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Disciplinary Literacy in Social Studies

Wisconsin Disciplinary Literacy Vision infographic

Newly refreshed and updated - information on how to use thoughtfully chosen literacy techniques to teach students social studies objectives.

Wisconsin Social Studies

State Capitol

The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.  (NCSS, 1993).  

Social studies prepares our young people to be college, career, and community ready.  

A balanced social studies program helps students make sense of the world through the study of the five content areas; make connections between major ideas and their own lives; and see themselves as members of a global community.

Wisconsin Social Studies Standards Review

The writing committee has developed a draft of the new standards. The first draft was released on January 31, 2018 for public review and provided to the education committees of the legislature. After the comment period ends, the State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council will provide further review. The State Superintendent then determines adoption of the standards.

Public hearings will take place on February 12th in Oshkosh (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) and February 13th in Madison (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.).

Use this feedback form to comment on the draft standards. (open until March 1, 2018)


For questions about this information, contact Kristen McDaniel (608) 266-2207