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Social Studies



Social studies materials and resources vary between buildings but have been approved by the District Instructional Materials Committee.

A district-wide curriculum adoption for K-6 social studies has been implemented in 2016-2017.

Grade Level Content for Elementary Social Studies

Students Understand and apply concepts of civics, economics, geography, and history, within grade level social studies content:K: Self (near & far, now & then)
1: Families (near & far, now & then)
2: Community (near & far, now & then)
3: Culture: People, Places, and Environment
4: Washington State History (local tribal history)
5: US History (pre-colonial period to Independence)

Grades 6-12

Adopted in 2013-2014, TCI’s History Alive series for 7-12.

TCI’s online History Alive! programs transform middle school social studies class into a multi-faceted learning experience. TCI lessons start with a big idea — Essential Question — and incorporate graphic notetaking, groupwork, and step-by-step discovery. Students are the center of instruction that taps a variety of learning styles, allowing students of all abilities to learn and succeed.

TCI’s in-depth, online social studies curriculum for high school students is robust, engaging, and results-focused. Students complete collaborative projects, writing assignments, critical thinking challenges, and problem solving groupwork. TCI’s high school programs give students a unique advantage as they prepare for college and beyond.

7th Grade: History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond
8th Grade: History Alive! The United States Through Industrialism
9th Grade: History Alive! World Connections
10th Grade: History Alive! World Connections
11th Grade: History Alive! Pursuing American Ideals

More information on the TCI curriculum.

Also adopted in 2013-2014 for the 7th grade Washington State History requirement is Gibbs-Smith’s The Washington Journey. The outline for this book is based on Washington’s NEW Essential Academic Learning Requirements for social studies and teaches civics, history, geography, and economics. The student edition places the state’s historical events in the larger context of our nation’s history and has many features such as local images, primary sources, Washington Portraits, timelines, and skill pages based on the EARLs.

More information on the Gibbs-Smith curriculum.

Additional information on 7-12 Core Materials

The Washington Journey, published by Gibbs-Smith, 2010 (grade 7)
History alive! published by TCI (Teachers’ Curriculum Institute), 2011 (grades 7-11)
Ways of the World, published by Bedford, Freeman & Worth Publishers, 2013 (AP World History, grade 10)
America’s History, published by Bedford, Freeman & Worth Publishers, 2014 (AP US History, grade 11)

Grade Level Content for Middle and High School Social Studies

6. World Geography & World History (Ancient Civilizations)
7. World History, continued (600-1450) & Washington State History and Government
8. US History & Government (primarily 19th Century)
9/10: World History (1450 to Present)11: US History (primarily 20th & 21st Centuries)
12: Civics or AP Comparative Governments

Students understand and apply reasoning skills to conduct research, deliberate, and form and evaluate positions through the processes of reading, writing, and communicating


Teacher Resources for Social Studies

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If you do not have a Shoreline Google email address please contact IT or a teacher tech specialist.

Social Studies Philosophy Statement