The HSS Framework provides both a theoretical rationale and concrete classroom examples throughout the document to support the implementation of a new vision for history-social science and the History–Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools (HSS Standards).
Content The California curriculum framework incorporates new scholarship and recent state mandates such as the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Act. The course descriptions for grades six through twelve have been completely rewritten to tell a story that reflects the breadth of world history and the contributions of many diverse groups to the development of California and the United States.
Inquiry This framework is rooted in a strong emphasis on student inquiry. The goal is not just to tell students about history–social science but to teach them the skills to do history–social science. The framework calls upon students to conduct research (both guided and independent), evaluate primary and secondary sources, develop arguments, and make presentations.
Literacy The framework views the development of student literacy as a shared enterprise, not something that is just limited to the language arts classroom. The curriculum includes an emphasis on giving all students access to the academic vocabulary and skills necessary for success in college, careers, and civic life.
Citizenship The history–social science curriculum places a strong emphasis on democratic values in the relations between citizens and the state. It encourages teachers to help their students practice the skills of engaged citizenship.