• Welcome to the Social Studies Department Page!

  • A Message from the Social Studies Department Chairperson, Ms. Richardson:

    The East Orange Campus High School Social Studies Department seeks to enhance the study of history curricula by designing innovative, informative and engaging learning experiences that will take the scope of social studies instruction to new heights. Our mission is to create an uplifting instructional environment where scholars will be able to master the following concepts: Learn about citizenship, civics, contemporary issues, local, national, and global studies, gain an appreciation for cultural diversity, and excel in reading, writing, thinking, and oral presentations in preparation for college, careers, and ultimately, life after high school. Most importantly, scholars will identify their present role in society and their position in the world well into the 21st century.

    To expose, engage, and increase scholars’ capacities to think reflectively and identify, interpret, assess, evaluate, and draw conclusions regarding historical challenges of the past and the continuing issues and challenges that confront human societies.

    The following principles define our goals in proving Jaguar Scholars with superior social studies instruction:

    • To prepare our youth for college, careers, and civic life.
    • To promote historical investigation and critical thinking.
    • To encourage inquiry, for examination is at the heart of social studies.
    • Young scholars are historians.
    • The study of social studies involves interdisciplinary applications and welcomes integration of the arts and humanities.
    • Social studies education is composed of deep and enduring understandings, concepts, and skills from various disciplines. Social studies education emphasizes skills and practices as preparation for civic participation and civic responsibility.
    • Social studies education should have direct and explicit connections to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for English Language Arts. We will support the following NJSLS English Language Arts Power Standards:
    • Key Ideas and Details
      • R1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences and relevant connections from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
      • R2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
    • Craft and Structure
      • R4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
      • R5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
      • R6. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
    • To effectively use technology to enhance presentations, research, and communication.
    • To use social media to expose scholar triumphs with the community by acknowledging the scholars’ academic growth, projects, and presentations.
    • To provide an inclusive education that meets the needs of our diverse learners.
    • To expose Jaguar scholars to history-based competitions such as oratorical contests, New Jersey History Day, Geography Bee, Ethics Bowl, Mock Trial, historical writing contests, debate contests, classroom museum contests, and making learning competitive, collaborative, engaging, and fun!
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