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K-12 Social Studies

Stephanie Reiners, Curriculum Administrator

The Louisiana Social Studies Content Standards were designed with a foundation of four core disciplines, or strands, from the social sciences: geography, civics, economics and history.  The core strands incorporate sociology, anthropology, and psychology where appropriate. An additional component to the Louisiana Social Studies Content Standards is the foundation skills associated with all disciplines: communication, problems solving, resource access and utilization, linking and generating knowledge, and citizenship. These strands and foundation skills, along with the state’s Grade-Level Expectations, help to define scope and sequence and assist in the development of appropriate tools for assessing student learning.

Each discipline in social studies demands certain skills for students to engage in meaningful learning of content, for example, historical thinking skills.  Meaningful historical understanding requires students to engage in five categories of historical thinking.  These include (1) developing a sense of historical time and historical perspective, (2) explaining and analyzing historical events and ideas, (3) interpreting and evaluating historical evidence in primary and secondary sources, (4) using historical inquiry to analyze historical and contemporary issues and conduct historical research, and (5) analyzing cause-effect relationships.

These skills are not mutually exclusive in an instructional setting, nor do they prescribe a particular teaching sequence.  While historical thinking skills can be described absent of historical content, they cannot be developed or practiced in a vacuum.

Social studies is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field of study.  While social studies standards and grade-level expectations define the core learning, social studies instruction makes use of understandings from all content areas. This interdisciplinary curriculum connects to the real world by providing students with an expanded understanding of the interconnected nature of the world through an integrated approach that provides focus and depth. 

Louisiana Department of Education Resources

Social Studies Resources-

Social Studies Curriculum Resources     K-5     |   6-8     |   9-12   


Grades K-5           Kindergarten   |  First   |  Second   |  Third  |  Fourth   |  Fifth


Kindergarten 2018–2019 Curriculum Map

Kindergarten Standards


First Grade

First Grade 2018–2019 Curriculum Map

First Grade Standards


Second Grade

Second Grade 2017–2018 Curriculum Map

Second Grade Standards



Third Grade

Third Grade 2018–2019 Curriculum Map

Third Grade Standards


Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade 2018–2019 Curriculum Map

Fourth Grade Standards


Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade 2018–2019 Curriculum Map

Fifth Grade Standards





Grades 6-8                  Sixth    |   Seventh    |   Eighth

Sixth Grade

Sixth Grade 2019–2020 World History Curriculum Map

Sixth Grade Standards



Seventh Grade

Seventh Grade 2019–2020 American History Curriculum Map

Seventh Grade Standards



Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade 2019–2020 Louisiana History Curriculum Map

Eighth Grade Standards



Grades 9-12   World History | World Geography | Civics | US History


World Geography

World Geography 2019–2020 Curriculum Map

World Geography Standards 



Civics 2019–2020 Curriculum Map

Civics Standards



US History

US History 2019–2020 Curriculum Map

US History Standards


World History

World History 2019–2020 Curriculum Map

World History Standards


High School Social Studies State Resources:

AP Psych Correlations to National Standards

High School GLE Comparison Chart

HS Social Studies SLT Example-World History