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Social Studies in Action: A Teaching Practices Library, K-12

Introduction to the Video Library

This program presents the purpose of the Social Studies in Action video library. It introduces all the components of the library, explains the goals of NCSS, and presents examples of classroom lessons throughout the library. This program also addresses a variety of ways in which the library can be used for enhancing the curriculum, teacher reflection, and best practices for teaching.

Additional Resources for Teaching Social Studies

Print Resources

Brandt, Ron. “On Educating for Diversity: A Conversation with James A. Banks.” Educational Leadership 51, no. 8 (1994).

Braun, Joseph A., Jr., and C. Frederick Risinger, eds. Surfing Social Studies: The Internet Book. National Council for the Social Studies Bulletin 96, Washington, D.C.,1999.

Elias, Maurice J., et al. Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators. Alexandria, Va.,: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1997.

Evans, Ronald W., and David Warren Saxe, eds. Handbook on Teaching Social Issues. National Council for the Social Studies Bulletin 93. Washington, D.C.: National Council for the Social Studies, 1996.

Gardner, Howard. Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. 10th Anniversary ed. New York: Basic Books, 1993.

Gardner, Howard, Mindy L. Kornhaber, and Warren K. Wake. Intelligence: Multiple Perspectives. New York: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1997.

Gordon, David T., ed. The Digital Classroom: How Technology Is Changing the Way We Teach and Learn. Cambridge: Harvard Education Letter, 2000.

Hyerle, David. Visual Tools for Constructing Knowledge. Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1996.

Irvin, Judith L., John P. Lunstrum, Carol Lynch-Brown, and Mary Friend Shepard. Enhancing Social Studies Through Literacy Strategies. National Council for the Social Studies Bulletin 91. Washington, D.C.: National Council for the Social Studies, 1995.

Joyce, Bruce R., Marsha Weil, and Emily Calhoun. Models of Teaching. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2000.

McBee, Robin Haskell. “Can Controversial Topics Be Taught in the Early Grades? The Answer Is Yes!” Social Education 60, no.1 (1995).

Miller, Barbara. Preparing Citizens: Linking Authentic Assessment and Instruction in Civic/Law-Related Education. Boulder, Colo.: Social Science Education Consortium, 1997.

Otten, Evelyn Holt. “Using Primary Sources in the Primary Grades.” ERIC Digest no. ED419773 (1998).

Strangor, Charles, ed. Stereotypes and Prejudices: Essential Readings. Key Readings in Social Psychology. Philadelphia, Pa.: Psychology Press, 2000.

Tomlinson, Carol Ann. The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners. Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1999

Web Sites

American Memory Collection
This Library of Congress site offers primary source material on American history from its Historical Collections at the National Digital Library.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
The ASCD site offers multimedia products and curriculum ideas, as well as a reading room and news updates.

The Coalition of Essential Schools
This site examines the common principles CES advocates to create a model school community.

Educational Resources Information Center
ERIC is an extensive information center with one of the largest education databases in the world, supported by the U.S. Department of Education.

ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies and Social Sciences
On the ERIC/ChESS site, teachers can access ERIC publications, databases, and links to further resources.

The Gallup Organization
On this site, the Poll News Service and Management Solutions section offers guidelines to polling, surveying, and citing materials in the classroom.

The International Society for Technology in Education
This site is devoted to ISTE’s ongoing initiative of defining technology standards for teachers and students.

Internet Public Library
The IPL provides an extensive resource guide, categorized by subject, to reference material on the Web.

The Legal Information Institute
LII provides U.S. Code material to be used as primary sources in research and education.

The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress site provides access to one of the largest libraries in the world, as well as links to other branches of federal government.

Geared towards teachers, this site offers step-by-step information on setting up and maintaining a multiage classroom.

National Council on Economic Education
NCEE’s site is a comprehensive resource for economic education, with links to national standards, lessons, and state councils on economics.

National Council for the Social Studies
The NCSS site offers an array of social studies resources, including national standards information, professional development opportunities, and publications.

The Social Studies Education Consortium
This site promotes the historical and social sciences through lesson plans, research projects, and publications.

Social Studies Standards and Curriculum
Provided by ERIC/ChESS, this site gives links to state standards for civics, economics, geography, history, and psychology.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
The NARA site provides access to federal records and primary documents for teaching and research purposes.

United Nations
The UN site provides statistical information on nations around the world, as well as current publications and services.

United States Immigration and Naturalization Service
The official INS site releases news updates and publishes articles on the current state of immigration in the U.S.

United States Supreme Court Multimedia Database
Created as Northwestern University’s Oyez Project, this site gives virtual tours of the Court and examples of significant cases throughout U.S. history.