Social Studies Department
The Social Studies Department at the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music offers a comprehensive, instructional program that focuses on providing students with the skills necessary to master a broad range of historical knowledge. The Department provides an intellectually enriching experience with a focus on critical thinking as developed through an academically rigorous curriculum. The objectives of the Department include equipping students with the skills required to understand and analyze historical data, compose and support arguments through presentations, written pieces and debate. The skills acquired will enable students to understand themes in history, geography and economics. Literacy is a major component of the social studies curriculum, with a strong emphasis on the interpretation and analysis of primary source documents, graphs, maps, political cartoons and speeches. The instructional strategies include a student-centered environment designed to heighten students’ understanding of historical turning points, and the development of political and economic systems in the United States and abroad.