Over the past couple of decades, different national groups and organizations have produced sets of standards and frameworks related to the teaching of social studies. Some of the more widely accepted resources are listed below:
College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies
The C3 Framework focuses on inquiry skills and key concepts of social studies. The document is intended to serve as a resource for states and local districts to consider when developing curriculum at the local level.
As a member of the Social Studies Assessment Curriculum and Instruction Collaborative of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Maine was invited to participate in a targeted review of the C3 Framework. In April 2013, the Maine C3 Review Team (comprised of more than 30 educators from all grade levels and all regions of the state) provided feedback on the draft document. Our in-state review process was part of a larger targeted review where over 3,000 respondents from the social studies community offered feedback on the C3 Framework. These stakeholders represented K-12 educators, university faculty, state education personnel, professional organization representatives, educational publishers and cultural organizations.
Social Studies (Overall)
Civics & Government
Personal Finance & Economics
- Basic Principles in K-4 Standards
- Historical Thinking in History - K-4
- Content Standards in History - K-4
Literacy in History/Social Studies