Rock the Vote Democracy Class

Rock the Vote's Democracy Class is a one-period, civics education lesson plan that teaches high school students about the importance of voting, the history behind it, and registers them to vote. The program uses popular culture, video, a mock election, and classroom discussion to excite students about participating in our democracy and enable them to recognize the power that comes with voting.

Educators can download the materials needed to teach Democracy Class for free from


Notable Tradebooks for Young People

notable2007cover.jpgNow available for everyone: back issues of the "Notables List." This year's list is a members-only benefit, but several past issues can be downloaded free as PDFs.   --> read more »


Literacy Coaching

In response to the need to support adolescents as they acquire and use literacy in and out of school, many districts in the United States are hiring "literacy coaches" to lead school-based professional development of subject area teachers in middle and high schools. In a project supported by the Carnegie Corporation, the International Reading Association has joined with the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council for the Social Studies, and the National Science Teachers Association to delineate standards for what effective literacy coaches must know and be able to do.   --> read more »


Understanding Fiscal Responsibility (UFR): A Curriculum for Teaching about the Federal Budget, National Debt, and Budget Deficit

The 24 free lessons from Understanding Fiscal Responsibility (UFR): A Curriculum for Teaching about the Federal Budget, National Debt, and Budget Deficit ( connect students to the current public policy dilemmas about the federal budget, national debt, and budget deficit that confront the United States and its citizens. These 1-2 day lessons are not interdependent and are appropriate for students ranging from grades 9–12 in Civics/Government, Economics, U.S. History/Geography, World History/Global Studies/Geography, and Mathematics.   --> read more »


Performance-Based Assessment Clearinghouse

This NCSS Social Studies Performance-Based Assessment Clearinghouse has been created to provide    --> read more »


Social Studies Related Organizations

In addition to NCSS Associated Groups and State, Local, and Regional Councils for the Social Studies, there are several other social studies related organizations. Some of these are listed below. (Note: Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by NCSS.)


9-11 Commemoration Resources

2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. NCSS has collected resources from its journals Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, and Middle Level Learning that teachers can use when preparing to teach about 9-11 and acknowledge the upcoming anniversary. Also listed are several additional online resources.    --> read more »


Federal Courts' New Educational Tools

The federal courts’ Internet site offers classroom-ready and courtroom-ready resources in multimedia formats on its Educational Resources page. Topics include cyberbullying, texting while driving, and downloading music on the Internet. Bill of Rights programs and resources deal with teen-relevant First and Fourth Amendment scenarios based on Supreme Court decisions.   --> read more »


Let Freedom Swing -- Curriculum on Jazz and Democracy

Let Freedom Swing is a curriculum that explores the many relationships between jazz and democracy. In anticipation of President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and musician, composer, educator and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis teamed up for a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.   --> read more »


Census 2010

Census2010_Red.jpgCensuses are a wonderful snapshot of the population of the United States, They offer a treasure trove of demographic and social information that facilitates discussion of many historical and contemporary topics in social studies classes.
For the 2010 Census, all U.S. households should by now have received a census form with 10 questions about the number of people living in the household on April 1, as well as their gender, age and race.

Here are three articles on the census from recent NCSS publications.

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