Secondary Social Studies
Social Studies curriculum and instruction provides students the knowledge and skills necessary to become life-long learners, informed and responsible citizens of the United States and the World. This is accomplished through the teaching of broad concepts, social studies skills, and learning strategies.
- Social Studies content instruction focuses on broad concepts, connections, changes over time, and cause and effect.
- Skills instruction focuses on writing; development of note making skills; analysis of visual documents, primary sources, maps, and graphics; and reading in the content area.
- Social Studies instruction actively engages students in the learning process.
- Inquiry-based learning, using primary and secondary sources, enriches student understanding of the present and the past.
- Social Studies curriculum, skills and vocabulary are most effective when vertically aligned K-12.
Inquiry-based learning information:
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Social Studies
Get Aboard the Pre-AP/AP Train is a handbook for parents of students interested in taking Pre-AP and AP social studies courses.
PreAP and PreAP/GT in Social Studies
The purpose of PreAP and PreAP/GT Social Studies in grades 6-10 is to prepare students for the rigors of college level instruction in AP Social Studies courses. Skill development is accelerated in PreAP and PreAP/GT courses in a variety of ways such as:
- Expectation of formal thesis writing
- Use of more sophisticated resources
- Increased number of primary and secondary documents analyzed by the students