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Social Studies/History

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

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  • Culturally Responsive Teaching Favors Depth Over Breadth

    A few ideas for history teachers seeking to add teaching resources that reflect the diversity of their students’ lives and backgrounds.
    David Cutler
  • How to Teach Black Resistance Beyond Black History Month

    High school students can learn about Black Americans’ fight against social and political oppression throughout the school year.
  • Teaching Black History Beyond Bondage—All Year Long

    By studying the rich history of West Africa, stories of resistance to oppression, and the contributions of the African diaspora, students can develop a complex understanding of Black history.
  • Grappling With AI Writing Technologies in the Classroom

    ChatGPT and other AI tools complicate how teachers think about student writing and how they teach academic integrity.
  • Connecting Black History to Joy

    Black History Month isn’t only about pain—it can be a full-fledged celebration of accomplishments that have shaped America.
  • Sharing the Meaning of Ramadan With Students

    The author, who worked as a teacher in the Middle East, shares ideas and activities for teaching about Ramadan that will engage upper elementary and middle school learners.
  • Teaching Historiography in Middle and High School

    This teacher asked his students what they didn’t like about textbooks and used their responses as a way to have them engage in close reading of primary sources.
  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
  • Using Films to Explore Social Justice Issues

    Lesson plans for Ava DuVernay’s films and television series guide students to explore social justice issues in the classroom.
  • 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.
  • Culturally Responsive Ways to Teach the History of Thanksgiving

    These resources can help middle and high school students learn about the first Thanksgiving and Native Americans today.
  • ‘Reading’ Films as Text

    Here are a few ways middle school teachers use films in literature lessons to help students learn to delve deeper into the texts they’re reading.
  • Creating a PBL Unit Based on Local History in Elementary School

    Here’s a framework for a project-based learning unit that guides upper elementary students to develop a rich understanding of local history.
  • Extending Black History Lessons Beyond February

    Black history lessons shouldn’t stop once February ends—Black Americans' contributions to society can be highlighted year round.
  • Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    A new study shows that when implemented well, AP courses built around project-based learning can raise test scores for all students, including those in traditionally underserved demographics.

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