Secondary Social Studies Resources
Engaging in Academic Discourse
Academic Discourse in the Classroom & Beyond
Go through the nation's history, and the noise and heat in public political discourse have always been there, rising with the cycles of economic distress, immigration, and cultural upheaval.
- Ann Gerhart (The Washington Post, "In Today's Viral World, Who Keeps a Civil Tongue?" October 11, 2009.
Inquiry Chart (I-Chart)
The Inquiry Chart SOS Instructional Strategy touches on the following skills:
- Citing Evidence
- Comparing and contrasting
- Identifying Key Ideas and Details
McREL Phases of Learning:
- Make sense
SOS Instructional Strategy Video Prep
Inquiry Chart Prepared Classroom Materials
Discovery Education provides a host of grab-and-go social studies support resources for teachers. Secondary TEKS-aligned social studies resources include Civics, Economics, Government, United States History, Geography, Ancient Civilizations, World History and so much more!
Discovery Education is known for its high-quality, engaging videos and video segments. Beyond videos, Discovery Education provides teachers with easily accessible interactives, lessons, activities, images, text, audio, and instructional strategies to enhance teaching and engage learners.
Making a Life: The Strength of a Refugee
Field Trip Overview:
Teaching with Testimony | USC Shoah Foundation
Premiere: December 9 at 1pm EST
Join us for a Virtual Field Trip that will dive into the history and legacy of the Kindertransport and explore with students what it means to be a refugee. Explore how refugees adjust to their new homes and cultures and celebrate the strength people can have in times of great change.
Engaging In Discourse in the Social Studies Classroom
Are you ready to have your students take charge of discussions and engage in academic discourse? When students participate in a small group or whole group discussions, engagement and schema strengthen and students develop their conceptual understandings of social studies. Get ready to transition from sage on the stage, to guide on the side.
In this workshop, we will:
- Create norms and systems to establish a safe and respectful space for discourse to happen
- Model how to facilitate conversations surrounding hard topics in the social studies classroom
- Learn how to strategically use student-generated questions to activate student-led conversations
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