Secondary Social Studies Resources

Tools for Teaching and Leading


NCSS Highlights 2017

Media literacy was a major focus of many sessions. Many resources were provided to assist educators as they navigate the new "post truth" environment in media platforms.
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Engage Your Students with a Social Studies Breakout

Chuck Taft with the University School of Milwaukee presents Breakout strategies for Social Studies.

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National Archives Student Source Analysis Tool

Student use this tool to record responses to a primary source.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts and main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

Story Corps-A Must Have Resource

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. We are also creating an invaluable archive for future generations.


*FREE educational videos designed to promote critical thinking skills and respectful debate among students. *Includes full teacher's guides that include free worksheets, lesson ideas, discussion questions, graded online quizzes, and more.


A collection of quotations commonly misattributed to Thomas Jefferson.

Newseum-A Favorite Resource

Looking for free resources on fighting fake news and developing your students' media literacy skills? Here are some highlights from our activities, lessons, case studies and guest blog posts.

Beginning Inquiry by Tina Haefner

NCSS President presentation materials and resources shared during the conference

Compelling Curricular Change

Social Studies Specialists in Washington County, MD created a district-wide curriculum framework designed to incorporate content and skills at each grade level. The presentation explained the process.

TCSS Fall 2017-under construction

Citizen Bee

Presented by LRE

TSSSA Spring 2017

Engaging sessions with speakers focusing in student engagement and inquiry.

NCSS 2016 Resources

Washington, D.C.

I had the pleasure and privilege of presenting at the National Conference with Lauren Vereen and Brittany Fannon. We also attended insightful sessions!

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Presentation with Lauren and Brittany

Bienvenida! Social Studies Inquiry for ELLs

TSSSA and TCSS 2016 Resources

This conference provided many strategies and resources from phenomenal presenters.

Under Construction-8th Grade STAAR Review, Jenny Gaona, Region 17 ESC

Don't Tell Them They're Working-Using Technology in Social Studies, Jenny Gaona, Region 17 ESC for interactive map activities

Planning for Rigor in Pre-AP Social Studies, Christine Thompson, Academic Coach, Watauga MS, Birdsville ISD

Student Resources-Shared at TCSS 2016

Kids Create/Student Work:

GooseChase- scavenger hunt app






ChatterPix- App for Apple

Vine- App for Apple

Vine-App for Android

Autorap by Smule- App for Apple

Autorap by Smule- App for Android

Sock Puppets- App for Apple

Blabberize- Web 2.0

Thinkglink- App for Apple

Aurasma- Web 2.0

Collaboration-Shared at TCSS


  • Allows people to upload text, images, URLS's, and videos
  • There is now an app!

Today's Meet

  • Back Channel for conversations during lectures, videos, and group work.


  • Copy and paste documents and have students interact with the content using the highlighter tool.

Additional Tools-Shared at TCSS

Kahoot it

Socrative- use with phones/iPads/computers

Poll Everywhere- use with phones/iPads/computers

Kaizena- allows you to have electronic conversations with your students

Social Studies Smore Resources

This Week in History

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NCSS 2016 in Washington, DC

More Pics from TCSS 2016 in Corpus Christ, Texas

Great sessions that focused on engagement and inquiry.