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History and Social Science Instruction

What types of materials and resources (other than textbooks) can be used to support history and social science instruction?

What topics or themes would be appropriate for a social studies unit plan? How can I address cultural diversity in my social studies unit planning?

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Maps, atlases, etc are excellent resources for supporting geographical knowledge.
Newspapers and magazines are useful for supporting current events awareness, civics, geography, and more.
There are many websites that provide great resources, such as Discovery Channel's United Streaming (subscription-based resource for historical video clips), History Channel,, and more. These websites all provide lesson plans and reliable material that ...

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This explores materials and resources outside of the textbook that are useful in social studies classrooms. It also explores possible thematic unit topics and ways to address diversity.