History & Social Science Instruction
The study of History and Social Science is vital in a democratic society. The Stafford County Public Schools K-12 History and Social Science Program is based on the Virginia Standards of Learning and the accompanying History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. The goal of History and Social Science instruction is to prepare students for informed and responsible citizenship.
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
The Elementary History and Social Science program is a standards-based curriculum designed to provide multiple opportunities to hone skills and gain historical knowledge to promote high student achievement. The content and skills taught in the History and Social Science program include identifying and sequencing events in World, United States and Virginia history; gathering, classifying, recording, and interpreting information and making generalizations about data; identifying and interpreting primary and secondary sources; describing the location of people, places, and things; and participating in groups and democratic society. Students learn the duties and responsibilities of being a citizen in our local community, Virginia, and the United States. More information about specific courses, can be found on our Course Cards or in the Program of Studies.
Students will take the appropriate Virginia Standards of Learning Assessment as identified below.
Grade Level-Type of Virginia Assessment
Kindergarten - None
Grade 1 - None
Grade 2 - None
Grade 3 - Authentic Performance Assessment/Project-Based Learning
Grade 4 - SOL Assessment
Grade 5 - Authentic Performance Assessment/Project-Based Learning
US History to 1865Grade 6 - Authentic Performance Assessment/Project-Based LearningUS History 1865 to PresentCivics & EconomicsWorld GeographyGrade 9 - SOL Assessment and Performance AssessmentsWorld History & Geography to 1500Grade 10 - SOL AssessmentWorld History & Geography 1500-PresentVirginia & US HistoryVirginia & US Government