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Department Vision

The SHS Sentinel Social Studies Team recognizes its role in preparing learners for college, careers and civic life. Through the study of each of the four social studies disciplines—civics and government, economics, geography, and history—students are provided with opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge and skills in a variety of authentic contexts. Social studies teaches students not what to think, but how to think. The knowledge, skills and dispositions gained through social studies allow students to make informed decisions, learning what they should be willing to stand for or against. Engagement in social studies provides students with the opportunity to learn about their world and become active and involved members of their local and global communities.

~Adapted from The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards


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How We Teach

“Incorporating RI Social Studies GSEs, C3 Framework and Common Core Standards”

  1. Developing questions & planning inquiries 
  2. Applying disciplinary concepts and tools 
  3. Evaluating sources and using evidence 
  4. Communicating conclusions & taking informed action
Developing questions & planning inquiries
With the entire scope of human experience as its backdrop, the content of social studies consists of a rich array of facts, concepts, and generalizations. The way to tie all of this content together is through the use of compelling and questions.

Applying disciplinary concepts and tools
The four CORE Disciplines within social studies provide the intellectual context for studying how humans have interacted with each other and with the environment over time. Each of these disciplines—civics, economics, geography, and history—offers a unique way of thinking and organizing knowledge as well as systems for verifying knowledge. .

Evaluating sources and using evidence
The skills students need to analyze information and come to conclusions in an inquiry. These skills focus on gathering and evaluating sources, and then developing claims and using evidence to support those claims

Communicating conclusions and taking informed action
Develop claims and use evidence to support those claims


How We Assess

A. Evaluate each student’s proficiency & mastery of SHS Social Studies Graduation Standards with common performance assessments and rubrics

B. Evaluate student responses to a Course’s Essential and Supporting Questions (UbD) with Summative Assessments

C. Stop and Check Formative Assessment  will ensure students are learning each segment of the lesson/unit before moving on to the next.

D. Assess Learning by modify practice to ensure fairness, accuracy and meaningfulness in grading



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