Social Studies Scoop
A Monthly Bulletin for 6-12 Social Studies Teachers in CCS
Preparing students for success in college, career, and civic life
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
College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework Initiative
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.
Social Studies Skills Vertical Alignment Toolkit for TBTs
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
Constitution Day - Observed September 18, 2017
Constitution Day Resources:
- Constitution Day Text Set from Newsela
- American Founding Text from Common Lit
- Constitution Day Lessons from the Center for Civic Education
- Constitution Day Lessons from Constitutional Rights Foundation
- iCivics Constitution Day Lesson
- National Constitution Center Programs
- Constitution Day Ideas from NEH EDSITEment
Preparing for Ohio's State Tests in American History and American Government
- 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.
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.