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Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew...[and]education is the transmission of civilization.

- Will Durrant

About Us/Contact

Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor

Christopher Hall
Social Studies Supervisor
chall@dsdmail.net
801.402.5328 (office)
801.336.7711 (mobile) 

Chris is a former Social Studies teacher and received a B.S in geography from Weber State University and then attended Syracuse University for graduate studies. He has wide experience in teacher training, having worked as a consultant for the College Board since 2001.  He was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year by Davis School District in 2006 and received the national Distinguished Geography Teacher in Secondary Education by the National Council of Geographic Education in 2007.  His passion is the promotion of effective instruction for all students.

 

 

DESK Standards

What are DESK Standards?

The DESK Standards define the essential skills and content for each of the social studies courses.  These documents are based on the Utah State Board of Education's Social Studies Standards and are the focus of instruction and learning in Davis School District classrooms.

Priority Standards identify the essential skills used in the study of social studies course.  These skills are taught and practiced through the study of the identified course content.

Civic Preparedness Standards describe how the use of current issues and events in every social studies classroom promote both and awareness of current issues and events, and ability to understand, apply, and discuss them.  They are the same for all courses. (Printer-friendly Civic Engagement Standards

Grade 7: Foundations of Social Studies - Utah Studies

Foundations of Social Studies|Utah Studies is the introductory course for social studies in Davis School District.  Curricular content consists of key themes and concepts drawn from the social sciences of geography, history, economics, and government.  Each of the concepts is explored through the use of Utah-specific examples, or Utah Studies.  Literacy, historical thinking, and spatial skills are developed through the study of the concepts in the abstract and real-world Utah examples.  The course focuses on the reading of both informational text and authentic and primary source materials.  

Grade 8: US History 1

Grade 9: World Geography

Elective: Current Issues

Students in a current issues class use current events as an entry point to gain an understanding of ongoing and/or recurring major issues.  Political, social, economic, cultural, and environmental issues will all be explored.  Issues at the state, national, and international scale will be examined and compared. Emphasis will be placed on looking at multiple perspectives, problem-solving, and evaluating sources of information.  Students will have opportunities to respect the opinions of those with different views.