Welcome to the Social Studies Department of Lowell High School in Lowell, Massachusetts!
We offer students instruction in World History, U.S. History, American Civics, European History, Cambodian History, Psychology, Political Science and Government, Sociology, Economics, Philosophy, Gender and Identity Studies, and the study of the City of Lowell. We strive to prepare students equally for college, career, and civic life. We emphasize real-world application of what we teach. We work to promote sound critical thinking, the ability to analyze sources of social sciences knowledge, and good citizenship in both local and global communities. We also offer enrichment opportunities through a variety of departmental programs and extra-curricular clubs and projects.
— New and Noteworthy from LHS Social Studies --
For older departmental news click here. For LHS Social Studies faculty and our department in the news click here.
Social Studies and EL Teacher Jessica Lander published a book that her students created, featuring recipes that their families have brought with them from their countries of origin. The book has won prizes, but, even more importantly for all of our students, Aramark, the vendor responsible for meals at LHS, agreed to feature one recipe a month in its offerings during lunch. For more information about the book and its influence, please see this article in the Lowell Sun.
Indigenous Peoples Day activities across Massachusetts (October 2021) - click here
Jessica Lander is finalist for the Varkey World Teacher of the Year (click here for Lowell Sun article)
26 January 2021: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, one of the most important centers for U.S. history in the country has continued its free "History School" Program for students and families. For students and families who are looking for activities that help further your knowledge about America, click on the image above to go to the Gilder Lehrman site for information about the courses and free registration. All students are encouraged, but AP US History students are strongly advised to look into this. There are "courses" for all ages, from elementary school through 12th grade. Click here or on any of the images above to go to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History website.
We are America, a book created by students from Jessica Lander’s course Seminar on Diversity in America (SOC.4570), has been featured in media across the country. See here for a sample of coverage and here for the website. Ms. Lander and her students have started a movement that is now found in 23 different states in 36 teachers’ classrooms.
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