Build a rigorous and relevant
social studies curriculum using these
lessons and resources
I spent the first 25 years of my educational career as a high school social studies teacher and K-12 coordinator. More
This site showcases some of my lessons, resources and web-based instructional projects ~ Peter Pappas
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Work, Culture and Society in Industrial America Document based questions that explore the new opportunities and social problems of the industrial era
Civic Decision Making each activity defines an issue, gives background information, and summarizes arguments for and against a particular solution to a problem.
Great Debates in American History units feature the conflicting viewpoints of two or more historical figures or organizations and a worksheet that helps students analyze the debate through a series of comprehension and critical thinking questions.
Mock Trials for the Classroom Mock trials embody critical thinking in the classroom. Over the years I wrote a number of cases which proved to be effective tools for improving student analytic skills.
Workshop PowerPoint Handouts PDF
Rigor. Relevance and Technology (444 kb pdf.)
Summarizing (374 kb pdf.)
Analysis (66 kb pdf.)
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Assessments (228 kb. pdf.)
Timeline series: I'm proud to serve as a consultant to Timeline a series of graphic novels that combine exciting fiction, fascinating historical facts and lavish illustrations. Reading levels 4-8. Interest levels 4-12.
Teaching With Documents a guide to document- based instruction. Winner of Philadelphia Inquirer's "10 Best Educational Sites" Recommended by DistrictAdministration Magazine's Dr. Hotlist
K-12 Social Studies Program Guide As a former social studies director, I used the web to effectively coordinate district program, standards and assessments.
Sociology a good model of how you can use a website to support classroom instruction. Makes use of a variety of on-line resources
More of my Resource Sites
Technology Connections That Work forge students, teachers, administrators, and parents into effective educational partners
Content Reading Strategies that Work Literacy strategies for academic success.
Professional Development That Works Strategies, Solutions and Innovations for Technology Leaders
Small Learning Communities that Work - the Ninth Grade Academy and the Summer Prep School.
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