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Using the NCSS National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment to Meet State Social Studies Standards

The revised national standards are a great framework for meeting state standards while making learning relevant and meaningful for students.

The Revised NCSS Standards: Ideas for the Classroom Teacher

The revised social studies standards offer invaluable strategies for teachers to plan powerful units and create engaging lessons.

Excerpts from the Revised Social Studies Standards

NCSS is about to publish National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. These revised national standards continue to be based on the ten themes of social studies, but offer a stronger focus than the original standards on Purposes, Questions for Exploration, Knowledge, Processes, and Products.

Education or Indoctrination? The Development of Social Studies Standards in Texas

At a public hearing before the final vote on the Texas standards, NCSS's president elect makes a plea for social studies standards that allow students to examine a range of viewpoints and come to independent conclusions.

Grab 'em While They're Young (Before They Become Disillusioned and Cynical)!

Three new lessons plans—for the elementary, middle, and high school levels—will help actively engage students in the upcoming election process.

What I Learned (And Didn't) At NCSS 2009

These noteworthy Web 2.0 resources and software demonstrated at the NCSS annual meeting will help teachers design stimulating projects, courses, and curricula.

A Different Way of Viewing History Teaching: Balancing Competing Intellectual Challenges

Focusing on three intellectual challenges at the core of historical understanding—time; scale; and pattern—will help teachers promote a more meaningful understanding of history for students.

Advocating for Abolition: Staging an Abolitionist Society Convention

This simulation illustrates for students that the most complex debates in American history are not necessarily between those for and against social change, but among those who agree on the goal, but disagree on the means.

Introducing www.DocsTeach.org, a New Online Tool for Teaching

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