Social Studies Department Writing Statement
Written record is the foundation of the social sciences, a broad and varied field of study involving complex cause and effect relationships and analytic reasoning, both of which require higher level thinking skills. Writing enables students to explore, develop organize, and evaluate concepts and events in order to more thoroughly understand and apply them. The Spearfish High School Social Studies Department believes that higher level thinking skills (comparison/contrast, analysis/synthesis, and evaluation) are an essential component of quality education and that one of the best methods for developing and evaluating these skills is through writing. Writing activities may include essays, free writing, and various projects.