Social Studies and the C3 Framework
The ELA Units of Study are also the primary vehicle that District 47 uses to drive the K-5 Social Studies curriculum. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, Social Studies and Language Arts at the middle school will each become their own core class. The aforementioned Common Core State Standards (CCSS) exist to create a structure that will help all students be “college and career ready” by the time they graduate from high school. Alongside the CCSS are the Illinois Social Science Learning Standards that have been adapted from the C3 Framework. These new standards and framework utilize the dimensions of civics, economics, geography, and history to captivate students in inquiry-based learning experiences that are built on deep questioning, collaborative research, and communicating conclusions. The vision of the standards is to cultivate the skills students will need in order to live an engaged and meaningful civic life.
These student-driven inquiries engage students in social studies content in ways that guide them to think about the world around them and consider the role that they have in making it better. District 47’s approach to social studies education takes students beyond names and dates and brings the real world into the classroom in a way that hopefully inspires students to live life as educated, productive, and engaged citizens.