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The Social Studies Professional
The Social Studies Professional (TSSP), the official newsletter of NCSS, is published exclusively online, in PDF form, 8 times per year (the issues of September, October, November/December, January/February, March, April, May/June, and July/August). An e-mail announcement alerts NCSS members that the latest issue of TSSP is published, and it will include a link to the PDF, which can be found here, along with past issues, in the online NCSS Publications Archive.
We post the current issue of TSSP for Members Only the day it's finished. There's also an archive of past issues always at your fingertips.
Our flagship journal, Social Education contains a balance of theoretical content and practical ideas for classroom use. Our award-winning resources include techniques for using teaching materials in the classroom, information on the latest instructional technology, reviews of educational media, research on significant topics related to social studies, and lesson plans that can be applied to various disciplines. The journal is organized into recurring departments including, Looking at the Law, Surfing the Net, and Teaching with Documents.
The searchable Social Education archives contains issues published since 1993.
For K-6 teachers, we offer Social Studies and the Young Learner, a journal which meets teachers' needs for new information and creative teaching activities. The teaching techniques presented are designed to stimulate the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills vital to classroom success.
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 are designed to stimulate the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills vital to classroom success. SSYL is published quarterly: September/October; November/December; January/February; and March/April.
Middle Level Learning brings together lesson ideas and theoretical content focused on social studies in the middle grades. MLL is published online only, 3 times a year: 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.
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U.S. History Collection
NCSS has selected a collection of classroom activities, teaching ideas, and articles about U.S. history from Social Education, Middle Level Learning, and Social Studies and the Young Learner. Browse the collection, or search by historical period and grade level.
Teaching with Documents
Teaching with Documents appears regularly in Social Education. These lesson plans, which are sampled here, use historic documents from the National Archives to teach history, civics, and many other social studies disciplines.
The articles listed here include the primary source documents and complete lesson plans for middle and secondary classrooms. They are all presented in PDF format.
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young PeopleDownload the new 2014 list of Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People! [PDF]
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