Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in the social sciences.
Culturally Responsive Teaching Favors Depth Over BreadthA few ideas for history teachers seeking to add teaching resources that reflect the diversity of their students’ lives and backgrounds.263
How to Teach Black Resistance Beyond Black History MonthHigh school students can learn about Black Americans’ fight against social and political oppression throughout the school year.
Teaching Black History Beyond Bondage—All Year LongBy 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.205
Grappling With AI Writing Technologies in the ClassroomChatGPT and other AI tools complicate how teachers think about student writing and how they teach academic integrity.553
Connecting Black History to JoyBlack History Month isn’t only about pain—it can be a full-fledged celebration of accomplishments that have shaped America.504
Sharing the Meaning of Ramadan With StudentsThe 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.264
Teaching Historiography in Middle and High SchoolThis 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.341
Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic CircleStudents deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.12.2k
Using Films to Explore Social Justice IssuesLesson plans for Ava DuVernay’s films and television series guide students to explore social justice issues in the classroom.244
Inquiry-Based Tasks in Social StudiesAssignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.10.1k
Culturally Responsive Ways to Teach the History of ThanksgivingThese resources can help middle and high school students learn about the first Thanksgiving and Native Americans today.922
‘Reading’ Films as TextHere 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.254
Creating a PBL Unit Based on Local History in Elementary SchoolHere’s a framework for a project-based learning unit that guides upper elementary students to develop a rich understanding of local history.499
Extending Black History Lessons Beyond FebruaryBlack history lessons shouldn’t stop once February ends—Black Americans' contributions to society can be highlighted year round.167
Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based LearningA 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.4.7k