Social Studies

Guiding Principles:

Hingham’s social studies curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework (2003), as well as the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Literacy in History/Social Studies (2011). The primary goal is to prepare students to be active and contributing citizens in the local, regional, national, and international communities. Basic to this goal is the acquisition and processing of knowledge through the development of critical thinking and citizen- ship skills. The curriculum emphasizes, through the use of various teaching strategies, the application of factual knowledge to major themes that are essential for all students. Among these themes are those designed to foster an appreciation and respect for human dignity and diversity. Finally, we hope to foster in students the enthusiasm to become lifetime readers and learners in the social sciences in order to enrich their lives.

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Curriculum Summaries:  Middle School, High School

Social Studies Program Harbor Media Video

Social Studies Program Review 2017

Social Studies DBQ Sequence

Social Studies Research Paper Sequence

Grade 11 US History Levels

Guidelines for Recommendations in Social Studies – Parents

Social Studies Summer Assignments

Contests, Awards & Opportunities for Students

Social Studies Department in the News

“Superintendent Spotlight” Episodes Featuring the Social Studies Department

Internship at Hingham Historical Society Application