Social Studies

social studies
social studies jersey city
liz iantelli melissa desantos
Elizabeth Iannetelli Melissa Dos Santos
Supervisor PMP/AEP/HOPE/Social Studies (K-8) Supervisor Social Studies (6-12)
201-369-3720 201-547-2223

The Social Studies program is an inquiry-based curriculum that emphasizes historical thinking skills and analysis. Through the inquiry framework, students engage with primary and secondary sources to understand history from multiple perspectives.  The goal of the social studies department is to prepare students to be responsible and productive citizens in a democratic society and a globally interdependent world. Our purpose is to ensure all students will be successful through the implementation of a standards-based curriculum  that foster students' 21st century and interpersonal skills and focuses on diversity, cultural awareness, problem solving and collaboration.  Students will acquire necessary knowledge, skills, and aptitudes as they become lifelong learners and valuable contributors to the workforce.  To achieve our school and department mission of educating, equipping, and empowering all students, we will promote active involvement among school, family, and community. 


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K-5 Social Studies

  • K, 1, 2

Students will be able to gain a deeper understanding about their communities by learning

about who lives and works in their communities. 

  • Grade 3

Students will engage in the fundamental concepts of geography and the essential concepts of local and global economy.

  • Grade 4

Through the lenses of New Jersey history, students will engage with the fundamental concepts about government, citizenship, geography, economics, and history. 

  • Grade 5

Students will learn about the many struggles the Colonists had to overcome in the formation of a new country, the United States. 


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Grades 6-8 -The Middle School Social Studies curriculum engages students in historical inquiry through global and United States history.         


  • Grade 6

Global Civilizations I-Students will investigate the prehistoric world and underlying role technological advancements, 

geography, and natural resources played on helping prehistoric people establish organized, cooperativ


  • Grade 7

Global Civilizations II-Students will engage in the study of classical civilizations and how they transformed into empires by centralizing government, new technologies, exchange of ideas and how beliefs systems affected culture. 

  • Grade 8

Early US History-(1491-Jackson Presidency)-As students examine our nation’s roots, 

they will learn about the democratic traditions, philosophical ideas, people, and institutions that continue to 

leave a legacy on American society, politics, and economy today.


Grades 9-12

High School students are required to complete two years of United States History and one year of World History based on the NJSLS. The core and elective courses are inquiry  based and require students to engage with historical and analytical thinking. 

  • United States History I (Louisiana Purchase-WWI) 
  • United States History II (1920s-Present)
  • World History and Cultures (1491-Present)
  • African American Studies 
  • Financial Literacy
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Human Behavior 

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Advanced Placement Courses 

  • AP US History
  • AP World History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP US Government and Politics
  • AP MicroEconomics 
  • Model United Nations
  • Mock Trial 

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  • DBQ Project embedded in the 5th-12th grade Social Studies curriculum 

that provides an opportunity for students to analyze historical documents.

  • HMH Platform:Ed My Friend in Learning K-8th grade Social Studies

instructional resource that provides both print and online content.

  • Pearson Realize-With rich and engaging content, embedded assessment with instant data, and flexible classroom management tools, Realize gives you the power to raise interest and achievement for every student
  • Social Studies Weekly-Fourth grade instructional resource that provides 

New Jersey content.

  • Reading Like a Historian embedded in 6-12th grade Social Studies curriculum where students approach history by reading primary source documents. Anchored by these texts, students explore different perspectives of historical events and develop opinions based on their reading.
  • Choices curriculum empowers students to understand the relationship between history and current issues while developing the analytical skills to become thoughtful global citizens.
  • Teaching Tolerance is a free resource for educators that provides materials to supplement the curriculum, to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected.

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  • Jersey City History Fair-students are given the opportunity to participate in a writing competition.
  • Historical Walking Tours-students from our district schools are given the opportunity to visit historical sites throughout Jersey City.
  • Women’s Right to Vote Centennial Celebration–District wide celebration of the Women’s 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.
  • Partnership with the Apple Tree House-Working with the Apple Tree House provides opportunities for students to tour the property, learn about the history of the area, and hold celebrations.
  • Google Expedition Kits-Is a resource used in the classroom where the students use mobile devices and VR viewers to virtually explore an art gallery or museum, swim underwater, or navigate outer space, without leaving the classroom.
  • Every Kid in a Park-Through the National Park Services every fourth grade student is given the opportunity free of charge to visit any national park in the United States.
  • Gilder Lehrman Hamilton Grant- The Gilder Lehrman Institute is partnered with the producers of Hamilton on the Hamilton Education Program. Jersey City High School students have been invited to integrate Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Era into classroom studies and then see the musical. 

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