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3 Novels to Read with Middle School Students in Social Studies

May 30, 2018 By Jessica Hayes

When I first started teaching history, it was difficult for me to incorporate reading passages in a productive and interesting way. I remember looking at a section in my textbook and thinking “how can I keep my students on task when I can barely concentrate on this stuff?”

Connect European Imperialism to Your Students' Lives via the Quinceanera and Cinco de Mayo

Author's mother, Addy Yolanda López de Moguel, quinceañera, 1961, Mérida, Yucatán, México.

It is time for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations again. This minor Mexican holiday has been relegated to being  a regional American beer holiday, but it can also provide some teaching opportunities for your classroom.

Activities to Get Students to Do the Reading in Social Studies

Students not doing the reading assigned for homework seems to be an eternal challenge for every teacher.  Failure to do the reading stunts classroom discussions, prevents students from learning and understanding the material to an adequate depth, and does nothing to help students build literacy skills.

Three Easy Immersive Activities to Teach Ancient History

March 23, 2018 By Jessica Hayes

Let’s face it, ancient history isn’t the easiest subject to get middle and high school students excited about. 

Help Students Explore How Puritanism Shaped the U.S. Government

I have wondered, especially this past year, why many Americans dislike their government because they think it intrudes on their freedom, and why many Mexicans and Latin Americans mistrust their governments because they think they are corrupt and abuse their power. How did both societies come to have those specific relationships between the individual and government?

Give Students A Fresh Perspective on Government: How Catholicism Shaped Latin American Regimes

This article covers the influence of Catholicism in shaping the form and philosophy of government in Latin America, affecting how Latino students and their families think and feel about government. Tapping into that prior knowledge and experience, and prompting students to seek these connections between history, government, and their personal lives and cultural backgrounds is a unique and powerful way to engage and sustain the interest of young students.

How Hispanic and Latino Students Can See More of Themselves in the Current Social Studies Curriculum

It’s not a stretch to say that Hispanic/Latino students have an ancestral background in the subjects we teach.

Teaching for Complex Thinking: Depth of Knowledge

January 30, 2018 By Dr. Aaron Willis
How do educators create the ideal mix of content coverage while at the same time training students to think and analyze novel situations? 

7 Tips for Tackling Controversial Topics in Social Studies

January 4, 2018 By Michael Hutchison

A few years ago, I got caught up in a controversy that changed the way I teach. 

8 Close-Reading Strategies to Develop Literacy Skills in Social Studies

January 3, 2018 By Dr. Aaron Willis

 I have the privilege of working with teachers across the country and I often hear the refrain that too many students are just not reading on level.