New BC Social Studies Curriculum
Content Shifting in the New Curriculum
These 11x17 pdf documents provide some ideas for 2016-17 Social Studies courses that reflect the new role for "competencies" and the shifting content in the new and draft curriculum posted at https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/. The topics are moving between grades because the historic start and end dates for Social studies have changed (in addition to other changes to the curriculum by the Ministry of Education). These charts are intended to help teachers figure out where (and if) they wish to repurpose existing lesson material and learning resources. They are not meant to identify lists of topics that all have to be taught (or learned!), nor do historical topics and sequences need to be the main basis of new course designs. There are also many other fresh topics and perspectives that can enter into each of the new courses in service of students’ development of skills, progress towards discipline-specific competencies, and understanding of the big ideas. Further, a historical "design lens" should not be the only way to conceive of social studies. In BC we have the privilege of an subject area that is already interdisciplinary in nature and we should take advantage of this in our design for learning.
Document 1: New BC Curriculum and the Old Familiar Topics: Overview of Content Shifting in Social Studies 7-11 - An overview of curriculum change.
Document 2: Suggestions for building a new Social Studies 8 Outline - The relationships that guide the development of civilizations and identity of people.
Document 3: Suggestions for building a new Social Studies 9 Outline - Why Canada? The growth of peoples and a nation in a continental and global context.
Document 4: Suggestions for building a new Social Studies 10 Outline - The course every Canadian should take. Are we too big for our planet? Why bother Voting? Is there such thing as a Canadian Identity - where does it come from, who does it represent, and how is it expressed?
Sample (New) Course Outlines
Here are some draft documents that I'm using for piloting new curriculum:
Outline: Social Studies 8 • Website: http://thielmann.ca/social-studies-8
Outline: Social Studies 9 • Website: http://thielmann.ca/social-studies-9
Outline: Social Studies 10 • Website: http://thielmann.ca/social-studies-10
Aboriginal Perspectives and Knowledge
First Peoples Principles of Learning
Survey of Aboriginal cultures in Canada up to 1867 - very accessible reading level and straight-forward maps and images
Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools
Project of Heart - reconciliation-focused projects and resources
Project of Heart / BCTF e-book on Res. schools and reconciliation
Aboriginal Resources for Teachers from SD36
Digital Mapping Lessons
Links for the Redesigned Curriculum
Kim Rutherford has been provided with some time from School District 57 to support English and Social Studies curriculum. He has "curated" a variety of useful weblinks for teachers on his website.
Assessment Ideas for