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Shifting from Drill and Kill to Opening Inquiring Minds

Experience high-interest lessons that engage and support the C3 Framework. Leave behind your tired lessons and transform them, opening your students' minds to inquiry. Ready-to-use, hands-on lesson provided.

Make Sourcing Sexy: Strategies to Engage Students in Sourcing Content

Sourcing content is an essential skill for our students. Learn how to leverage awesome resources from the Library of Congress and new wave classroom strategies to make sourcing content fun.

I am a Man: Promoting Civic Discussion Using Historical Documents

In collaboration with librarians, this project highlights ways of incorporating primary historical archives into urban elementary and middle school classrooms to foster civic discussion toward addressing issues of social justice.

Historical Inquiry and Middle-Schoolers: What Can It Look Like?

Learn how students collaborate online to craft historical arguments about democratic principles. Participants will engage with sample activities, review examples of student work, and get free material.

Empower Students to Succeed Using National Geographic's New Learning Frameworks

National Geographic's new learning framework A.S.K. (Acquisition, Skills, Knowledge) empowers students to engage and explore their world. See how this inquiry-based tool works in a social studies classroom.

Elections are Over! Now What?

It's time for the election season after party! Keep the excitement going with interactive lesson plans, games, and action civics projects that focus on elected officials' jobs. Free resources provided!

Do You Kahootit or Quizizz in Your Class?

Do you know how to Kahootit? Hear about numerous ways to use devices to transform your classroom from boring to a happening historical place.

Creating a Laboratory of Democracy with Controversial Issues

Get sample lessons on using controversial issues in civics education. These activities attempt to meet the recommendations for best practices articulated in the C3 Framework.

Books, Bugs, and Fish: Teaching Sustainability through Text

Numerous texts exemplify how to practice sustainability across a variety of settings. A panel of social studies teachers and teacher educators showcase how to enhance students' understanding of sustainability.

We're Coming to America: Content and Literacy through Inquiry

Experience a fully integrated unit that focuses on global connections through the lens of U.S. immigration. Strategies, templates, and tools from this powerful inquiry-based unit will be shared.

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