lessons are also aimed at helping students develop skill in reading a range of genres, including maps, graphs, expository text, memoir, and poetry as well as writing personal, persuasive and informative essays. One additional thread is periodic mini-lessons to help students make connections between the skills and knowledge they are acquiring in the classroom, and future career choices.