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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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  • Teaching Afrofuturism in and Beyond Black History Month

    Discussing the literary and cultural movement allows teachers to center Black joy and facilitate conversations about identity and culture.
    Brady Smith
  • 7 Digital Tools That Help Bring History to Life

    Challenging games, fun projects, and a healthy dose of AI tools round out our top picks for breathing new life into history lessons.
  • When Black History Meets Women’s History

    Recognizing overlapping identities in different heritage months allows students to examine the complexity of the human experience.
  • The Value of Essential Questions in ELA and Social Studies

    Middle school teachers can weave essential questions through course units to help students connect prior knowledge with new content.
  • Integrating Social Studies in Elementary School Lessons

    With school days so packed, these strategies help teachers integrate social studies concepts and skills across the curriculum.
  • Celebrating Africa as a Part of Black History

    These resources help teachers tell a fuller story of Africa as part of American history, addressing common distortions and omissions.
  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
  • 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.
  • How Living History Projects Build Wisdom, Understanding, and Listening Skills

    StoryCorps interviews with grandparents and community elders can bridge divides and build the kinds of listening and communication skills our students need to thrive.
  • Using Breakout Seminars in High School to Encourage Critical Thinking

    An interactive learning experience rooted in open communication helps students collaboratively explore new concepts.
  • Project-Based Learning: Raising Student Achievement for All Learners

    Researchers in Michigan showed that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading—see how they did it in this video.
  • 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.
  • 6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

    The Common Core Learning Standards describe the importance of teaching students how to comprehend informational text. Primary source documents are artifacts created by individuals during a particular period in history. This could be a letter, speech, photograph or journal entry. If you're looking to integrate social studies into your literacy block, try out one of these resources for primary source documents.
  • Exploring Social Justice Issues Through PBL

    The open-ended work in project-based learning can help students explore issues that matter to them.
  • Talking Politics: Valuing Different Perspectives

    Students learn how to share and listen to opposing beliefs with empathy.

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