The Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework presents the academic content, concepts, and skills in history, geography, economics, and government in an integrated way that supports the teaching of a coherent historical Students will acquire both a greater appreciation and understanding of the important political, economic, and social issues facing the United States and the world. Students are challenged to communicate effectively as they work to understand important societal and individual issues. Critical thinking skills are taught through debating, problem solving, group decision making, and the writing of essays and research papers. In addition, cooperative learning experiences teach students to work successfully with others. The Social Studies Department is committed to helping students understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens and respect and appreciate the diversity of the world’s people.