Resources Specific to Social Studies
Social Studies Teaching Methods
- The Paideia Seminar
- Paideia embodies an educational approach that prepares students to participate fully in a democratic society over the course of their entire lives.
- Socratic Method
- This article explains the history and theory of the Socratic method of teaching, which emphasizes teacher-student dialogue. The article offers suggestions for creating Socratic circles and Socratic seminars and provides resources for further reading.
- Inside-outside Circle
- During inside-outside circle, students either sit or stand facing each other in two concentric circles and discuss a classroom topic.
- Three-step Interview
- Three-step interview is an alternative strategy for fostering group discussion.
Reading Primary Sources
- Teaching with Primary Sources
- A series of articles about teaching with primary sources.
Writing in the Social Studies curriculum
- Rethinking Reports
- A little creativity can make research a rewarding learning experience for students and teachers alike.
Teaching about maps
- Map Skills and Higher-Order Thinking
- This series of articles looks at map skills as a kind of visual literacy, considering what maps are, how they’re made, and the higher-order thinking skills students need to move from simply decoding maps to fully comprehending them.
- Oral History in the Classroom
- Oral history lets students learn about history from the people who lived it. This series of articles will show you how to bring oral history into your classroom, whatever grade you teach.
Interdisciplinary Approach to History
- Where English and History Meet: A Collaboration Guide
- An article discussing the advantages of teaching English and history in concert.
Teaching World Cultures
- Teaching World Cultures
- This article presents some general guidelines and specific strategies for global teaching.