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Whether for personal growth, new insights, or a different perspective on teaching, the award-winning publications offered by National Council for the Social Studies will help you explore the diversity of subjects and methods in your field.


Search Lessons and Articles

The online Publications Archive is a collection of articles -- PDFs from the current and past issues – going back almost two decades! The Google Custom Search for each journal makes it easy to find articles by topic. Anybody can browse and read titles and abstracts – but you must be a member of NCSS to have access to the full article PDFs. The online U.S. History Collection is easy to search! It includes a collection of classroom activities, teaching ideas, and articles from Social Education, Middle Level Learning, and Social Studies and the Young Learner. Search by historical period, grade level, or key word.
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Social Education

Social Education, our flagship, peer-reviewed journal, contains a balance of theoretical content and practical teaching ideas. The award-winning resources include techniques for using materials in the classroom, information on the latest instructional technology, reviews of educational media, research on significant social studies-related topics, and lesson plans that can be applied to various disciplines. Departments include Lessons on the Law, Surfing the Net, and Teaching with Documents. Social Education is published 6 times per year: the issues of September; October; November/December; January/February; March/April; and May/June.


Social Studies and the Young Learner

The goal of Social Studies and the Young Learner is to capture and enthuse elementary teachers across the country by providing relevant and useful information about the teaching of social studies to elementary students.The teaching techniques presented in this peer-reviewed journal are designed to stimulate the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills vital to classroom success. SSYL is published quarterly: the issues of September/October; November/December; January/February; and March/April. Members who receive SSYL also get two issues of Social Education—the May/June issue (which includes the Notable Trade Books for Young People list) and the September issue.


Middle Level Learning

Middle Level Learning brings together lesson ideas and theoretical content focused on social studies in the middle grades. Almost every issue of this peer-reviewed magazine has one or more student handouts. MLL is published online only, 3 times a year: the issues of September; January/February; and May/June. All members can access the current issue of MLL as well as the complete collection of back issues at the members-only online Archive of Publications. Here's a free sample (PDF), a 16-page issue of MLL.


Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

The Notable Trade Books list is published each year as an insert to the May/June issue of Social Education. A pdf of the most recent list is available to NCSS members only in the Archive of Publications. Lists from other past years (2000 onward) are available free. The books that appear in these annotated lists were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by NCSS and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC). NCSS and CBC have cooperated on this annual bibliography since 1972.


Bulletins (Books), Catalog, & How to Order

NCSS Bulletins, published twice-yearly in book form, provide an in-depth focus on specific disciplines within social studies. Bulletins and other special books are sent to members as a benefit of Comprehensive membership in NCSS.

Also, when you click the blue heading above, you will find a copy of the NCSS Publications Catalog. It is low on the page, so scroll down. Download or view the catalog as a PDF. The publication order form is the last page of the catalog. Purchase Orders accepted.
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Curriculum Standards

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessments. This valuable resource defines and presents each of the ten thematic strands and correlated performance expectations for three distinct levels: early grades, middle grades, and high schools. Included are an executive summary and a special supplement on powerful teaching and learning.
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Theory & Research in Social Education

Theory & Research in Social Education (TRSE) is published by the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) of NCSS. Articles cover a variety of topics: teacher training; learning theory and child development research; models and theories used in developing social studies curricula; and schemes for student participation and social action. You have the option to join CUFA and receive TRSE on the second page of the online NCSS membership application. "Click to Join" at


The Social Studies Professional

The Social Studies Professional (TSSP), the official newsletter of NCSS, is published exclusively online 8 times per year (the issues of September, October, November/December, January/February, March, April, May/June, and July/August). An e-mail announcement will alert NCSS members that the latest issue of TSSP is published, and it can always be found in the online NCSS Publications Archive. Submit your news item to Announcements of events and resources must be timely: it must be likely that NCSS members will be reading TSSP in advance of the dates listed in your announcement.



PASS stands for Powerful and Authentic Social Studies. This comprehensive professional development package, which includes a DVD or video, provides social studies educators with professional training in curriculum design, assessment, and instruction in a standards-based environment.
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