Social Studies

Articles: Social Studies

Social studies teachers are using controversial news events to drive part of the curriculum in today’s classrooms. Above, an educator at last year’s annual conference discusses the importance of primary sources, such as artifacts, diaries and newspapers, to bring history alive in elementary schools.
Monica Rhor
Current events teach critical thinking and the ability to debate
An image from  Rourke Educational Media's "Symbols of Freedom."
Ariana Rawls Fine
Focus on current events, immersion and business simulations added to curriculums
Students from District of Columbia Public Schools learn photography skills to draw attention to changes needed in their community.
Alison DeNisco
Critical Exposure, a nonprofit after-school program, trains D.C. students to better their communities
Louisiana students will be learning more about the Battle of New Orleans, the final major battle in the War of 1812, this school year.
Lauren Williams
The Battle of New Orleans is the third state history-related curriculum released since 2010

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