Students across the US have been honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in recent days and today, the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Students from Missouri and Oklahoma are among those who have reflected upon King's activism and legacy, while 40 high-schoolers from Illinois recently traveled to Memphis, where the civil rights leader was shot to death in 1968.
A thoughtful study of the Holocaust must include data and personal accounts to humanize the history and give students historical context, writes 8th-grade history teacher Lauren Brown. In this blog post, Brown shares how a logos/pathos prompt combined with ethos to help students analyze historical events can help teachers create meaningful history lessons.
Social Studies Resources Help Diverse Learners Succeed Text pairs, leveled books, and Reader's Theater scripts enable K-8 students at a range of reading levels to access complex Social Studies content and respond with evidence-based answers. Engaging material is combined with text-dependent questions and explicit support for improving the comprehension of informational text and Social Studies topics. FREE sampler.
Participants in NYC Men Teach receive teacher training and other professional development to help increase the number of male educators working in New York City. The initiative is part of an effort to recruit and retain 1,000 additional men of color to teach in the city's public schools.
Research projects need not be represented in an essay, according to Angie Miller, a middle- and high-school teacher-librarian in New Hampshire. In this article, Miller offers eight alternatives to the traditional essay, including podcasts, infographics and "TED-ish Talks."
Building on pilot programs in North Carolina and South Carolina, Google is expanding its free Rolling Study Halls program to 12 states. The program -- geared toward rural areas -- provides internet access and Chromebooks on school buses.
Seventh-grade girls from two Kentucky school districts sought advice from a panel of professional businesswomen on starting a business. The daylong event on entrepreneurship included talking to the panel of experts about their business ideas and watching a documentary about five female entrepreneurs.
Fifth- and sixth-grade students at a California school used their math and design skills to create scale models of tiny homes for those in the community with special needs. Students plan to create full-scale models and then lobby county officials to include the projects in official housing plans.
NCSS provides the professional network and teaching resources to keep social studies a valued and vital part of the nation's education agenda. Become a member today and join us in standing up for social studies. All members receive a choice of award-winning journals and access to our online library of resources. Members also receive discounts on NCSS publications, conferences, workshops and professional development webinars. Learn more.
Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society
Enhance the school year by applying for a Rho Kappa charter. Rho Kappa is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. Any accredited public or private high school can apply for a local chapter, through which individuals will be inducted into Rho Kappa Honor Society. Rho Kappa provides national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the social studies. Learn more or apply for a charter.