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Webcast: Introducing the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Whether or not the C3 Framework is implemented at the state level, social studies teachers at all grade levels can use the document to reflect upon their own classroom practices and re-envision their instructional program to become more inquiry-based, dynamic, and exciting for students.

Here is archived webcast that provides an overview of the C3 Framework featuring the architects and leads of the project and guidelines for using the webcast along with instructional planning guides for professional development.

LA County Office of Education Webcast: "Introducing the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards "

C3 Teachers

C3teachers.org is an open, collaborative website where you can interact with other teachers about enhancing social studies, C3teachers.org aims to empower teachers as they wrestle with the big ideas and instructional implications of the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards (the “C3 Framework”).

c3teachers.org

C3 Teachers

C3teachers.org is an open, collaborative website where you can interact with other teachers about enhancing social studies, C3teachers.org aims to empower teachers as they wrestle with the big ideas and instructional implications of the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards (the “C3 Framework”).

c3teachers.org

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 (www.teachufr.org) 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.

The lessons engage students in these critical dilemmas and include the resources students will need to deepen their understanding of the complex issues the dilemmas raise. The curriculum is nonpartisan and invites participants from all points of view to ask:

  • What do the decisions we make about the federal budget, national debt, and budget deficit say about who we are as a people?

  • How should we address our nation’s fiscal challenges now and in the future to assure that our decisions are consistent with our values and traditions?

As a nonpartisan and inquiry-based curriculum, the lessons do not steer students toward any one conclusion about the federal budget, national debt, or budget deficit. Our goal is to have students understand the issues in all their complexities, be able to clarify their own thinking about these issues, and, ultimately, care enough to become involved in debating these and other public policy questions as citizens. Participant teachers will receive membership in the UFR teacher network.

http://www.teachufr.org

Performance-Based Assessment Clearinghouse

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Teaching Resources for the State of the Union Address

  • Analyzing the Messages of the State of the Union Address 
    Mark T. Kissling and Christopher C. Martell
    The president´s annual speech to Congress on the condition of the nation offers students an opportunity to examine key domestic issues as well as the president´s proposals. (From Social Education)

  • PBS NEWSHOUR. This lesson from PBS New Hour for grade 7-12 teaches students about the history and purpose of the State of the Union address, and to suggest how to evaluate the speech. www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons_plans/the-state-of-the-union-address/

  • “State of the Union Bingo,” created by The National Constitution Center, is a lesson plan to engage 7-12th grade students (as they watch the president’s annual address to Congress) in a fun and interactive way. Students examine the events and topics, as well as the president’s legislative plan for the coming year. The lesson plan, complete with Bingo cards, is free at constitutioncenter.org/Files/sotubingo.pdf


 

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.

Election Resources

Bunting.jpg Need help teaching the election? The October issue of Social Education will focus on the 2008 Election. NCSS has also put together a list of materials from NCSS and links to web sites that can help you in your classroom.


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