The result of a three year state-led collaborative effort, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards was developed to serve two audiences: for states to upgrade their state social studies standards and for practitioners — local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers — to strengthen their social studies programs. Its objectives are to: a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines; b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.
Using the LDC Core Tools Library, you can find and teach hundreds of nationally vetted, teacher-created assignments. You can also tweak, adapt, or design standards-driven assignments in the online design space. Our double-blind review process, developed in partnership with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) at Stanford University, ensures that our vetted assignments meet national demands for rigor, disciplinary content, and intellectual engagement.
More than 100 free Reading Like a Historian lessons are available, in addition to Beyond the Bubble History Assessments, and Civic Online Reasoning Assessments.
Two areas provide a wealth of resources for teachers’ needs. The Collection servers a an archive of American History. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American History, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letter from World War II and Vietnam. History Now adds new content regularly, including Online Exhibitions, Videos, lesson plans, and issues of the online journal History Now, which features essays by leading scholars on major topics in American History.
iCivics exists to engage students in meaningful civic learning. This site provides for teachers well-written, inventive, and free resources that enhance their practice and inspire their classrooms.
The mission of this site is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Courses include: Worlds Collide (1491-16007); Colonial America (1607-1754); The Road to Revolution (1754-1800); The Early Republic (1800-1848); The Civil War Era (1844-1877); The Gilded Age (1865-1898); Rise to World Power (1890-1945); The Post-War Era (1945-1980); The Modern Era (1980-Present); Surveys of History
Introduce your middle- and high-school students to a supercharged social studies curriculum. Big History Project is a free, online,
and totally awesome social studies course that puts skills development and student engagement first.
Bell Ringers, lesson plans, and much more all using cable to enhance your teaching.
SHOWS: Watch insightful video investigation on the pressing issues of our time. SKILL-BUILDERS: Adapt skill-based lesson modules for your classroom. DEBATES: See the arguments, vote for a winner, and add your own points.
Find student-centered teaching strategies to strengthen your students’ literacy skills, nurture critical thinking, and create a respectful classroom climate.
You can implement these strategies with any academic content.