The Social Studies Connection

A Newsletter for Secondary Social Studies Teachers in CCS

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

If you missed last month's edition of the Social Studies Connection, click here.

Matthew I. Doran

Secondary Social Studies Specialist

Office of Teaching & Learning

Curriculum Division

Southland Center

April/May 2021

In this edition:

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Textbook Adoption Committee Work Completed
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies 6 Curriculum Organization Survey
  • Curriculum and Instruction: High School Social Studies Academic Electives for 2021-2022
  • Hybrid Learning Resources: Financial Literacy Resources
  • Hybrid Learning Resources: Newsela Home Base Fourth Quarter Text Sets
  • Hybrid Learning Resources: Google Drawings Graphic Organizers
  • Hybrid Learning Resources: Social Studies Virtual Learning Padlet of Padlets


Textbook Adoption Committee Work Completed

As you know, this year the District convened a 6-12 Social Studies Textbook Adoption Committee in accordance with the Master Agreement. The committee consisted of six members appointed jointly by CEA and administration, along with social studies coordinator Matt Doran, appointed by administration.

The committee has completed its reviews and selected publishers. Contracts are currently being reviewed and will be submitted for Board approval in May. A public announcement will be made once the Board has approved.

During the summer months, professional development will be provided by the publishers of the newly-adopted resources. This will begin the "activation" phase of our multi-year implementation plan. A calendar of dates will be available later in May.

Thank you to committee members Benjamin Au, Kate Wesley, Caryn Shapiro, Deliana Soto, and Leanne Sunderman for serving diligently in this voluntary capacity amidst the ever-changing school year!


Social Studies 6 Curriculum Organization Survey

As we transition to a new textbook adoption, we have the ability to customize our digital textbook for Social Studies 6. This also gives us the opportunity to re-examine the organization of the units in our curriculum. While there are many different possibilities, there are basically two major organizational structures for Social Studies 6: standard-by-standard or region-by-region. Both approaches include covering the same content and all state standards.

If you are teaching grade 6 (or will be next year), please complete the 1-question survey indicating your preferred structure.


High School Social Studies Academic Electives for 2021-2022

We are excited to offer four new social studies courses to meet the Academic Elective requirement beginning in the 2021-2022 school year. All of these courses will be 1 semester classes for .5 credit.

Course descriptions and Infinite Campus course numbers are below. The IC team will be adding all social studies academic electives to high school course decks, so they do not have to be requested individually.

  • Civic Reasoning (931005) aims to sharpen students’ civic participation and skills through four areas of focus: critical thinking, digital citizenship, civil discourse, and civic action. Students will learn the basics of logical and ethical reasoning, how to evaluate the credibility of printed and digital information, and how to participate constructively in political/civic life. Aligned with the Inquiry Arc of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework, students will: 1) develop questions and plan inquiries; 2) apply disciplinary tools and concepts; 3) evaluate sources and use evidence; and 4) communicate conclusions and take informed action.

  • Cultural Studies (931105) provides students with a study of historical and contemporary global cultures, and examines the multicultural diversity of the United States. This course uses an interdisciplinary approach, weaving together human geography, anthropology, sociology, and world history. Students will examine a variety of sources including artifacts, ethnographies, data sets, and secondary readings. Students will learn to value and respect diverse cultures and points of view, and appreciate how gender, race, ethnicity, and identity contribute to human experiences.

  • Latin American Studies (931115) provides an overview of the history of Latin America and examines the historical and contemporary experiences of Latinx immigrants and their descendants in the United States. Topics of study include indigenous histories and cultures; colonialism; migration; labor markets; identity, race and ethnicity; education and the politics of language; political activism; and media representations and popular culture. Students will learn to value and respect diverse cultures and points of view, and appreciate how gender, race, ethnicity, and identity contribute to human experiences.

  • Women's Studies (931125) is an interdisciplinary examination of the contributions, ideas, experiences, and roles of women in history and contemporary society. Organized thematically, this course examines the position of women and the role of gender in institutions, including economy, education, family, government, and science. Students will learn how women have played active roles in shaping society, and consider how history looks different from the perspectives of women of all races and classes. Students will learn to value and respect diverse cultures and points of view, and appreciate how gender, race, ethnicity, and identity contribute to human experiences.

These new courses will supplement our existing courses in African American Studies (X and Y), Global Issues (X and Y), Economics, Psychology, and Sociology.

Please see the list below for licensure information.


Hybrid Learning Resources

Financial Literacy Resources

To meet requirements for instruction in financial literacy in the state of Ohio, CCS incorporates economics and financial literacy into social studies courses in grades 6-8, HS American History and HS American Government. Although instruction in economics and finance may occur throughout the course, the CCS curriculum maps draw special attention to this topic in the fourth quarter.

Topics to be addressed in financial literacy include:

  • Financial Responsibility and Decision Making;
  • Income and Careers;
  • Planning and Money Management;
  • Consumerism;
  • Investing;
  • Credit/Debt; and
  • Risk Management and Insurance.

While there is no minimum amount of instructional time required, the time allotted should be sufficient enough to address each topic meaningfully.

The following financial literacy resources are available free for CCS classrooms.

Middle School:

  • Practical Money Skills - Students can prepare for the real world with these activities. Lessons include making financial decisions and credit card basics. Materials are available in printable PDFs and PowerPoints, and are best suited for face-to-face classroom instruction.
  • EVERFI Future Smart - The interactive lessons will engage learners in an immersive adventure that translates financial concepts into easy to apply experiences that help students develop strategies for managing future finances. These lessons are fully digital and can be completed on asynchronous learning days. EVERFI will be available through CCS Clever beginning April 19, 2021.

High School:

  • Next Gen Finance - The Unit library includes lessons, interactives, assessments and other resources for engaging students with quality personal finance curriculum. Materials are available in Google Docs for use in hybrid/blended environments.
  • EVERFI Financial Literacy - The interactive lessons in this financial literacy course translate complex financial concepts and help students develop actionable strategies for managing their finances. These lessons are fully digital and can be completed on asynchronous learning days. EVERFI will be available through CCS Clever beginning April 19, 2021.
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Newsela Home Base Fourth Quarter Text Sets

CCS has Newsela subscriptions for social studies for all middle and high schools this year. We have developed a CCS-specific Newsela Home Base with log-in information, tutorials, and curriculum alignment. Access the Newsela Home Base here.

Custom text sets for Fourth Quarter are now available on the home base.


Google Drawings Graphic Organizers

Google Drawings is great tool for having students complete online graphic organizers. From the links below, teachers can click on the "Use Template" button and make a copy of each organizer. In Google Classroom, teachers can link a drawing in an assignment as "Each student gets a copy." Students will then be able to double-click in each of the editable boxes and submit their work.

This collection of over 30 graphic organizers was created by CCS Social Studies to align with many of the suggested organizers in the curriculum. Click on the link below to access.


Social Studies Virtual Learning Padlet of Padlets

Check on the master padlet below for links to additional social studies virtual learning resources. These include curated collections of reading and resources collections, video tutorials, and interactive social studies apps.