TOSA for Social Studies K-12 
Office: 352.726.1931 ext. 2490
Required Instruction
The Declaration of Independence 
The Constitution and Bill of Rights 
Republican Form of Government 
Flag Education 
Civil Government 

U.S. History 
History of the Holocaust 
African American History 
Kindness to Animals 
Florida History 

Hispanic Contributions 
Women's Contributions 
Free Enterprise and the U.S. Economy 
Character Development 
Protection of Democratic Values/Patriotism
Opportunities to Meet Requirements Through NGSSSS
  • The reading portion of the Language Arts curriculum will include Civics education content for all grade levels. 
  • Requires the successful completion of at least a one-semester of a Civics education course in order to be promoted from middle grades. 
  • Stipulates that the middle school Civics education course must address the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments; the structures and functions of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government; and the meaning and significance of historic documents, such as the Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, and Constitution of the United States. 
  • The middle school Civics course must include an end-of-course assessment which counts for 30% of the student's overall grade. 
  • The Civics EOC is a factor in calculating the school's grade.
The Governor may annually issue a proclamation designating the month of September as "American Founders' Month."
  • All civic, fraternal, and religious organizations and public and private educational institutions are urged  to recognize and observe this occasion through appropriate programs, meetings,  services, or celebrations in which state, county, and local  governmental officials are invited to participate.
Designation of Patriot Day 
  • State and local governments and the people of the United States shall observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities. 
  • All U.S. flags shall be displayed at half staff to honor those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. 
  • The people of the United States shall observe a moment of silence on this day.
United States public law requires that public educational institutions receiving federal funds teach about the Constitution on this day.
Florida Law requires public school districts to commemorate the founding principles of our nation during the last full week of September. 
  • Celebrate Freedom Week must include at least 3 hours of appropriate instruction in each social studies class, as determined by each school district, which instruction shall include an in-depth study of the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence. 
  • At the beginning of each school day or in homeroom, public school principals and teachers shall conduct an oral recitation by students of the following words of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” 
  • Upon written request by a student’s parent, the student must be excused from the recitation of the Declaration of Independence.
The events of the Holocaust are not taught in K-3. The focus is on character development and human kindness, paving the way for Holocaust instruction in the upper grades. CLICK HERE for a packet of lessons that are suitable for K-3 Holocaust Education. 
A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust 
​A variety of multimedia resources offered through the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. 
Commissioner's Task Force on Holocaust Education 
Florida DOE's site for Holocaust classroom resources and professional learning opportunities. 
Echoes and Reflections 
Supplemental material including primary sources, such as photographs, artifacts, documents, and online exhibitions. 
I Witness 
Over 1,300 video testimonies, multimedia activities, digital resources – the place to participate actively in learning. 

National Endowment for the Humanities: Holocaust and Resistance
In this comprehensive and interactive unit, students reflect on the Holocaust from the point of view of those who actively resisted Nazi persecution.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 
This collection of Holocaust-related materials is among the most comprehensive in the world. View photos, film, artifacts, oral histories, and more. 
Chapter 1003 PUBLIC K-12 EDUCATION 
SECTION 42 - Required instruction. 

1) Each district school board shall provide all courses required for middle grades promotion, high school graduation, and appropriate instruction designed to ensure that students meet State Board of Education adopted standards in the following subject areas: reading and other language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, foreign languages, health and physical education, and the arts. 
(2) Members of the instructional staff of the public schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the highest standards for professionalism and historic accuracy, following the prescribed courses of study, and employing approved methods of instruction, the following: 
  • The history and content of the Declaration of Independence, including national sovereignty, natural law, self-evident truth, equality of all persons, limited government, popular sovereignty, and inalienable rights of life, liberty, and property, and how they form the philosophical foundation of our government. 
  • The history, meaning, significance, and effect of the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and amendments thereto, with emphasis on each of the 10 amendments that make up the Bill of Rights and how the constitution provides the structure of our government. 
  • The arguments in support of adopting our republican form of government, as they are embodied in the most important of the Federalist Papers. 
  • Flag education, including proper flag display and flag salute. 
  • The elements of civil government, including the primary functions of and interrelationships between the Federal Government, the state, and its counties, municipalities, school districts, and special districts. 
  • The history of the United States, including the period of discovery, early colonies, the War for Independence, the Civil War, the expansion of the United States to its present boundaries, the world wars, and the civil rights movement to the present. American history shall be viewed as factual, not as constructed, shall be viewed as knowable, teachable, and testable, and shall be defined as the creation of a new nation based largely on the universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence. 
  • The history of the Holocaust (1933-1945), the systematic, planned annihilation of European Jews and other groups by Nazi Germany, a watershed event in the history of humanity, to be taught in a manner that leads to an investigation of human behavior, an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping, and an examination of what it means to be a responsible and respectful person, for the purposes of encouraging tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting democratic values and institutions. 
  • The history of African Americans, including the history of African peoples before the political conflicts that led to the development of slavery, the passage to America, the enslavement experience, abolition, and the contributions of African Americans to society. Instructional materials shall include the contributions of African Americans to American society. 
  • The elementary principles of agriculture. 
  • The true effects of all alcoholic and intoxicating liquors and beverages and narcotics upon the human body and mind. 
  • Kindness to animals. 
  • The history of the state. 
  • The conservation of natural resources. 
  • Comprehensive health education that addresses concepts of community health; consumer health; environmental health; family life, including an awareness of the benefits of sexual abstinence as the expected standard and the consequences of teenage pregnancy; mental and emotional health; injury prevention and safety; Internet safety; nutrition; personal health; prevention and control of disease; and substance use and abuse. The health education curriculum for students in grades 7 through 12 shall include a teen dating violence and abuse component that includes, but is not limited to, the definition of dating violence and abuse, the warning signs of dating violence and abusive behavior, the characteristics of healthy relationships, measures to prevent and stop dating violence and abuse, and community resources available to victims of dating violence and abuse. 
  • Such additional materials, subjects, courses, or fields in such grades as are prescribed by law or by rules of the State Board of Education and the district school board in fulfilling the requirements of law. 
  • The study of Hispanic contributions to the United States. 
  • The study of women’s contributions to the United States. 
  • The nature and importance of free enterprise to the United States economy. 
  • A character-development program in the elementary schools, similar to Character First or Character Counts, which is secular in nature. Beginning in school year 2004-2005, the character-development program shall be required in kindergarten through grade 12. Each district school board shall develop or adopt a curriculum for the character-development program that shall be submitted to the department for approval. The character-development curriculum shall stress the qualities of patriotism; responsibility; citizenship; kindness; respect for authority, life, liberty, and personal property; honesty; charity; self-control; racial, ethnic, and religious tolerance; and cooperation. 
  • In order to encourage patriotism, the sacrifices that veterans have made in serving our country and protecting democratic values worldwide. Such instruction must occur on or before Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day. Members of the instructional staff are encouraged to use the assistance of local veterans when practicable. The State Board of Education is encouraged to adopt standards and pursue assessment of the requirements of this subsection. 
(3) Any student whose parent makes written request to the school principal shall be exempted from the teaching of reproductive health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS, its symptoms, development, and treatment. A student so exempted may not be penalized by reason of that exemption. Course descriptions for comprehensive health education shall not interfere with the local determination of appropriate curriculum which reflects local values and concerns.