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The aim of Social Studies is the promotion of civic competence – the knowledge, intellectual processes, and democratic dispositions required of students to be active and engaged participants in public life.  Civic ideals and practices enable students to learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizens of a democracy, and to appreciate the importance of active citizenship. 

District 103, in partnership with neighboring districts, has begun the revision of the Social Studies curriculum which currently reflects the Illinois Social Studies Standards. The revision process is being guided by the newly issued College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework, and is supported by the Illinois State Board of Education. To view the entire document that explains the C3 Framework, please visit: http://www.socialstudies.org/c3

The Ancient World

In this unit, students will learn that Greek civilization began almost 4,000 years ago, but Greek ideas about government, science, and the arts are still important today.  When Alexander the Great conquered the Persian Empire, he spread Greek culture and ideas throughout southwest Asia and the Mediterranean world.

New Empires and New Faiths

In this unit, students will study how the Romans created an empire that covered much of the Mediterranean world.  They developed a civilization as well as an empire with a lasting influence on western civilization.  While the Romans built their empire, a group called the Christians spread a new religion, which also became a major influence on European civilization.  A few hundred years after the beginnings of Christianity, another important religion arose in the Middle East: Islam.  Followers of Islam conquered much of the Middle East, Northern Africa, and part of Europe. They also made great cultural contributions to the world.

The Middle Ages

In this unit, students will learn that between A.D. 500 and 1500, warriors ruled Europe.  Despite constant fighting, Europeans made advances in their culture.  European ideas about government and religion still shape our lives today.

A Changing World - Early Modern Europe

In this unit, students will learn of the new ideas that brought the Middle Ages to an end.  Advances in the arts and learning as well as dramatic changes to Christianity led to the beginning of modern times in Europe.  By the end of the Renaissance, Europe and the rest of the world were entering a time of rapid change.  Voyages of exploration and scientific discoveries affected people in the world. In the late 1700s, the French Revolution and brought great changes to Europe and the spread of nationalism changed how people lived their lives.

Creating a Nation

In this unit, students will learn how the colonies united for a common cause—freedom from tyranny.  Once independent, the colonies had to work at staying united while dealing with their differences.  This resulted in the Constitution of the United States, which outlines our form of government.

Launching the Republic

In this unit, students will study the challenges the new American government faced and how foreign affairs influenced the policies of the United States.

Nationalism and Sectionalism

In this unit, the students will learn about Andrew Jackson’s impact on the country, more westward expansion, and the sectional differences between Northern and Southern states, as well as religious, educational, and cultural reform movements.

The above units were selected and created by District 103 teaching staff.


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