Social Studies

  • Social studies is an integrated curriculum which increases students' understanding of their role as a citizen in their community, state, nation, and world.  Students examine and reflect on the past, make connections to the present, and problem solve for the future.  In addition, students acquire and use critical thinking skills to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in order to thrive in an interdependent world.

    Guiding Principles

    The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) is the foundation of the Rockwall ISD social studies curriculum along with the following guiding principles.

    1.  Social studies integrates the strands of history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, culture, science-technology-and society, and social studies skills.

    2.  Social studies equips students to undertand and participate in the world around them.

    3.  Social studies instruction is relevant and meaningful to students utilizing a variety of learning strategies and experienctial opportunities.

    4.  Social studies instrucion fosters cultural literacy and produces an educated citizenry.

    5.  Social studies vertical and horizontal alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment eliminate gaps and repetitions in order to deepen student understanding of concepts.

    State Standards: Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)


Celebrations and Observances


    August 26

    Women’s Independence Day

    September 11

    National Day of Service and Remembrance

    September 17

    Constitution Day

    Week of September 17th

    Celebrate Freedom Week

    September 17 – October 17

    Hispanic Heritage Month


    American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

    November 3

    Father of Texas Day (in memory of Stephen F. Austin

    November 11

    Veterans’ Day

    December 15

    Bill of Rights Day

    January 6

    Sam Rayburn Day

    January 19

    Martin Luther King’s Birthday


    Black History Month

    February 19

    State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day


    Women’s History Month

    March 2

    Texas Independence Day


    Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


 Jennifer Penton



Degrees and Certifications:

Jennifer Penton

K-6 Literacy Coordinator/Social Studies


Dr. Matthew Redman



Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Matthew Redman

Advanced Academics/International Baccaureate/Secondary Social Studies Coordinator
972-771-0605 ext. 7040