Division of Social Sciences
and Life Skills
Secondary Department Chairpersons Meeting
May 25, 2011
William Turner Technical S.H.S.
Social Studies Curriculum Updates
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
for grades 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12: FULL
Pacing Guides Available on District’s SS Website
CBC for Grades K-3 and 6
Scope and Sequence Plans: available on the
District’s Social Studies Website
2012-2013: NGSSS-SS Full Implementation K-12
Textbook Adoption Updates
Florida Department of Education- will publish
list of state adopted textbooks.
District Committees- MAY be formed this fall.
May have to prioritize which grade levels get
new textbooks first.
Priority MAY be given to 6, 7, and 11.
Secondary Priority MAY be given to K-3.
Florida State Mandates
African-American History
Hispanic Contributions to U.S. History
Women’s Contributions to U.S. History
Holocaust Education
Character Education
Social Studies Sentinel
Online Courses
Will be posted on the Social Sciences
African-American History Modules
Power Point on infusing African-American
History also available on social studies
7th Grade End of Course Exam in Civics
2012-2013- Field Test
2013-2014- 30% of the
student’s final course grade
2014-2015- student must earn
a passing score on the EOC in
order to receive course credit.
Bottom Line: 2010-2011 4th graders- when
they reach 7th grade- 30% rule; 2010-2011 3rd
graders- when they reach 7th grade- passing
score rule to receive credit for the course.
Civics EOC Test Blueprint
Regarding Cognitive Complexity
Cognitive Complexity Breakdown
Development of the Civics items by Cognitive
Complexity will be spread out as noted below based
on the recommendations of the Civics Content
Advisory Committee:
15-% - 25%
45% - 65%
15% - 25%
Regarding Cognitive Complexity
Level 1: Low Complexity Item
The statements below are from an historical document.
In which document are these statements found?
A. Magna Carta
B. Mayflower
C. Articles of
* D. Declaration of
Regarding Cognitive Complexity
Level 2: Moderate Complexity Item
The statements below are from an historical document.
How did the opinions expressed in these statements help influence the American
political system in the United States?
A. citizens believed
legislators should be
* B. citizens believed
government should be
C. voters believed laws
should be publicly
D. voters believed equality
should be legally assured
Regarding Cognitive Complexity
Level 3: High Complexity Item
The statements below are from an historical document.
How does the modern political system in the United States uphold the principles
expressed in these statements?
A. by requiring voter
registration laws for
local elections
* B. by causing elected
officials to be responsible to citizen needs
C. by allowing federal
judges to be appointed
by elected officials
D. by making local governments responsible for
monitoring elections
U.S. History- 11th Grade: End of Course
2011-2012: Field Test
2012-2013: Full
* Decision not made by FLDOE as to
what will be done with the results
of the EOC Exam in 11th Grade
U.S. History
Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (more on that
Instructional Projects: Providing Assistance
Elementary Civics Lessons (Grades 3-5)
Currently Published: Grades 3 and 4 (in the
edition stage- 5th grade).
Middle School Civics Lessons (Grade 6- in
the editing stage).
U.S. History EOC Exam Lesson Plansgeared towards each of the 18 benchmarksin process- to be published August 2011.
Where can I find these resources?
Click Under Elementary Lessons- Civic
Integration: Here you will find pre-post tests,
each lesson per grade level, blue print of
quiz, and all supporting documents to
implement the lessons.
Once edited, other lesson plans will be
posted here as well.
Additional Online Resources Upcoming
From the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and
Government at the University of Central
Florida (www.loufrey.org)
Will provide instructional resources (lesson
plans) for the 7th grade Civics course FOR 7th
grade teachers that are aligned to the
NGSSS-SS Civics EOC Exam tested
benchmarks (to be published fall 2011).
Other important Curricular Resources
Listed Under Curriculum Documents:
Social Studies Lesson Plan Template
PDF- U.S. EOC Exam
Power Point- Civics EOC Exam
Explanation of Webb’s Cognitive Levels of
Class Size Amendment Update
Required Courses in Middle School- 6th grade
World Geography and Future Course 6th
Grade World History, 7th Grade Civics, 8th
Grade U.S. History MUST MEET CLASS
Courses Required for SHS Graduation: 9th
grade World History, 11th Grade U.S. History,
and 12th Grade Government/Economics
Results of Middle School Course
Alignment Survey
270 Respondents
28.1%- strongly disagreed with proposed changes
13%- disagreed with proposed changes
34.4%- agreed with proposed changes
24.4%- strongly agreed with proposed changes
Bottom Line: Publishers were given the mandate
from FLDOE to write textbooks ON Grade Levelswitching the course sequence is not feasible at this
NAEP Update
Ms. Jackie Viana: 2010-2011 National Civic
Educator of the Year. Department
Chairperson- Hialeah Gardens Middle School
Webb- Complexity Levels Presentation
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