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As a parent or family member, you may wonder about what is involved with the teaching of history or social science.  Here are some commonly asked questions and their answers.

If you have questions about specific class- or homework your child is doing, their teacher will be happy to answer them for you.

History Social-Science Framework instructional shifts include a focus on content, inquiry, literacy and civics.  Instruction integrates compelling questions that drive learning, supports literacy with intentionally integrated language art instruction, and includes understanding civic rights and responsibilities.  With this learning comes the goal of preparing students to become successful citizens and giving them the opportunity to take civic action. In conjunction with content standards, student instruction will include these shifts to better engage students in relevant history-social science curriculum.

History-Social Science Framework



English Language Learners will learn from the grade level core History-Social Science curriculum, and be supported with integrated English Language Development (ELD) where English skills are explicitly taught and reinforced throughout lessons.  

California Assessment

Currently History-Social Science is not specifically or exclusively tested on the SBAC.  Note though, that a major portion of the ELA SBAC test is based on history text and content. Content understanding increases students overall literacy abilities, making positive test outcomes a critical reason why students must have History-Social Science instruction.  

SMBSD Assessment

History-Social Science is not currently tested at the district level. In classrooms, students will be assessed on content standards, Historical Analysis Skills, and Literacy Standards. Short formative assessments take place throughout units and students are given summative assessments at the end of chapters or units.



In the Junior High classrooms students will receive letter grades, A - F, on their report cards.  Markings for Citizenship and Effort will also be seen.


Parent participation in student education is critical. There are some daily activities you can do to stay informed about their education, as well as support your students’ learning. If your students have been given an agenda, student planner, or homework folder please check it daily.  Look at their work and ask your student to explain their assignments. If possible offer a place to work without distractions.

If a family has internet access, online curriculum can be accessed using the Clever Portal.

Pearson MyWorld is the newly adopted History-Social Science curriculum. It will be implemented starting in the 2019-20 school year.  Teachers and students can access curriculum using their Clever account, While logged in to their SMBSD Google account.  Click here to learn more about this publication.