Brunswick School Department
2013-2016 Curriculum Review Team
Brunswick High School
Brunswick Junior High School
Harriet Beecher Stowe School
Robert P.T. Coffin School
John Paige (Secondary level)
Cheryl White (Elementary level)
The Social Studies curriculum is founded on the premise that democracy demands citizens who are informed, interested in the welfare of individuals and society, and committed to the success of democratic processes and values.
Our Social Studies curriculum is:
- A study of US history and geography that includes a thorough understanding of our founding principles.
- A study of world history and geography that includes the basic ideas of both western and non-western cultures.
- An emphasis on the study of fundamental democratic principles, civic values and ethical understandings.
- A thematic and conceptual approach that organizes content around “big ideas and essential understandings” through practices.
- A purposeful linking of past and present that draws parallels among civilizations.
- A balanced presentation of controversial issues that emphasizes reasonable evidence, not bias or emotion.
- A variety of teaching and learning activities that promote rigor, relevance and relationships.
These 6 strands form the core around which we build “what all students should know and be able to do.” These strands are supplemented for some students by an array of elective and AP courses but in order to certify proficiency in Social Studies for all graduating students, our focus rests on these six.
- US History
- World History
- Maine Studies
Social Studies Practices:
These Social Studies Practices represent the social science and historical thinking skills that students should develop throughout their K-12 education in order to be prepared for civic participation, college and careers.
- Chronological reasoning and causation.
- Comparison and contextualization.
- Geographic reasoning.
- Gathering, using and interpreting evidence.
- Role of the individual in social and political participation.
Maine Learning Results:
Since 1997, Maine has had the Maine Learning Results as its State standards for eight content areas and periodically updates them to ensure they are aligned with the evolving expectations of colleges and careers in the 21st century. The Maine Learning Results were most recently updated in 2011 to include Common Core as the college and career readiness standards for English language arts and math, better preparing our students for success in college, career and civic life by creating deeper, more rigorous and clearer expectations for learning.
The updated standards, adopted after a public process in 2011 and fully implemented in the 2013-14 school year, emphasize more complex content and concepts and the development of needed real-world skills like problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. These skills are imperative for Maine students to succeed and our state to thrive. The strengthened standards set a high bar for all Maine students, no matter their school. These standards are addressed and incorporated into the BSD Social Studies Curriculum.
National Council for the Social Studies ten themes:
These themes cut across all the social sciences. Teaching these themes emphasizes inquiry and thinking. The Brunswick Public Schools’ Social Studies program will align with these themes where and when appropriate. The ten themes are:
- Time, continuity and change
- People, places and environments
- Individual development and identity
- Individuals, groups and institutions
- Power, authority and governance
- Production, distribution and consumption
- Science, technology and society
- Global connections
- Civic ideals and practices
K-5 Social Studies Adopted May 11, 2016
MULTIGRADE ONGOING: Current Events and Issues (6-8)
SOCIAL STUDIES PRACTICES REFLECTED WITHIN THE CONTENT STRANDS: These Social Studies Practices represent the social science and historical thinking skills that students should develop throughout their K-12 education in order to be prepared for civic participation, college, and careers.
1. Chronological reasoning and causation
2. Contextualization and comparison
3. Geographic reasoning
4. Gathering, interpreting, and using evidence
5. Role of the individual in social and political participation
(Brunswick School Department Social Studies Curriculum Framework)
Grades 9-12 Social Studies Curricula: These units are being piloted during the 2016-2017 school year as part of the BSD curricula review cycle.
Grade 10: European History
Unit 1: Italian Renaissance
Unit 2: Protestant Reformation
Unit 3: Age of Exploration
Unit 4: Colonial Age
Unit 5: Age of Reason
Unit 6: Rise of Absolutism
Unit 7: Age of Imperialism
Unit 8: French Revolution
Unit 9: Industrial Revolution
Unit 10: Springtime of Nations
Unit 11: Age of Progress
Unit 12: Causes of World War I
Unit 13: Russian Revolution
Unit 14: Origins of the Second World War
Grade 11: U.S. History & Government
Unit 1 – The American Revolution
Unit 2 – Constitution and Voting
Unit 3 – The New Nation
Unit 4- Civil War
Unit 5 – America Expands
Unit 6 – Changing America
Unit 7 – America In WWII
Unit 8 – Cold War and Beyond
Unit 1: Introduction to Arabic
Unit 2: Introduction to Islam
Unit 3: East Meets West-Napoleon in Egypt
Unit 1: Introduction to Psychology and Psychological Research
Unit 2: Developmental Psychology-The Life Span
Unit 3: Mind and Body Sensation and Perception
Unit 4: Learning and Cognition
Unit 5: Theories of Personality
Unit 6: Psychological Disorders
Unit 1: Introduction to the Law and the Legal System
Unit 2: Criminal Law and Juvenile Justice
Unit 3: Torts
Unit 4: Family Law
Unit 5: Individual Rights and Liberties
Unit 1: Community and Leadership
Unit 2: Economic System Locally and Globally
Unit 3: Local Poverty
Unit 4: Healthcare Locally and Nationally
Unit 5: Literacy at the Local Level
Unit 6: Public Engagement
Unit 1: Introduction to Philosophy
Unit 2: Idealism and Realism
Unit 3: Introduction to Mythology
Unit 4: Plato’s Symposium
Unit 5: Introduction to Dante’s Inferno
Unit 6: Philosophical Perspectives on Human Origins