Common Core Information
Department Chair Message
The Social Studies Department at North Salem Middle/High School recognizes the need to help students become informed citizens in a global community. The National Council for the Social Studies defines social studies as “the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.” Our social studies program provides a coordinated, systematic study, which draws from a number of disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology.
Students are given the opportunity to explore more than just historical facts, they are taught the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary to become an active citizen in a participatory democracy. In addition, our curriculum prepares students to become humane, tolerant, rational, participating citizens in a world that is increasingly becoming interdependent. We recognize that students need to keep informed about current events on a regular basis. Therefore, it is our strong recommendation that students make an effort to (by reading or viewing regular news programs) keep informed about national and global events.
One of the major skills the Social Studies Department (Grades 6-12) emphasizes is research skills. Students are provided a number of opportunities to research information for classroom activities, projects, and papers. Not too long ago, searching for source materials, involved spending many hours in the school or public library trying to locate books and other print materials. Technology, of course, has changed the way students conduct their research. How, the need to make sure sources are legitimate has not changed. The library is still the best place to start research for materials and it is necessary to determine the legitimacy of an anonymous or questionable web source. The Social Studies department in conjunction with the English department will provide students with a checklist on how to determine the accuracy, credibility, and legitimacy of a web source.