Resources for History Social Studies Teachers

Each of these links give more resources than I can possibly list on this site including organizations that serve the four core branches of social studies as defined by the C3 Framework:  history, geography, civic education, and economics.  Traditional social studies included more areas than the four core including: psychology, sociology, religious studies, to name a few.Underground Gardens, Fresno

  • National Council for the Social Studies – the umbrella organization to which the states affiliate. They publish journals and document such as the C3 Framework.  The C3 Framework guides framework and standards development within many State Departments of Education.  NCSS links to all state affiliated councils on this site so you can find one near you.
  • California Council for the Social Studies.  CCSS offers the most comprehensive annual social studies conference in the state.  The professional organization also publishes an annual journal and 7 newsletters per year.  Professional development opportunities arise from serving in the state committees, task forces, board of directors and within local organizations.  CCSS maintains an interactive social media presence through two Facebook groups, their page, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest disseminating up-to-date information and promoting dialogue between educators.
  • San Joaquin Valley Council for the Social Studies (SJVCSS).  This affiliated local organization provides resources for local teachers including:  local study trips, recognition of excellent social studies professionals.  SJVCSS also provides information and opportunities for interaction through their website and social media including:  Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn .
  • Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies These websites are links to the organizations that help educators in the four core areas of social studies:  history, geography, economics, and civic education.
  • Tulare County Historical Society has links to all the museums in Tulare Counties.  I loved that my parents and grandparents took us to many museums in Indiana when we were kids.
  • Teaching Strategy Handouts that work well for integrating Common Core Standards into Social Studies – email me for a list or explanation of individual strategies

My Personal Library of Instructional Resources for Teaching History Social Studies

Building Literacy in Social Studies, Donna Ogle, Ron Klemp, Bill McBride
College, Career & Civic Life C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History, NCSS
Doing History: Investigating with Children in Elementary and Middle Schools, Linda Levstik, Keith Barton
Essentials of Elementary Social Studies, Thomas N. Turner
Eyewitness to the Past: Strategies for Teaching American History in Grades 5-12, Joan Brodsky Schur
Historical Empathy and Perspective Taking in the Social Studies, Davis, Yaeger, and Foster
Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past, Sam Wineburg
History Blueprint: The Civil War, California History-Social Science Project – UC Davis
In Search of America’s Past, Bruce Van Sledright
Knowing Teaching and Learning History: National and International Perspectives, Peter Stearns, Peter Seixas, Sam Wineburg
Reading Like a Historian: Teaching Literacy in Middle and High School History Classrooms, Sam Wineburg, Daisy Martin and Chauncey Monte-Sano
Selected Case Studies in American History Volume 1, Gardner Beery, Olson
Selected Case Studies in American History Volume 2, Gardner, Beery, Olson, Rood
Social Studies Can Be SPECtacular: and six more strategies for activating critical thinking and historical inquiry, Anthony J. Fitzpatrick
Teach Like a Pirate, Dave Burgess
Teaching History for the Common Good, Keith Barton, Linda Levstik
Teaching Reading in Social Studies: A Supplement to Teaching Reading in the Content Areas Teacher’s Manual, Jane K Doty, Gregory N. Cameron, Mary Lee Barton
Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: If Not Me, Then Who?, Rahcel Billmeyer, Ph.D, Mary Lee Barton, M.Ed
The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life: Roy Rosenzweig, David Thelen
Thinking Like a Historian: Rethinking History Instruction, A Framework to Enhance and Improve Teaching and Learning, Nikki Mandel, Bobbie Malone
Why Won’t You Just Tell Us the Answer: Teaching Historical Thinking in Grades 7-12, Burce A. Lesh – content book also needed – The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner’s Fierce Rebellion, Stephen B. Oates

Contact me for handouts of strategies.


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