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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October 2018 - Civic Education Edition

In this edition:

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Civic Education in the Common Instructional Framework
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Active Digital Citizenship
  • Student Programs: DoubleClick Democracy Election
  • Student Programs: Voter Registration
  • Student Programs: High School Policy Debate Winter Tournament


Columbus City Schools' mission statement places civic education at the forefront: Each student is highly-educated, prepared for leadership and service, and empowered for success as a citizen in a global community. As you know, many of these civic education efforts are led by social studies teachers. This includes both curricular and extracurricular programs. In this edition of the Scoop, we have placed particular emphasis on how civic education is integrated through social studies curriculum and student programs.
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Civic Education in the CCS Common Instructional Framework

Our civic education initiatives complement and support all four components of the CCS Common Instructional Framework.

1. Literacy Civic education provides opportunities for:

  • extended discussion of text meaning and interpretation; and
  • integrated writing instruction with a focus on elaboration and evidence.

2. High Impact Strategies Civic education provides opportunities for students to build knowledge, skills, and dispositions learning targets through:
  • success criteria that allow students to set goals and self-monitor their progress towards standards mastery.

3. Blended & Universal Design for Learning Civic education provides opportunities for students to impact communities and public policy through:

  • multiple means of action and expression; and
  • leveraging technology by using multiple media formats.

4. Social Emotional Learning Civic education emphasizes important dispositions in the domain of social emotional learning:

  • incorporate the use of a decision making process for students to apply to an academic or social situation or activity to be addressed; and
  • supports the development of students’ collaboration skills.


What is Active Digital Citizenship?

Active Digital Citizenship is one of the five points of emphasis in CCS Social Studies this year. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students (2016) emphasize that students should "understand the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world."

Active Digital Citizenship goes well beyond internet safety. It includes critical analysis of online sources, practicing civil discourse in social media, and using technology to influence public policy.

Here are some free curricular resources for Active Digital Citizenship:

  • The New Digital Citizenship: Empower Proactive Leaders - Watch this video from ISTE to learn about the three spheres of digital citizenship: digital agent, digital interactor and digital self.

  • Civic Online Reasoning - These assessments by the Stanford History Education Group assess students' ability to judge the credibility of the information that floods young people’s smartphones, tablets, and computer screens.

  • Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship - Each digital citizenship lesson takes on real challenges and digital dilemmas that students face today, giving them the skills they need to succeed as digital learners, leaders, and citizens tomorrow.

  • Digital Citizenship Poster - From ISTE, this poster highlights how the qualities of good citizens translate to good digital citizens.

  • Civil Dialogue Toolkit - This lesson planning packet from the National Constitutional Center provides resources, tools, and techniques for fostering healthy civil dialogue.


Kids Voting Central Ohio Double Click Democracy

All CCS students in grades K-12 have the opportunity to participate in the Kids Voting DoubleClick Democracy online election. Your school's Library Media Specialist has received information and voter IDs for students to participate in the election.

The Kids Voting DoubleClick Democracy ballot for the November 2018 general election will be available beginning October 22 and running through Monday, November 5, 2018.

To have students participate, you can schedule a time in the library or computer lab or have students vote via chromebooks, thin clients or personal devices in your classroom. The voting process only takes a few minutes, so it can easily be completed in a few days even with only a few computers in the classroom. New this year, students will be able to access the ballot directly from any device using the following URL:

The Kids Voting USA curriculum is accessible from the links below. CCS Google sign-in required.


Voter Registration

Students who are U.S. citizens and were born on or before November 6, 2000 may register to vote. The deadline for registration for the November general election is October 9, 2018.

There are two ways to register, online and paper application. To register online, go to: Online registration requires an Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number. Paper applications can also be accessed from the same site. Mail paper applications to:

Franklin County Board of Elections

PO BOX 183218

Columbus OH 43218-3218


High School Policy Debate Winter Tournament

CCS offers Policy Debate at the middle and high school levels. The middle school program is coordinated by the Gifted & Talented Department. The high school program began last year, under the organization of the Secondary Curriculum ELA and Social Studies Departments. Both programs are supported by Capital University's debate program and coach.

Here are the details for this year's High School Debate.

Debate Resolution - Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.

Debate Type: Policy - This is a two-on-two debate that focuses on a policy question that hones a student’s research, analytical, and delivery skills. Policy debate involves the proposal of a plan by the affirmative team to enact a policy, while the negative team offers reasons to reject that proposal and stay with the status quo. Throughout the debate, students give constructive and rebuttal speeches and have the opportunity to cross-examine one another. Each Constructive speech is 8 minutes. Each Cross Examination is 3 minutes. Each Rebuttal is 5 minutes. Each team has 5 minutes of prep time that can be used during the debate. A judge or panel of judges determines the winner based on the arguments presented.

Debate Teams: Debate teams are made of two students. Those students prepare to debate both the affirmative and negative sides of the debate resolution. On the day of the debate, each two-person team will be told which side (affirmative or negative) they will be debating during each of the three rounds. Each school can bring up to five teams (10 students).

Date: Friday, December 7th from 8:30am-1pm. Team Check-ins from 8-8:30am; Tournament from 8:30am-12:30pm (three rounds: 8:30-9:44, 9:50-11:04am, and 11:10am-12:24pm); Award Ceremony from 12:45-1pm.

Location: Capital University, Ruff Learning Center, 631 Pleasant Ridge, Bexley, OH 43209

Registration and Resources: Click HERE to access the debate folder with registration form and numerous resources for preparing your students to be great debaters. Be sure to register your school NOW even if you don’t yet know the names of students on your teams. That can be added later. The deadline for having all your names added is November 2nd.

Debate Resource Folder:


Matthew I. Doran

Secondary Social Studies Specialist

Office of Teaching & Learning

Curriculum Division

Linmoor Education Center