Middle School Social Studies
The Ann Arbor Public Schools middle school Social Studies program
builds on the three grounding tenets:
(1) students learn in many ways; (2) learning occurs in tolerant, collaborative
classroom environments; (3) units of
study and their lessons need to incorporate what students already know and can
do to extend to more complex understandings. Mastery of state standards develops
through dynamic interactive lessons that always involve connecting social
studies concepts, past and present, to students' lives.
Three key sources inform the
middle school Social Studies program; (1) TheMichigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs), (2) the C3
Framework for College, Career and Civic Life for Social Studies State
Standards, (C3 Framework), (3) Social Studies Alive! and History Alive!. The Michigan
GLCEs define what the state expects students to
know and be able to do in the social studies at the end of each grade level. Social
Studies Alive! and History Alive! are the core learning
resources used throughout middle school social studies.
School Social Studies courses stress four disciplines.
- Geography: The World in Spatial Terms, Places and Regions, Human Systems, Environment and Society
- Civics/Government: Purposes of Government, Values and Principles of American Democracy, Structure and Function of Government, Role of the Citizen in American Democracy
- Economics: Market Economy, National Economy, International Economy
- History: Living and Working Together, Michigan History, United States History
- Public Discourse, Decision Making, and Citizen Involvement
Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards can be found at the following link.
District Social Studies Department Chair