Social Studies

Mission

The mission of the Franklin Public School District social studies curriculum is to engage all students in a rigorous, authentic, student-centered learning environment that fosters social and multicultural understandings, as well as civic responsibilities in our local, national and global societies.

Slogan

Understand the past, engage in the present, and, impact the future

Curriculum Philosophy

K-4

The social studies curriculum focuses on geography, history, political science, economics and behavioral science. The program offers a strong mix of core content and learning experiences to engage students and connect the learning to their real world. Students will use online and/or print primary and related resources, as well as, fiction and nonfiction trade books to acquire the knowledge needed to learn the necessary skills and concepts outlined in the curriculum.

5-8

The social studies curriculum focuses on geography, history, political science, economics and behavioral science. The curriculum is taught in a workshop format, integrated with disciplinary literacy strategies , providing relevant learning experiences that lead to acquiring the knowledge needed to learn the necessary skills and concepts outlined in the curriculum. Students use online and/or print primary and related resources, as well as, fiction and nonfiction trade books to acquire the knowledge needed to learn the necessary skills and concepts outlined in the curriculum.

9-12

SocialStudies education leading to responsible citizenship will help sustain our constitutional democracy. The health of our democracy depends on whether young people understand the complexities of human society and can govern themselves competently. The Franklin Public Schools Social Studies curriculum is designed to stimulate students’ interest and understanding of social and multicultural issues, and their civic responsibilities in our local, national and global societies thus encouraging active citizen participation in community experiences. Diverse course offerings at the high school provide opportunities for students to explore these areas more deeply through hands on learning activities that allow for exploration and problem solving.

Assessment

The Franklin Public School District values assessments for learning at the individual classroom level. For more information on individual classroom assessments, please click HERE.

Social Studies will actively report on student progress in the following areas:

K-4 Applies concepts & tools
K-4 Develops questions & plans investigations
K-4 Gathers, evaluates & uses evidence
K-4 Works collaboratively & communicates conclusions

5-12 Questioning Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries
5-12 Content Tools Applying Disciplinary Concepts and Tools
5-12 Source Evaluation Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence
5-12 Point of View Evaluating For Author's Point of View and Bias
5-12 Conclusions Communicating Conclusions
5-12 Action Taking Informed Action