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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

Civil War and Reconstruction 1840-1896

In this unit, students will learn how those regional differences led to increasing hostility between the North and the South over slavery in the territories and how that conflict led to the Civil War, the end of slavery, and attempts at Reconstruction in the South. 

Reshaping the Nation 1858-1914

In this unit, students will study changes that took place in the 1800s and early 1900s in the United States including the development of the Western frontier, the growth of industry and immigration, and the birth of an urban society.

Reform and Empire 1865-1920

In this unit, students will learn about progressive reforms that brought many changes to American life, how the United States expanded and took a more active role in international affairs, and what the causes and effects were of World War I.

Change and Conflict 1920-1945

In this unit, students will study how the events of the three decades after World War I affected Americans:  the flourishing culture of the 1920s, the focus on domestic issues during the Great Depression, and the sacrifices people made and the unity they demonstrated during World War II.

Challenges at Home and Abroad 1945-1975

In this unit, students will learn about the changes the United States experienced after the war, the fight to stop the spread of communism around the world, and the civil rights movement.

 America in a Modern Era 1968- present

In this unit, students will learn how Americans have responded to terrorism and other challenges by looking for new ways to preserve and protect democratic ideals in a changing world.

Illinois Constitution

In this unit, students will understand the Constitution of Illinois and how the Constitution of the United States governs the people of Illinois.

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




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