Tennessee Curriculum Center

Tennessee Social Studies Curriculum Center

Common Core State Standards
Browse English/Language Arts standards for History/Social Studies


The implementation of Common Core State Standards is a full-school endeavor, not just a project for math and ELA teachers. The Common Core State Standards, in addition to the English Language Arts (ELA) Standards, includes Literacy (reading and writing) standards for the “specialized disciplines” of history, social studies, science, and technical subjects for grades 6-12. But the potential of the Common Core to influence instruction and improve student learning goes well beyond just this. Teachers of all grades and subjects can integrate math and literacy skills and activities into their disciplines in order to harness the power of the Common Core to improve student learning across the board.

Source: TNCore.org


Tennessee Social Studies Curriculum Standards
The Social Studies Curriculum Standards include the Process Standards, Content Standards, Learning Expectations and Accomplishments necessary to insure that K-12 Tennessee students develop the social studies skills needed to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in their lives.
NCSS National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

From the NCSS web site:

"The aim of social studies is the promotion of civic competence—the knowledge, intellectual processes, and democratic dispositions required of students to be active and engaged participants in public life. By making civic competence a central aim, NCSS emphasizes the importance of educating students who are committed to the ideas and values of democracy. Civic competence rests on this commitment to democratic values, and requires that citizens have the ability to use their knowledge about their community, nation, and world; to apply inquiry processes; and to employ skills of data collection and analysis, collaboration, decision-making, and problem-solving. Young people who are knowledgeable, skillful, and committed to democracy are necessary to sustaining and improving our democratic way of life, and participating as members of a global community.

The curriculum standards for social studies provide a framework for professional deliberation and planning about what should occur in a social studies program in grades pre-K through 12. National Council for the Social Studies first published national curriculum standards in 1994. Since then, the social studies standards have been widely and successfully used as a framework for teachers, schools, districts, states, and other nations as a tool for curriculum alignment and development. However, much has changed in the world and in education since the original curriculum standards were published. These revised standards reflect a desire to continue and build upon the expectations established in the original standards for effective social studies in the grades from pre-K through 12. This revision incorporates current research and suggestions for improvement from many experienced practitioners"

Tennessee Electronic Learning Center

The Tennessee Electronic Learning Center provides state and national resource links and podcasts for Social Studies, History and cross-curricular learning.

Tennessee History for Kids

Tennessee History for Kids is a comprehensive social studies resource for K-12 students, with virtual tours, county/city histories, videos, quizzes and much more.