The Social Studies department is committed to ensuring that all students are college, career and life ready by offering a comprehensive social studies curriculum. The Hampton City Schools social studies curriculum focuses on ensuring students master the appropriate content knowledge, gain valuable career and life skills, and have opportunities to engage in the discourse of historical and current events. The curriculum allows students to collaborate with others to problem solve and engage in critical thinking, develop leadership skills, and build a sense of self and purpose by examining multiple perspectives throughout history. Through teaching history, geography, economics, civics and the social sciences we intend to develop students who are empathetic, aware, active and productive citizens in our democratic society.
VISION AND MISSION
Vision: The Hampton City Schools Social Studies Department is committed to developing empathetic, aware, and independent critical thinkers who are active participants in our democratic society.Mission:
To promote the core content of history, geography, economics, civics and the social sciences.
To help students build empathy, awareness, and respect for all cultures and contributors to our society by teaching multiple perspectives.
To help students learn to ask questions and use what they know to be critical thinkers to solve problems in our communities and society.
To guide students to realize their potential as contributing members of our democratic society through thoughtful discourse and active participation.
HCS Social Studies Focus Areas
Providing a solid foundation of background and core content knowledge
Building a wide ranging vocabulary that will be enduring for a life-long learner.
Promote a climate of questioning: teachers asking questions of students and teaching students how to ask question
The elementary social studies program develops the knowledge and skills of historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship. The program also provides a perspective for how these areas fit together for studying the world, the nation, the state, and Hampton. Students are introduced to map skills and use them to frame understandings of ancient civilizations, regions of the United States and Virginia. The program also focuses on the basic values, principles, and operation of American democracy.
Elementary Learning Objectives and Essential Skills
The middle school social studies program continues to build fundamental skills in history, geography, civics, and economics within the context of United States history. The two-year United States history program for sixth and seventh grade provides opportunities for more depth while the eighth grade course continues to expand the development and operation of American democracy with particular emphasis on the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Thinking skills are developed while students examine historical issues and events.
Middle School Learning Objectives and Essential Skills
The comprehensive high school program offers students many options as they prepare for postsecondary education and/or the workforce. Technology plays an increasing role in classroom instruction.
High School Learning Objectives and Essential Skills