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Social Studies Standards

NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies)

1. Culture: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of culture and cultural diversity. In a democratic and multicultural society, students need to understand multiple perspectives that derive from different cultural vantage points. This understanding will allow them to relate to people in our nation and throughout the world.

Time, Continuity and Change:
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the ways human beings view themselves in and over time. High school students engage in more sophisticated analysis and reconstruction of the past, examining its relationship to the present and extrapolating into the future. They integrate individual stories about people, events, and situations to form a more holistic conception, in which continuity and change are linked in time and across cultures.

3. People, Places, and Environments:
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of people, places, and environments. Students in high school are able to apply geographic understanding across a broad range of fields, including the fine arts, sciences, and humanities. Geographic concepts become central to learners' comprehension of global connections as they expand their knowledge of diverse cultures, both historical and contemporary.

4. Individual Development and Identity:
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of individual development and identity. At the high school level, students need to encounter multiple opportunities to examine contemporary patterns of human behavior, using methods from the behavioral sciences to apply core concepts drawn from psychology, social psychology, sociology, and anthropology as they apply to individuals, societies, and cultures.

Music Education Standards:

This set of interactive activities helps meet standard 9 of the Music Education Standard

9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

Foreign Language Education Standards:

This set of activities also helps to address and meet standards from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Communicate in Languages Other Than English:

Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics

Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures:

Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied
Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship

Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information:

Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language
Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures

Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture:

Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own
Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in Social Studies, Music, and Spanish:

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities, and commitments.

The lessons in this Sabor! Virtual Exhibition are designed with national content standards and NBPTS standards in mind. Accomplished teachers use lesson plans as guides, changing and adapting them to meet individual and group needs. With that as a premise, the following standards from NBPTS are evident in the exhibition. It is essential to remember, however, that the teacher is the catalyst here, not the lesson. A good teacher uses material from multiple sources and makes the course of study relevant to her/his students' knowledge, background, and aspirations.

A good lesson does not make a teacher into a National Board Certified Teacher; however, an accomplished teacher can turn a poorly planned lesson into a successful learning experience.

Social Studies/History

By knowing students and valuing the diversity brought to the classroom, teachers can use these lessons to assist students in learning more about each other: background, family history and culture, and different perspectives. These lessons can also add to students' knowledge of subject matter, particularly the 20 th century history of the Americas and the contributions of Latino and Hispanic culture.

By using a multi-disciplinary approach, teachers promote social understanding and create a learning environment where contributions are valued and students build trust. These lessons also provide multiple opportunities for the creation of family partnerships and value the contributions of family members.

World Languages other than English

Teachers using these lessons in Spanish classes have a unique opportunity to use primary sources to expose their students to rich language and cultural role models. They can show the value of diversity in the resources they choose to use, thereby showing their students that they respect and understand the target cultures.

Use of the resources in these lessons and exhibits in the primary language, Spanish, allows the teacher to draw upon her/his knowledge of the target language and share it with students, inculcating a love of the language, history, and culture. These lessons also provide multiple paths to learning for students, taking into account different learning styles, interests, and abilities.

The multiple resources associated with these lessons provide a wide variety of choices for both teachers and students, supporting an inclusive environment and chances for critical and creative thinking. Family contributions and cultural experiences are welcomed and valued in these lessons.


Music is an integral part of the Sabor! Virtual Exhibition . By including the music components of these lessons, teachers can engage students' interest in history, culture, and language in new and creative ways. The exposure to new forms of music and new artists can bring a new perspective to each student's musical knowledge and understanding, promoting a classroom of trust and respect for variances in experience and background.

Family and community contributions and partnerships are an integral part of these lessons.





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