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NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies – Grade 11 Unit 6 Guide

Note to Teachers: To help with remote learning, student graphic organizers for this unit are available on the NYCDOE TeachHub in a Google Drive folder along with Passport to Social Studies lessons that have been adjusted for remote learning. Access these materials by following these instructions.

In this four-week unit, Social and Economic Change: Domestic Issues (1945–present), students examine topics to answer the Essential Question: Is there one America or many? Following World War II, global and domestic forces challenged American society to recognize and address changes taking place to the culture and identity of the nation. Students explore how individuals and groups organized to address racial, gender, and socioeconomic inequalities and the clash of political philosophies about the role the federal government should play in addressing them by providing a social safety net. In addition, student will trace individual, group, and government responses to significant constitutional and civic issues. This unit also engages students to learn about the emergence of the civil rights movement from long-term demands for equality by African Americans that accelerated after the end of World War II. Students also analyze the extent to which the Black civil rights movement influenced other individuals, groups, and organizations that sought to bring about changes throughout American society, including fights led by activists for Latinx rights, Indigenous rights, and Third Wave Feminism.

Throughout the unit, students strengthen the historical thinking skills that are embedded in the Regents Exam in United States History and Government (Framework). Specifically, students will study the structure and expectations of the Civic Literacy Essay and, at the end of the unit, write their own using a set of documents provided.

This guide includes multiple components:

  • Overview
  • Day-by-Day Planner
  • Model Lesson
  • Unit Assessment (and rubric)
  • Historical Thinking Tools and Analysis Strategies
  • Key Standards
  • Connections to the Regents Exam in United States History and Government and Civics for All

To evaluate student mastery of content knowledge, cognitive processes, and critical thinking skills, this unit includes opportunities for formative assessments and a performance-based unit assessment. Please note that the NYCDOE 9-12: Passport to Social Studies materials also include a separate student Text Set for each unit.

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