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History Social Science Classroom

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  • ​Reading of primary and secondary sources from written, visual and audio formats.
  • ​Tasks that ask students to participate in disciplinary thinking e.g. causation, perspectivep-taking, or contextualization (see the Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills in the History-Social Science Content Standards).
  • ​Tasks that encourage students to interpret and produce content in order to support the development of literacy especially for students who are emerging bilinguals (see the ELA/ELD Framework​).
  • ​Tasks that ask students to collaborate and participate in civic discourse, e.g. Partner Share, Socratic Seminar, Philosophical Chairs, Debate or Structured Academic Controversy.
  • ​Periodic assessments that ask students  to synthesize information and research, as well as make claims substantiated with evidence.
  • ​Topics that include "the role and contributions of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups" (Ed. Code Section 51204.5​)
  • ​​Experiences that help students develop digital literacy and exposure to differing types of databases, software and learning experiences.