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Teaching and Advocacy About Human Rights

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) offers the following resources to educators and the general public to foster a national conversation on teaching about human rights. Since 2015, NCSS has issued articles, a position statement, and resolutions on teaching human rights, including the protection of the rights of all children and the dignity and humanity of every person. We welcome additional suggested resources to facilitate teaching and learning about human rights as a core foundation of social studies instruction.

NCSS Journals for Spring!

The March/April issues of Social Education and Social Studies and the Young Learner will soon arrive in mailboxes, and the articles are posted online now. A few articles are "open access," free PDFs at

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

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JSTOR Daily - Articles and Websites on Historical Topics and Current Events

JSTOR Daily publishes new stories daily on historical and news-related topics. All of the stories feature research from the digital library and database JSTOR (which stands for "journal storage"). The organization negotiates the rights to also open up the underlying research (news and journal articles, etc.), so that anyone can download it for free. Visit
Here is a sampling of topics and stories from recent JSTOR posts.

* JSTOR Daily Celebrates Black History Month (Dozens of stories on African American history, culture, and politics)

Statistics in Schools, SIS (U.S. Census)

SIS offers free social studies—history, sociology and geography—resources to K-12 teachers and students to help them understand the value and everyday use of statistics. These materials include standards-based activities based on a range of historical eras and a variety of topics that


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