5 History Resources for Teaching High School Students
5 History Resources for Teaching High School Students
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 by Andilynn Feddeler

With these inquiry-based lessons in history, high school students will develop critical thinking, make connections, and learn professional research and analysis skills.

  • Differentiating Instruction With Menus: U.S. History (grades 9–12) offers teachers everything needed to create a student-centered learning environment based on choice in the high school classroom. Topics addressed include history, geography, economics, government, and culture. Ideal for differentiating for gifted and advanced learners, these menus can be used to guide students in making decisions as to which products they will develop after studying a major concept or unit.

  • Inquiry-Based Lessons in World History: Early Humans to Global Expansion (Vol. 1) (grades 7–10) focuses on creating global connections between people and places using primary sources in standards-based lessons. With sections on early humans, the ancient world, classical antiquity, and the world in transition, this book provides teachers with inquiry-based, ready-to-use lessons that can be adapted to any classroom and that encourage students to take part in the learning process by reading and thinking like historians. 

  • Inquiry-Based Lessons in World History: Global Expansion to the Post-9/11 World (Vol. 2) (grades 7–10) spans the time period from 750 CE to the present day and has sections on the world in transition, the era of revolutions, imperialism and global war, and the modern world. Lessons include step-by-step directions, incorporate a variety of literacy strategies, and require students to make a hypothesis using evidence from the texts they have read. 

  • Social Studies Comes Alive: Engaging, Effective Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom (grades 6–10) provides teachers with critical, creative, and inquiry-based activities to engage students in real-world projects and research. Students will benefit from learning professional research practices and products that can make a real difference in their lives and those within their communities.

  • Supreme Court Decisions: Scenarios, Simulations, and Activities for Understanding and Evaluating 14 Landmark Court Cases (grades 7–12) allows students to make predictions, use their knowledge of the Constitution, gain the perspective of people living during a historic period of time, and judge a case for themselves. Because these cases are sure to evoke different emotions and spark lively discussions among your students, the book also includes activities that will help you direct this energy into meaningful learning experiences.