C3 Social Studies Framework

C3-Framework-for-Social-Studies final copy

It seems that there is some confusion out in the field about the C3 Framework for social studies.  This document is not common core standards for social studies.  This Framework does not include all that can or should be included in a set of robust social studies standards, and intentionally preserves the critical choices around the selection of curricular content taught at each grade level as a decision best made by each state. The Framework aims to support states in creating standards that prepare young people for ef­fective and successful participation in college, careers, and civic life.

 However, this is a great resource for social studies teachers.  The C3 Framework is centered on an Inquiry Arc—a set of interlocking and mutually supportive ideas that frame the ways students learn social studies content. By focusing on inquiry, the framework emphasizes the disciplinary concepts and practices that support students as they develop the capacity to know, analyze, explain, and argue about interdisciplinary challenges in our social world. It includes descriptions of the structure and tools of the disciplines, as well as the habits of mind common in those disciplines.

The above attached document is something that all teachers of Social Studies, or those creating PD for social studies, grades k-12 should review.  If you have any questions or concerns feel free to ask.


Robert “Joey” Wiseman Jr.

Assistant Director

Office of Secondary Learning

Instructional Materials

Social Studies

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8th grade essay- historic endangered property

All 8th grade students are invited to submit an essay with photos identifying a historic endangered property in their community or county.  Properties must be at least 50 years of age or older (age requirement to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places).  Properties can include houses, commercial buildings, downtown buildings, churches, courthouses, schools, farms, cemeteries, bridges, monuments, and landscapes. Students are asked not only to identify an endangered historic property but are also required to develop their civic engagement through the use of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.  They must research the historic significance of the property, describe current preservation efforts, devise a plan for adaptive re-use of the property, and submit their essay to a local decision-maker in their community. Submissions are due via mail or email to Preservation Alliance of West Virginia by May 15, 2014.


First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive a cash scholarship from CONSOL Energy and be invited to present a brief PowerPoint presentation during the annual Historic Preservation Awards Banquet on September 26th, 2014 at the Palms Reception Hall in Huntington, WV.


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Robert “Joey” Wiseman Jr.

Assistant Director

Office of Secondary Learning

Instructional Materials

Social Studies