According to the National Council for the Social Studies, the primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.
The social studies curriculum in Plano ISD is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards set by the Texas Education Agency. The links below provide more information on the standards appropriate for your student.
The following are resources that may be used to enhance the learning experience for all students:
- Pearson MyWorld
- TCM and Pearson Leveled Readers
- Mind Mission Book
Curricular and Instructional Framework
The curriculum of Plano ISD is developed using the Understanding by Design® (UbD™) Model, a research-based curriculum framework created by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. This framework offers a planning process and structure to guide curriculum, assessment and instruction. Its two key ideas are contained in the title:
- Focus on teaching and assessing for understanding and learning transfer
- Designing curriculum “backward” from those ends