The Social Studies Connection
A Newsletter for Secondary Social Studies Teachers in CCS
Preparing students for success in college, career, and civic life
In this edition:
- Professional Development: Visible Learning for Social Studies PD Day Resources
- Student Programs: Kids Voting Election
- Curriculum and Instruction: Election 2020 Resources
- Curriculum and Instruction: Veterans Day, November 11
- Curriculum and Instruction: DBQ Online
- Ohio's State Tests: Updated Resources for Ohio State's Tests
- Virtual Learning Resources: Google Drawings Graphic Organizers
- Virtual Learning Resources: Google Slides Choice Activity Templates
- Virtual Learning Resources: Social Studies Virtual Learning Padlet of Padlets
October 16 PD Day Recordings and Resources
Introduction to Visible Learning for Social Studies
- Introduction to Visible Learning for Social Studies, Part 1 (Surface Learning) Recorded Video
- Introduction to Visible Learning for Social Studies, Part 2 (Deep Learning) Recorded Video
- Introduction to Visible Learning for Social Studies, Part 3 (Transfer) Recorded Video
- Introduction to Visible Learning Slide Deck (Make a copy)
- Reciprocal Teaching Video
- Visible Learning Videos and Resources
- Newsela for Beginners Recorded Video (Agenda link)
- Newsela for Intermediate Users Recorded Video (Agenda link)
Kids Voting USA Presidential Election
See the Election 2020 resources below.
- DocsTeach Elections and Voting - you will find resources for teaching about elections and voting – from the campaign trail, to the Electoral College, to the expansion of voting rights.
- National Constitution Center: Live Scholar Exchanges - Scholar Exchanges give students the opportunity to learn about constitutional issues, while interacting with a constitutional expert, historian, or federal judge.
- PBS Learning: Election Central - Keep up with with election news, study the history and process of presidential elections, explore voting rights, and engage in classroom debates with these videos, activities, and lesson plans.
- New York Times: Teach and Learn with the 2020 Election - Writing Prompts, Challenges, Lesson Plans and Other Resources for Teachers and Students
- Scholastic: Elections - Track local and national elections or host an election in your classroom with students, historical figures, or book characters as candidates! You can also encourage independent research with assorted articles from Scholastic GO! and an election book list.
- iCivics Election Headquarters - Dive into the election curriculum with these print-and-go lesson plans that include simulations, vocabulary development, graphic organizers, and active participation opportunities.
Veterans Day Requirement
Ohio Revised Code 3313.602(D) requires that each school devote at least one hour or one standard class period on or around Veterans Day, November 11, to an observance that conveys the meaning and significance of the day.
Teaching resources include:
- Veterans Day Article Collection (Newsela)
- Art of the American Soldier: Stories from the Soldiers (National Constitution Center)
- The Meaning of Veterans Day (What So Proudly We Hail)
- Veterans Day Facts (The History Channel)
- Primary Source Highlights for Veterans Day (Library of Congress)
- Veterans Day and the meaning of sacrifice (PBS NewsHour)
- Veterans Day Teaching Guide 2020 (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
- Veterans Day Records (National Archives)
- History of Veterans Day (U.S. Army Center of Military History)
- Women Aviators in World War II (EDSITEment)
- America's Wars Fact Sheet (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
As we continue with virtual learning in second quarter, we want to consider ways of continuing to increase rigor and engagement in the remote setting.
The DBQ Project's full library of DBQs are available for grades 6-12 this year. This includes the full version DBQs in American History and World History, as well as Mini-Qs in American History, World History, Geography, Economics, and Literature. Teachers have the ability to customize these assignments--anything from a single document to a full DBQ with essay task.
Teachers and students access DBQ Online through Clever: http://clever.com/in/columbuscity.
See the updated CCS DBQ Online Home Base page for directions and tutorials.
If you would like to request a DBQ online Demo for your TBT, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time.
Updated Resources for Preparing for Ohio's State Tests in American History and American Government
American History Test Specs - Test Blueprint, Description of Stimulus and Item Types, Item Format and Interaction Types, Depth of Knowledge, Specific Guidelines for Item Development, and Sample Items
- American History Quick Review - 1-page (front/back) review guide with bullet points of key vocabulary and concepts to know
- American History Student Review Guide (Google Docs) - Unit-by-unit summaries of learning targets with review questions and practice assessments can be completed online in Google Docs. Select "File">"Make a copy..." for each document; please do not request edit access to the original template.
- American Government Test Specs - Test Blueprint, Description of Stimulus and Item Types, Item Format and Interaction Types, Depth of Knowledge, Specific Guidelines for Item Development, and Sample Items
- American Government Quick Review - 1-page (front/back) review guide with bullet points of key vocabulary and concepts to know
Virtual Learning Resources
Google Drawings Graphic Organizers
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.
Google Slides Choice Activities Templates
- Choice Board;
- Menu of Options;
- Layered Curriculum; and
- Digital Interactive Student Notebook
In Google Classroom, teachers can link a slide deck in an assignment as "Each student gets a copy." From the links below, teachers can click on the "Use Template" button and make a copy of each slide deck.