Welcome, Maryland Social Studies Teachers
This section of the site was developed to support your efforts in teaching Maryland students social studies. The National Council for the Social Studies has developed the C3 (College, Career, and Civic Life) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and Maryland is trying to determine the best way for teachers to incorporate the C3 into their instructional program.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social
Studies State Standards
The C3 Framework was designed to offer guidance for state social studies standards, not to outline specific content to be delivered. The C3 Framework, like the Common Core State Standards, emphasizes the acquisition and application of knowledge to prepare students for college, career, and civic life. It intentionally envisions social studies instruction as an inquiry arc of interlocking and mutually reinforcing elements that speak to the intersection of ideas and learners. The Four Dimensions below center on the use of questions to spark curiosity, guide instruction, deepen investigations, acquire rigorous content, and apply knowledge and ideas in real world settings to become active and engaged citizens in the 21st century.
- Questions for Exploration
- Knowledge: what learners need to understand
- Processes: what learners will be capable of doing
- Products: how learners demonstrate understanding
The C3 Framework objectives are to:
- enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines;
- build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and
- align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies
The C3 is driven by the following shared principles about high quality social studies education:
- Social studies prepares the nation's young people for college, careers, and civic life.
- Inquiry is at the heart of social studies.
- Social studies involves interdisciplinary applications and welcomes integration of the arts and humanities.
- Social studies is composed of deep and enduring understandings, concepts, and skills from the disciplines. Social studies emphasizes skills and practices as preparation for democratic decision-making.
- Social studies education should have direct and explicit connections to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
For more information about C3 go to the National Council for Social Studies Website (http://www.socialstudies.org/c3/implementingforleaders)
ToolkitsState Curriculum • Core Learning Goals
Do you need help understanding and teaching the Maryland content standards? The Social Studies Toolkits were developed to help you plan instruction, find aligned assessments and differentiate your instruction to meet the needs of your students.
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Email your questions or comments to the MSDE Social Studies Team using the space below. Please provide your email address so we can respond:
MD Social Studies Standards
Core Learning Goals
MD COMMON CORE STATE LITERACY FOR SOCIAL STUDIES/HISTORY FRAMEWORKS
Literacy development is essential for students to access and learn disciplinary content and must be a shared responsibility across all daily instruction when and where appropriate. With Maryland's adoption of the Common Core standards, teachers in all subject areas will build discipline-specific literacy into daily instruction when and where appropriate.