This Is How We Can Teach the True African American Experience

History/social studies teachers know they have to cover, at some point, Africa in world history courses and the African American experience in U.S. history courses. Here is a much abbreviated version of the California content standards related to Africa and the African American experience.

Note: Since we don't have time to analyze all the varied state standards, we'll use California as an example for the purposes of this article.

How to Introduce Inquiry into Social Studies

December 11, 2017 By Dixie Massey

What is inquiry?

How to Design Your Own Thematic, Document-Based History Units

November 18, 2017 By Rosalie Metro

More and more often, history teachers are being asked to structure their curricula thematically as opposed to chronologically, in hopes of increasing student engagement and facilitating comparison among multiple perspectives.

Question Everything: Teach about Map Bias

November 14, 2017 By Anda Schmid

Here you see two examples of map projections of our incredible world. It won’t take the average student long to notice that these two maps are significantly different from one another.

7 Reasons Social Studies Teachers Should Use Role-Playing Simulations

November 9, 2017 By Richard Di Giacomo

Role-playing simulations are great for retention, comprehension, literacy, and group
decision-making. Here we'll discuss what they are and why they work. 

Use These 10 Elements to Teach Historical Literacy

November 1, 2017 By Ken Klieman

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”  —Kofi Annan

Are You Teaching Social Skills to Help Close the Achievement Gap?

October 19, 2017 By Pam Gothart

Some students from poverty may have gaps in social interaction which worsen the
achievement gap.

3 Ways to Help Close the Achievement Gap with Problem-Solving Skills

October 11, 2017 By Pam Gothart

Students from poverty often come to school with fewer problem-solving skills than peers.

Lori Wenzinger Wins the Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Teaching Award of Excellence

October 11, 2017 By Caitlyn Robbins

There couldnt be a more meaningful time to recognize the work of Lori Wenzinger (center), recipient of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Teaching Award of Excellence.