Social Studies Links

SCDE Social Studies Newsletter Fall 2016

SC Social Studies Supervisors Association

Check here for resources for Social Studies teachers in South Carolina.

ABYZ News Links

Newspapers and other news sources from around the worldMore

African American History Resources

This link to our State Department of Education provides the following information: 

The purpose of the African American History program, as referenced in legislation (S.C. Code Ann. § 59-29-55), is to ensure that the history of Africa and African Americans, their culture and experiences, is integrated into the existing K-12 social studies curriculum.The resources listed below will help educators infuse the African-American experience into all facets of the school curriculum.


American Rhetoric

Famous speeches both as recordings and as written transcriptsMore

Avalon Project at Yale Law School

History and political documentsMore

Beyond the Bubble: A New Generation of History Assessments

Assessing the 21st century skills with Library of Congress documents-a new generation of history assessments that includes 55 formative assessments tied to social studies topics. The History Assessments of Thinking (HATs) use collections of documents, photos, paintings, radio broadcasts, and film clips to measure students' historical understandings and critical thinking skills. Interactive scoring rubrics link to sample student responses and many assessments include a "Going Deeper" video that extends teachers' understanding of that task and the historical skills it measures.More


The Big History Project is a free, online course that tells the story of our Universe and humanity. Developing a framework to help people learn about anything and everything. It's inherently interdisciplinary – combining the best of social studies, humanities, and science.


  • It will take about 6-8 hours to complete the core material and quizzes.
  • The content mixes great editorial with videos, infographics, and imagery.
  • Features leading academics and experts in a range of fields.
  • Optional quizzes test your knowledge along the way.

Breaking Stalin's Nose: New Curriculum Module for Middle Schools

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin centers around Sasha Zaichik, a ten year old boy living in Moscow with his father during Stalin’s great terror. Sasha idolizes Stalin, and is excited about his upcoming initiation into the Young Pioneers of the Communist Party. But the night before the initiation his father, a high ranking member of the secret police, is himself arrested. The narrative follows Sasha on this day, the day he has waited for his whole life, as his world is turned upside down, and he begins to question everything he has been taught.  

To provide insight into propaganda, political culture, citizenship and everyday life in the Soviet Union, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center has recently developed a module for middle schools around this novel. Building on the interactive website that accompanies the book, the lesson plan also invites students to consider issues around political participation and indoctrination more broadly. This module fulfills Common Core Standards ELA-LITERACY.RL. 6.1.- 6.2., ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.3 to 6-8.4


Center for Oral History at the University of Hawaii

Recollections of Hawaii's peopleMore

Choices Program-Teaching Tools

The Choices Program develops curricula (designed for high school but may be adapted for middle school) on current and historical international issues and their materials place special emphasis on the importance of educating students in their participatory role as citizens.
The Choices Program provides a number of teaching tools for use with Choices resources in the classroom. They include free teaching activities (especially see Teaching with the News-tab on the left), graphic organizers, assessment tools, videos of scholars answering questions about history.*

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.More

CIA World Factbook

Maps and statistics about countries around the worldMore

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

The result of a three year state-led collaborative effort, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards was developed to serve two audiences: for states to upgrade their state social studies standards and for practitioners — local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers — to strengthen their social studies programs. Its objectives are to a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines; b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.More

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library

Colonial Williamsburg’s Teacher Community has combined with the HERO media library to help you teach American history with video, classroom lessons and interactive web activities.

The website includes great features like search and browsing by era, theme, and subject.


Cybrary Man's Social Studies Links

Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites for Social Studies - The internet catalogue for students, teachers, administrators & parents.
Over 20,000 relevant links personally selected by an educator/author with over 30 years of experience.

Docs Teach-National Archives

Turn your students into historians with primary-source based activities that develop historical thinking skills. Activities are ready to use in your classroom. Or alter an existing activity to fit your unique needs. Exchange primary source documents and modify activity instructions. Log in to borrow from an even larger selection from fellow educators. They have selected thousands of primary source documents to bring the past to life as classroom teaching tools from the billions preserved at the National Archives. Use the search field to find written documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio and video in our ever-expanding collection that spans the course of American history.µMore


Eyewitness accounts of historical eventsMore

Hanover Historical Texts Project

Primary sources daring from ancient to modern timesMore

History Place -- Sounds of Presidents

Presidential speeches and announcementsMore

Internet History Sourcebooks Project

Project domain historical textsMore

Library of Congress

Map Collection-South Caroliniana Library

USC’s South Caroliniana Library has begun making all of their rare and invaluable maps available online - a collection of 134 priceless maps, which can be browsed by date.More

Maps of the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the WorldMore

Maryland's Howard County Public School System Social Studies Resources gr 6-12 
Beyond the goals and objectives of the curriculum, lies the real stuff of social studies, those experiences which develop in students a sense of civic efficacy. Good social studies instruction is meaningful, active, challenging, value-based, and cross-curricular.

National Archives and Records Administration

New York K-12 Social Studies Framework

The K-12 Framework integrates existing New York State Learning Standards and curricula into a single document with an emphasis on Key Ideas and Conceptual Understandings for each grade-level. Common elements across all grades, derived from National Council for the Social Studies themes, Common Core Literacy Skills, and Social Studies Practices, unify the framework, strengthen the progression of skills across the K-12 continuum, and establish a consistent design approach that aligns with the demands of the Common Core Learning Standards.

Check out the New York State K-12 Social Studies Resource Toolkit on this website.


New York Public Library

Collections of digitized primary sourcesMore


Interactive news museumMore

NEWSEUM Digital Classroom

This innovative website is a free, cross-disciplinary classroom resource featuring interactive timelines, archival videos and downloadable historic front pages through our lenses of historical connections, media literacy and civics. Comprehensive yet flexible lesson plans are designed for middle, high school and college teachers and students.More

Old Time Radio -- Radio Days: A Soundbite History

Old radio shows and newsMore

Our Documents

100 milestone documents in American historyMore

Reading Like a Historian: Overview

Video showing how to use primary source documents in social studiesMore

South Carolina African American History Calendar

Visit the African American History calendar - a method of identifying African American role models for all youth and honoring notable African American achievers with ties to South Carolina.More

Smithsonian Institution

Social Studies Lesson Plans (by Inspiration) aligned to Common Core

Sounds of History

Over 300 sound recordingsMore

South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program

The South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program (SCDNP) at the University of South Carolina Libraries is one of many state programs participating in the National Digital Newspaper Program, a national effort to preserve America's historical newspapers. SCDNP digitizes historic South Carolina newspapers and facilitates their free access in the full-text searchable newspaper database.More

Teaching "Controversial" Topics in Social Studies

ASCD's list of resources for teaching critical approaches to social studies contentMore

Travel the World. Learn Geography. Get Vacation Ideas.

Travel tools, travel quizzes, education, geography. That pretty much sums up  Thye've traveled a lot and hope to teach people about the world before going on a trip.More

Videos of Lectures

Explore the Gilder Lehrman Collection, an archive of more than 60,000 important historical documents from US history,most of them never published. This link features videos of lectures by more than 250 eminent historians that can be searched by topic.More

WPA (Work Progress Administration) Photograph Collection

USC’s South Caroliniana Library’s WPA Photograph Collection includes over 1,000 photographs from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s of places and people all over the state. A collection of photographs documenting homes, schools, colleges, churches, streets, landscapes, murals, artwork, and other aspects of South Carolina life, these images were collected by photographers hired as part of Federal Writers' Project. The Federal Writer's Project was created in 1935 as part of the United States Work Progress Administration to provide employment for various white-collar workers such as historians, teachers, and writers. More
Social Studies Resources