Social Studies Newsletter September 2022

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September 2022

Oklahoma Curriculum Frameworks for Social Studies

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The curriculum frameworks provide a detailed breakdown of the intent of each of the objectives in the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Social Studies as well as examples of what teachers may do to support students with those objectives and what students may be doing if they are achieving those objectives. The curriculum frameworks also identify key concepts and common misunderstandings associated with each objective and provide sample lesson ideas and inquiry-based tasks, accompanied by correlating primary and secondary instructional resources to support ambitious teaching and learning in the social studies classroom. Sample unit progressions which include essential and supporting questions, launch tasks, collaborative learning ideas, and formative assessments with student samples and rubrics have also been included. As the standards are built upon grade-level progressions, it is important to start teaching the early skills of citizenry showcased in the standards beginning in PK. The frameworks can assist schools and educators with providing instruction in the earliest grades and throughout middle school and high school. Learning to become an engaged citizen starts early and can be easy to incorporate into elementary instruction.

Guidance for Implementing New Holocaust Education Requirements for the 2022-23 School Year

The Holocaust education law (70 O.S. § 11-103.6o) states that beginning in the 2022-23 school year, Holocaust education shall be taught to students in grades 6-12 as prescribed in the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Social Studies and be taught in a manner that generates an understanding of the causes, course, and effects of the Holocaust. If schools are providing instruction aligned to the 6-12 social studies standards, they will meet the requirements of the law.

To support school districts in meeting the new Holocaust Education requirements, resources related to the causes, series of events, and effects of the Holocaust can be found here and sources related to the Nuremberg Trials can be found here. Additional resources supporting the implementation of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for grades 6-12 can be found in the Oklahoma Curriculum Frameworks. OSDE will be working with Holocaust experts around the state during the school year to identify additional resources and develop and provide quality professional development for teachers.

United States Senate Youth Program

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The 61st Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Oklahoma application is open. Two students from each state will be selected to attend the program and each will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Students qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold per the USSYP official criteria for the current 2022-2023 academic year. Access the USSYP brochure here.

The Oklahoma application can be accessed here and is due by 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2022. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Finalists will be notified by November 1, 2022 and will be required to attend a virtual interview in November 2022.

For additional information contact Brenda Beymer-Chapman

The Kid Governor Program

The Kid Governor® Program is an award-winning civics program led by the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) and created by The Connecticut Democracy Center (CTDC). This fall, each participating 5th grade class in the state of Oklahoma will have the opportunity to explore lessons about our three branches of state government, voting, and civic engagement as they prepare to elect the next Oklahoma Kid Governor®. The spirit of Kid Governor® is not about who wins the election, but about students learning civics and that they can have a positive impact on their community. Please join OICA for an informational meeting on how your 5th grade classroom can be a part of this free, hands-on learning experience on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 4:00pm. Meeting ID: 843 2612 1443 or dial by location: +1 669 444 9171 US.

To sign up your class today, visit or go to For other questions contact Lucy Gutierrez, OKKG State Coordinator at

Constitutional Day, September 17

September 17th is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution of the United States. Each school that receives Federal funds is to work with students about the Constitution on this day. I found this a great day to discuss with students about how to become a citizen if you were not born here in the United States as it is also called Citizenship Day. I asked students to name something they thought every citizen should know as a bellwork question and then had them take "their test" to see if they all knew the answers as a way to introduce one of the parts of the process. There are many resources for Constitution Day including the following:

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The following are resources to use in your classroom:

  • The Library of Congress has created a primary source set containing images, audio, maps, and lesson plan ideas for bolstering lessons on Hispanic Heritage.
  • Bolster a Hispanic Heritage classroom discussion or lesson plan with the United States Census Bureau's stories, population data, and trade figures.
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities has lesson plans and resources for teaching about Hispanic Heritage Month.

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum offers interactive lesson plans for students in grades 3 to 12 that address the 9/11 attacks, their ongoing repercussions, and the history of the World Trade Center. Lessons plans are divided by grade level and theme. 

The September 11, 2001 Documentary Project at the Library of Congress

The September 11, 2001 Documentary Project captures the reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Patriotism and unity mixed with sadness, anger, and insecurity are common themes expressed in this online presentation of almost 200 audio and video interviews, 45 graphic items, and 21 written narratives. Some of the interviews are from people who were in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon during the attacks, but the majority of the interviews are from other parts of the U.S. — from those who first heard the news on television or radio, and from teachers, friends, family, and other members of their communities. In all, materials were received from 27 states and a U.S. military base in Naples, Italy. View the project here.

American Legion - Vets In School

The American Legion is the world's largest organization of U.S. veterans and members have spoken to thousands of students. Many of the veterans are experts on topics such as the Revolutionary War and Civil War and some even appear in costume. If interested in having speakers please contact Ken Wyatt @ 405-410-9060 or If you contact Ken via email, please put Vets In School in the subject line. 

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