M/J Social Studies   (#2104000)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

General Notes

The social studies curriculum for this course consists of the following content area strands: World History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Government. The primary content for this course pertains to the concepts and methodologies used in the social studies disciplines, and their applications in contemporary and historical contexts. Content should include, but not be limited to, the basic concepts and methodology of the social studies disciplines, interdisciplinary concepts of change, conflict, interdependence, choice, and impact of the environment, development of reasoning and information-processing skills, applications of the social studies to contemporary issues and concerns, applications of the social studies to the study of Florida. Students will be exposed to the multiple disciplines of social studies including history, geography, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and anthropology. Students will study methods of historical inquiry and primary and secondary historical documents.

Mathematics Benchmark Guidance - Social Studies instruction should include opportunities for students to interpret and create representations of historical events and concepts using mathematical tables, charts, and graphs.

Instructional Practices

Teaching from well-written, grade-level instructional materials enhances students' content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any reason. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning:

1. Reading assignments from longer text passages as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.

2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.

3. Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.

4. Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.

5. Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

General Information

Course Number: 2104000
Abbreviated Title: M/J SS
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Level: 2
Course Status: Course Approved
Grade Level(s): 6,7,8

Educator Certifications

One of these educator certification options is required to teach this course.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

The Influence of Ancient Greece: Part 2:

In Part 2 of this interactive tutorial series, you'll compare and contrast the political systems and democratic principles that developed in ancient Greece with those of the modern United States.  Be sure to complete Part 1 first!

This is Part 2 in a 3-part series. Click below to explore the other tutorials in the series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Influence of Ancient Greece: Part 3:

In Part 3 of this interactive tutorial series, you'll compare and contrast the political systems and democratic principles that developed in ancient Greece with those of the modern United States. Be sure to complete Parts 1 and 2 first!

This is Part 3 in a 3-part series. Click below to explore the other tutorials in the series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Influence of Ancient Greece: Part 1 :

In Part 1 of this interactive tutorial series, you'll learn about direct democracy as it developed in ancient Athens, Greece.  In Parts 2 and 3, you'll compare and contrast the political systems and democratic principles that developed in Greece with those of the modern United States. 

This is Part 1 in a 3-part series. Click below to explore the other tutorials in the series.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

What's for Lunch?:

Learn how arguments are formed with claims, reasons, and evidence. In this interactive tutorial, you'll read several short speeches from students hoping to be elected president of the Student Council. We'll trace the claim made by each student and the reasons and evidence they use to support it.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Where Have All the Scrub-Jays Gone?:

Investigate the limiting factors of a Florida ecosystem and describe how these limiting factors affect one native population-the Florida Scrub-Jay-with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Yes or No to GMO?:

Learn what genetic engineering is and some of the applications of this technology. In this interactive tutorial, you’ll gain an understanding of some of the benefits and potential drawbacks of genetic engineering. Ultimately, you’ll be able to think critically about genetic engineering and write an argument describing your own perspective on its impacts.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this course.
Aligned Clusters:

MAFS.6.SP.1 Summarize and describe distributions.