Back to School: Social Studies


With the start of the new school year, you may be looking for ways to ease students back into social studies. Here are a few ways that Curriculum Pathways can help.

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Identifying Countries Using Mnemonics and the Interactive Atlas

Start the school year with a geography review. It's a good check of prior knowledge and an important building block for any social studies course. Students can use the Interactive Atlas to review continents, countries, and waterways. They can then use one of the many content-based lessons like Identifying Countries Using Mnemonics, which helps students practice relative locations of countries through mnemonic devices. And don't miss Geography: Five Themes!

Using the Interactive Atlas, students can view maps that identify location and place, choose features from the human or physical environment to view, generate customized maps, and use draw tools to add information.

The Declaration of Independence

This is a good resource to kick off  U.S. History, particularly for courses that begin with a review of the founding documents. This resource provides tools for students to analyze the specific grievances against King George III and compose some angry texts of their own.

Students use this resource to interpret the American colonists' grievances against King George III. They examine the abuses of King George III as detailed in the Declaration of Independence, and evaluate the colonists' charges against the him.

Explore! Primary Sources

Speaking of founding documents... take a look at this repository of over 250 primary source documents. And remember it is never too soon for K-5 students to read and listen to an audio recording of the Pledge of Allegiance or to consider the historical context and answer online comprehension questions as they explore the patriotic images Emma Lazarus created in her poem, "The New Colossus."

All of the resources in Explore! Primary Sources include a brief historical context, suggested focus, and online comprehension questions accompany the primary source.

Nile Kingdoms: Kush and Axum

World History students will love this interactive historical narrative exploring how early civilizations developed along the Nile River, and why their history in danger. It is part of a series of Turning Points in U.S. History and Turning Points in World History that you can incorporate into your curriculum throughout the school year.

Many resources include interactive geography activities, such as this map of the Nile River.

Freedom of Speech in School

This engaging resource builds student interest in civics and history; it also helps them analyze primary-source documents. Students explore the First Amendment and the Supreme Court's ruling in Tinker vs. Des Moines to answer this question: Should students be allowed to display the Confederate flag in school? If you like this case study approach you can use the Document Analyzer series in U.S. History, World History, and Civics throughout the year.

Using this interactive tool, students explore the historical record, take a position, and defend it with evidence from primary-source documents.

Want more?

Did you know we have over 600 social studies resources available at no cost, including many on elections and voting, along with a repository of primary sources? From the Aztecs to the Vietnam War, we've got you covered.


About Author

Molly Farrow

Molly Farrow taught high school history for 11 years in Wake County and Durham County. She also taught at the Taipei American School in Taiwan. She received a M.A.T. degree from the University of North Carolina and a B.S. degree in Political Science from Wake Forest University. Outside work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and their dog, Dante.

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