Social Studies Scoop

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

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

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September 2017


In this edition:

  • College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework Initiative
  • Social Studies Skills Vertical Alignment Toolkit for TBTs
  • Constitution Day - Observed September 18, 2017
  • Preparing for Ohio's State Tests in American History and American Government
  • High School Mock Trial
  • OSU Graduate Course for Social Studies Teachers - Student-Led Inquiry


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College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework Initiative

This year our instructional focus will draw upon the four dimensions of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework: 1) Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries; 2) Applying Disciplinary Concepts & Tools; 3) Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence; and 4) Communicating Conclusions and Take Informed Action. Developed by the National Council for the Social Studies, the C3 Framework helps guide the development of inquiry-based units.


Currently, our high school Academic Electives--African-American Studies, Global Issues, Law, and Sociology/Psychology--are aligned with the C3 dimensions. However, C3 works well as an overarching framework for all 6-12 social studies courses. For sample inquiry units aligned with C3, check out the collection from C3Teachers.org.



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Social Studies Skills Vertical Alignment Toolkit for TBTs

As your social studies TBTs are getting started, you may want to make use of the Sharpening Social Studies: A Toolkit for Vertical Alignment guide. This resource was developed for common planning centered on the social studies skills standards. You can access the document here.


The toolkit organizes learning targets, sample questions, and resources around six skills categories:

I. Chronological Thinking and Cause-and-Effect Relationships

II. Using Sources and Evidence

III. Civic Participation

IV. Using Maps and Geographic Tools

V. Analyzing Data Sets

VI. Economic Decision-Making



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Constitution Day - Observed September 18, 2017

September 17 is Constitution Day. The purpose of Constitution Day is to commemorate the signing of the supreme law of the land in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Federal law requires that all schools receiving federal funds hold an educational program for their students on September 17 of each year. Since September 17 is a Sunday, Constitution Day will be observed on September 18 in schools.


Constitution Day Resources:



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Preparing for Ohio's State Tests in American History and American Government

For the Spring 2017 administration of Ohio's State Tests in Social Studies, CCS showed significant improvement in American Government proficiency rates, but a decline in proficiency rates for American History. As we continue to build on our success and meet our challenges, please make use of the following resources, available on the Social Studies Assessments webpage.


  • Teachers Guide to the State Tests;
  • Ohio Test Prep website (revamp coming in September 2017);
  • Released Test Items by Content Statement (2017 update will be emailed the first week of September);
  • Student Review Guides; and
  • Practice Assessment on Edcite.


In addition, we have copies of Mastering Ohio's American History State Test and Mastering Ohio's American Government State Test by Jarrett Publishing. Please contact Matt Doran regarding these resources.


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High School Mock Trial


Ohio Mock Trial offers an innovative approach to learning about law and how our legal system functions. Guided by teachers and volunteer legal advisors, students participate in an original, unscripted, simulated trial written by attorneys. High school students argue both sides of the case in real courtrooms. For more information about Mock Trial, see the following webpage: http://oclre.org/aws/OCLRE/pt/sp/programs_mocktrial.


To compete in the Ohio Mock Trial program, each school needs a team advisor. The advisor position is a supplemental contract granted by the building principal. The pay for the position is established by Article 905.01 (Group B) of the Master Agreement. If you are interested in advising a Mock Trial team at your school, please speak with your building principal regarding this position. Principals should complete the supplemental contract appointment form and submit it to Human Resources. Also, please contact Matt Doran as soon as possible so we can order case materials for your team. The cost of case materials and team competition are covered by the Social Studies Office. Any needed substitute coverage requests must be submitted by the building principal.


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OSU Graduate Course for Social Studies Teachers - Student-Led Inquiry

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