Social Studies Scoop

A Monthly Bulletin for 6-12 Social Studies Teachers in CCS

Preparing students for success in college, career, and civic life

Matthew I. Doran

Secondary Social Studies Specialist

Office of Teaching & Learning

Curriculum Division

Southland Center

October 2019

In this edition:

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies Teaching and Learning Strategies Page
  • Curriculum and Instruction: New Teacher Clarity Planning Docs
  • Ohio's State Tests: Edulastic and Clever Sync
  • Student Programs: Voter Registration - October 7 Deadline
  • Student Programs: High School Debate Winter Tournament - December 6
  • Students Programs: History Day is Not Just a Day; It's an Experience
  • Professional Development: Middle School Content Experts PD
  • Professional Development: Webinars from the National Archives


Social Studies Teaching and Learning Strategies Page

The Social Studies Teaching and Learning Strategies page includes an annotated bibliography with web links to 50 teaching and learning strategies, organized into five categories:

  • Entrance and Exit Tickets;
  • Evidence-Based Argumentation;
  • Historical Concepts and Events;
  • Social Studies Skills and Primary Sources; and
  • Discussion and Deliberation.

Most of the strategies have broad applicability, and can be used for units throughout all social studies courses. These strategies can be used for individual lesson planning, or team-planning in conjunction with Teacher-Based Teams and the Ohio Improvement Process.

In addition to teaching strategies, this page includes a list of teacher resource websites that offer free lessons and teaching materials.

Access the page directly here:


New Teacher Clarity Planning Docs

CCS is now in year 2 of intensive focus on Teacher Clarity. This framework builds on our existing work with the Clear Learning Targets. Although we have Clear Learning Targets in place for all courses, there is still plenty of opportunity for individuals and teacher teams to unpack standards and build learning paths. The document template below is designed to help teachers with this process. The first document shows a sample complete document, using a standard from Grade 8. The second document gives a blank template for planning.

Click on the image to download the sample document in PDF.

Click on the image to open a template in Google Docs.


Edulastic Sync with Clever

In the September newsletter, we highlighted a collection of Edulastic assessments aligned with the CCS units for American History and American Government. You can access these assessments here.

To facilitate use of Edulastic, it is now integrated with CCS Clever. Your classes are automatically rostered. See the memo below for more details.


Voter Registration

Students who are U.S. citizens and were born on or before November 5, 2001 may register to vote. The deadline for registration for the November general election is October 7, 2019. Please check your class rosters in Infinite Campus to identify students who may be eligible to register. You can also consider other ways reaching eligible students, such as an information table in the cafeteria during lunch periods, and/or posters and flyers to distribute.

There are two ways to register, online and paper application. To register online, go to: Online registration requires an Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number. Paper applications can also be accessed from the same site. Mail paper applications to:

Franklin County Board of Elections

PO BOX 183218

Columbus OH 43218-3218


High School Debate Winter Tournament

CCS offers Policy Debate at the middle and high school levels. The middle school program is coordinated by the Gifted & Talented Department. The high school program began in 2017, under the organization of the Secondary Curriculum ELA and Social Studies Departments. Both programs are supported by Capital University's debate program and coach.

Here are the details for this year's High School Debate.

Debate Resolution - Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities should not consider standardized tests in undergraduate admissions decisions.

Debate Type: Policy - This is a two-on-two debate that focuses on a policy question that hones a student’s research, analytical, and delivery skills. Policy debate involves the proposal of a plan by the affirmative team to enact a policy, while the negative team offers reasons to reject that proposal and stay with the status quo. Throughout the debate, students give constructive and rebuttal speeches and have the opportunity to cross-examine one another. Each Constructive speech is 8 minutes. Each Cross Examination is 3 minutes. Each Rebuttal is 5 minutes. Each team has 5 minutes of prep time that can be used during the debate. A judge or panel of judges determines the winner based on the arguments presented.

Debate Teams: Debate teams are made of two students. Those students prepare to debate both the affirmative and negative sides of the debate resolution. On the day of the debate, each two-person team will be told which side (affirmative or negative) they will be debating during each of the three rounds. Each school can bring up to five teams (10 students).

Date: Friday, December 6th from 8:30am-1pm. Team Check-ins from 8-8:30am; Tournament from 8:30am-12:30pm (three rounds: 8:30-9:44, 9:50-11:04am, and 11:10am-12:24pm); Award Ceremony from 12:45-1pm.

Location: Capital University, Ruff Learning Center, 631 Pleasant Ridge, Bexley, OH 43209

Registration and Resources: Click HERE to access the debate folder with registration form and numerous resources for preparing your students to be great debaters. Be sure to register your school NOW even if you don’t yet know the names of students on your teams. That can be added later. The deadline for having all your names added is November 25th.

Debate Resource Folder:


History Day is Not Just a Day; It's an Experience

Ohio History Day is a free social studies program that meets Ohio’s Learning Standards and engages students in a dynamic, creative, and rigorous learning process along the way. Students conduct historical research that leads to imaginative exhibits, documentaries, original performances, websites and scholarly papers. National History Day reinforces classroom teaching by rewarding students of all abilities for their scholarship, individual initiative and cooperative learning.

This year's History Day theme is: Breaking Barriers in History. You can view the theme webinar below.

The Region 6 contest will be held on February 29, 2020. The registration deadline in February 7.

The CCS Curriculum Division encourages all middle and high schools to consider having students take part in History Day. Please let Matt Doran know if you plan to participate and let us know how our office can support this endeavor.

For more information about Ohio History Day, go to:

2020 Theme Webinar: Breaking Barriers


Middle School Content Experts PD

The Middle School Content Experts professional development program provides an opportunity for teachers to strengthen their Pedagogical Content Knowledge.

This year's program began in September, with sessions taking place every other month. Meetings are held on Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Southland Center, 3700 S. High Street. Remaining dates for the year:

  • November 19, 2019
  • January 14, 2020 (combined with HS Department Chairs)
  • March 17, 2020
  • May 19, 2020

This year, the sessions are focused on Dimension 2 of the C3 Framework: Disciplinary Concepts and Tools, with an emphasis on assessing disciplinary thinking skills. In session 1, we explored various types of skills assessments, including weighted multiple choice, performance task, and Beyond the Bubble HATs. We also laid the foundation of understanding Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and its relationship to assessment tasks. Finally, the session wrapped up with a game of Historical Interpretations Battleship, focused on the questions: How radical and how successful was the American Revolution?


Webinars from the National Archives

The National Archives offers free webinars for teachers. See the information below for upcoming events.

An Introduction to DocsTeach

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7 p.m. ET

Register today

Join us for an introduction to, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives. Discover how to find primary sources for teaching history and civics topics. Explore the 12 different document-based activity tools and learn how, with a free DocsTeach account, you can create your own activities or modify existing activities to share with your students. This webinar is suitable for all educators.

Native Communities and the Vote: Teaching about American Indian Voting Rights through Documents

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7 p.m. ET

Register today

Join us and learn how to incorporate primary sources related to American Indian voting rights into your lesson plans. We will share activities and resources from the National Archives, and explore how to include discussions of evolving rights over time as relating to Native Communities and the right to participate in federal elections.

This webinar is part of our Native American professional development series. Each program features new resources for locating and using Federal records related to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Teaching the Bill of Rights

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 7 p.m. ET

Register today

Get ready for Bill of Rights Day (December 15) by exploring resources from the National Archives for teaching the Bill of Rights in your classroom. Discover primary sources that show the Bill of Rights in Action on, check out lesson plans and the Congress Creates the Bill of Rights app from the Center for Legislative Archives, and learn about our free distance learning programs on the Bill of Rights. This webinar is suitable for all educators.