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Social Studies

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in the social sciences.

  • Using One Region to Teach World History

    Focusing on depth instead of breadth can help students understand the intricacies of regional civilizations in world history.
    Benjamin Barbour
  • Teaching a Global Curriculum During Distance Learning

    Students may be isolated at home these days, but it’s still a good time to learn about people and cultures far away. Use these resources to get started.
  • How PBL Helps Students Engage With the World Around Them

    The book “Teaching for a Living Democracy” shows teachers how to use project-based learning to prioritize student voice and drive deep learning.
  • Building Critical Thinkers by Combining STEM With History

    By asking students to explore the history of scientific discoveries, we get them to view their world with more wonder—and more skepticism—and condition their minds to think about causes and effects.
  • Exploring Social Justice Issues Through PBL

    The open-ended work in project-based learning can help students explore issues that matter to them.
  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
  • Finding Reputable Online Resources for Distance Learning

    There’s so much information available online that the challenge becomes sorting through it to find accurate, objective materials.
  • Preparing Social Studies Students to Think Critically in the Modern World

    Vetting primary resources isn’t easy—but doing it well is crucial for fostering engagement and deeper learning in a rapidly changing world.
  • Teaching Young Students How to Use Multiple Sources

    Two literacy experts offer strategies for helping elementary and middle school students understand how to use and synthesize different sources for research.
  • Teaching a More Expansive View of Women’s Suffrage

    On the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment, educators can use the stories of female activists during Freedom Summer to teach about women’s suffrage.
  • Inquiry-Based Tasks in Social Studies

    Assignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.
  • The Bill of Rights Through the Lens of Dystopian Tales

    One teacher offers a guide to help students compare the freedoms lost in dystopian novels with the freedoms secured by the Bill of Rights.
  • Using Sound Texts in Antiracist Teaching

    Speeches, music, podcasts, and interviews can be highly engaging, accessible elements of antiracist lessons.
  • An Engaging Word Game Helps Students Grasp Implicit Bias

    A simple fill-in-the-blank exercise helped students understand the power of words and the way they might convey unspoken beliefs.
  • Teaching African History and Cultures Across the Curriculum

    Africa is much more than pyramids, slavery, and colonialism, and incorporating deeper study of the continent has many benefits for students.

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