State of New Jersey Department of Education
    Model Curriculum
     Why a model curriculum?

    The purpose of providing a “model” is to assist districts and schools with implementation of the Common Core State Standards and New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards by providing an example from which to work and/or a product for implementation.  Each unit contains targeted student learning objectives (SLOs) that elucidate what students need to know and be able to do within the unit.  The six-week formative assessments included in the model curriculum help clarify the level of rigor expected from the standards and provide a set of assessment tools that are often difficult for districts and schools to create on their own.

    What is the model curriculum?

    The model curriculum (version 1.0) includes all standards of the grade-level content organized into five units of study, each with targeted SLOs, intended for six weeks of instruction each.  Each unit contains the content of the grade that can be reasonably taught to proficiency in a six-week time period.  The sequence of units in the model curriculum is a purposeful sequence of the target skills for each unit in each grade or course.  The included formative assessments allow for measuring student proficiency of those target skills as the year of instruction progresses.

    Units have been developed to meet the expectations of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standard (NJCCCS) for Social Studies and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. These units are designed for US History I, US History II, and World History courses and include the Civics, Geography, Economics, and Historical Perspective strands.
     Social Studies Standards and Primary Source Correlations Documents