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High School Lesson
A free article, PDF, from Social Education
"Borderlands of the Southwest: An Exercise in Geographical History"

Middle Level Lesson
A free article, PDF, from Middle Level Learning
“Making Maps” (Theme Issue) MLL

Elementary Lesson
A free article, PDF, from Social Studies and the Young Learner
“The Public Park: A Sense of Place in a Civic Space”

Resource Directory

Guidelines and Resources for Planning Your Lessons

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards - for the use of states to upgrade their state social studies standards and for practitioners to strengthen their social studies programs. 

Curriculum Standards – A framework for teaching, learning, and assessment K-12.

Position Statements – Code of Ethics; Academic Freedom; Teaching about Religion; etc.

Notable Trade Books – An annual listing to top-rated children’s literature.

NCSS Publications Catalog (pdf) – Books on social studies subjects and teaching strategies.

Colleagues and Training for Improving Your Practice

Peer Groups & Get CONNECTED – Your online networking, nationwide community.

Professional Development – Summer Workshops; Annual Conference; Awards & Grants; etc.

NCSS SmartBrief is a free newsletter, sent by e-mail 3/week. Anybody can subscribe at

Become a Member of NCSS – Read about the benefits, joining, and updating your record.

Off-Site Resources

Stanford History Education Group —
U.S. History Lesson Plans

National Mock Election

American Public University (Teaching New American History)

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