Inquiro, the latin term for “I ask.” Virginia’s History and Social Science Standards of Learning (SOL) emphasize the importance of developing students’ skills through social studies content. Revised in 2015, the SOL identify social science skills which recognize “the interrelationships between history, geography, economics, and civics content… The development of these skills is important in order for students to become better-informed citizens.” One way to foster student curiosity and ability to navigate a range of informational sources is to ask classes to investigate compelling questions generated by both teachers and students. These open-ended, relevant, and thought-provoking questions can be revisited by students as they revise their claims and justification. Indeed, it is through inquiry that students can best construct their understanding of the past and become active participants of society in the present.
The Virginia C3 Hub includes inquiries which support the vision of teaching and learning expressed in the revised 2015 SOL for Social Studies. Additionally, the Virginia C3 Hub recognizes that state’s social studies courses are surveys that cover a wide breadth of content. However, in-depth exploration, even in a survey course, can still be part of the learning experiences teachers provide for their students. By using a variety of sources, instructional practices, and assessments, these inquiries are designed so that students expand both their content knowledge and skill development. Check out the Inquiries below!
As Virginia moves towards the increased use of performance and authentic assessments, options need to be made available for teacher consideration and use. Dimension 4 of the C3 Framework,“Taking Informed Action”, provides an opportunity for social studies education to be relevant and meaningful for students. This 4 step process can be used by teachers to conceptualize the type of informed action in which students will partake.
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. UN Sustainable Development goal #7
Modern energy is the focus of one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) put forward by the United Nations’ Division for Sustainable Development. These 17 sustainable development goals offer teachers and students an opportunity to emphasize C3 Framework’s focus on action in a global context. Inquiry-based resources coming soon on Virginia C3 Hub will feature the 17 SDGs along with related opportunities for student action. By engaging in informed action that involves contemporary global issues, students develop competencies in a global context. This scope better prepares students to navigate, understand, and act in a future that is increasingly complex and interconnected. Learn more about the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals here.