Resources for High School Social Studies

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This collection of Open Educational Resources (OERs) has been curated by Curriki for all educators, parents, and students of history. It includes resources that span the scope and sequence of an American History course at the high school level.  Each unit includes primary source documents, digital history files, GIS resources, audio and visual resources, and sites that include lesson plans ranging from America's conception to modern day.      Each resource has been selected for its value to understanding major topics in the discovery, development and growth of the United States. Students will be called upon to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources.  Use these units as a basis for your own US History curriculum or to supplement your existing curriculum. We are confident that you will find exciting new ways to help students make connections between events different time periods. Unit 1: Colonial AmericaExploration and settlement in colonial America -Shaping of American society in different regions -Discovery-1760sUnit 2: American RevolutionThe road to declaring independence -American Revolution -Formation of a new nation -1760s-1800Unit 3: American Expansion and SectionalismThe new nation's political frameworks -Westward expansion -Growing sectionalism -Precursors to the Civil WarUnit 4: Civil WarCivil War in America (1861-1865)Unit 5: ReconstructionReconstruction following American Civil War -1865-1877Unit 6: New FrontiersFollowing American Reconstruction, this unit focuses on topics including industrialization and the Gilded Age, urbanization, and progressivism -1880-1920Unit 7: Isolationist to World PowerThis unit focuses on the shift from American isolationism to involvement in World War I and subsequent status as a world power -1910sUnit 8: Roaring 20s, Great Depression, New DealThis unit explores the 1920s and 1930s, as America experiences a booming economic period following the First World War, transitions into an economic depression, and attempts to alleviate the crisis through the implementation of the New Deal -1920s-1930sUnit 9: World War IIUS involvement in WWII -1939-1945Unit 10: Turbulent DecadesExploration of the years following World War II, including topics such as the Civil Rights Movement, Cold War, Vietnam, Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis -1950s-1970sUnit 11: Modern America Contemporary issues in politics, economics, and popular culture -1980s-present day
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Preserving the Bill of Rights is designed to teach students the relevance of the Bill of Rights in their own lives. The ten units contain twenty teacher-friendly lesson plans with step-by-step directions for activities, student handouts, extension activities, key terms, and primary sources. Each lesson is aligned to national Social Studies standards and the Common Core Literacy in History/Social Studies Standards.
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Learn Liberty Collection

by Learn Liberty

Learn Liberty is your resource for exploring the ideas of a free society. We tackle big questions about what makes a society free or prosperous and how we can improve the world we live in. We don’t have all the answers - but we’ve got a lot of ideas. By working with professors from a range of academic disciplines and letting them share their own opinions, we help you explore new ways of looking for solutions to the world’s problems.
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Civics Curriculum

by Andrew Pass

The first unit contains overarching themes including factors underlying the formation of the United States of America and its system of government. Domestic and foreign influences were catalysts in the foundation of our political system. Unit one identifies important vectors in the beginnings of American culture and society. Unit two focuses on the United States Constitution as the essential document for the founding of the United States of America as a new nation. Several key ideas and documents that influenced the creation of the Constitution are spanned, as well as an in-depth examination of the Articles as they relate to government and citizens rights and responsibilities, and the continuing effect of the Constitution on contemporary issues. Examined at the core of unit three are the structure and functionality of the United States government at the local, state, and federal levels. The lessons within are designed to challenge students to recognize cross-governmental similarities and differences, and apply such an understanding to events that significantly impact students’ lives. The fourth and final unit moves outside of the borders of the United States and considers the impact of the United States system of government on a global scale. The lessons have been designed to engage students with the pertinent issues of world politics, international trade relations, and foreign affairs policies.
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Civics

by Justin March

This collection contains lesson plans for a Freshman level Civics and Citizenship class.
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This course will introduce 7th Grade students to the entrepreneurial skills of problem-solving, decision-making, time management, public speaking, financial literacy, and teamwork. The curriculum will include opportunities for student teams to formulate and evaluate their own ideas for a new product, app, game, or service that will become the focus of their team’s business plan.
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Global History & Geography 9H Euro (Pre AP)
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Gr. 9 & 10 Revised AP World History

by Sue Costagliola East Meadow School District

This Curriculum Area Project is designed for teachers of ninth- and tenth-grade World History. It is a syllabus for the ninth-grade Global History and Geography course, primarily at the Honors level, and for the tenth-grade Advanced Placement World History course, which ends with the Advanced Placement World History exam in May. It is based on the College Board’s Advanced Placement World History Course Description Guide, as well as its Syllabus Development Guide.
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Participation in Government is a half-year course that aims to make students appreciate their voice in American politics. We refer to our political and governmental system as a democracy. In such a system it is the responsibility of the people -- citizens like you-- to become informed and participate in decision-making. In our democratic society every person holds an office, the office of citizen. It is an office, which, like any vocation, requires careful preparation and the acquisition of certain skills. A major goal of this course, then, is to expand the skills, which young citizens need to become effective participants in the public life of this country. This course will help you become an active and involved citizen who will have hands-on experience on all levels of government. This course will encourage you to make connections between the structure of governmental process and the role of the citizen in influencing this process.
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Global History and Geography 9H
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Global History & Geography 9 Honors World History (Pre AP)
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AP World History Grade 10

by Marla Catalano

AP World History Grade 10
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IB HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS HL I
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A lesson plan on the lead up to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. This lecture does contain some sensitive images and language.
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A revised copy of Lesson Plan 3.
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Harriet Tubman: A portrait of Determination, an integrated, thematic fourth grade Social Studies and Science unit, will take students into a world of desperation, inspiration, and determination. The purpose of this unit is to teach students to investigate colonial history, ask questions about people and their behavior, and gain a better understanding of how determination can change a society for the better or worse. Recapturing this history is accomplished by entering into the life of Harriet Tubman through videos, picture books, poems, internet research, and other hands-on projects. At the end, the students will have created a Harriet Tubman time capsule that will reflect her life and the challenges of that time period. Students must know how to navigate searches on a computer, look up resources in a library, and have been previously taught about constellations.
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