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1.1.1 History/Social Studies and 21st Century Skills

To be successful in  history/social studies,  students must be able to read primary and secondary sources analytically, draw conclusions, and articulate their findings in well-crafted argumentative or explanatory essays supported by evidence and solid reasoning—skills included in the History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools, the CA CCSS, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21).

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs (Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity and innovation)."

Partnership for 21st Century Skills 2013

Time to View

Watch “21st Century Skills in Action: Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, and Problem Solving” to see educators from different content areas and grades discuss the importance of teaching 21st century skills.

Time to Read

P21 worked in collaboration with the National Council for the Social Studies to develop a correlation between the content area of history/social studies and these skills. Read the "Social Studies 21st Century Skills Map" to see specific outcomes and examples of how to integrate these skills at grades 4, 8, and 12.