Middle School Social Studies Resources to Engage Advanced Learners
Middle School Social Studies Resources to Engage Advanced Learners
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

Middle school social studies and history teachers looking to implement exciting and challenging lessons in their classrooms this coming school year can turn to Prufrock’s wide selection of resources that help students make connections with history. With these inquiry-based explorations, field-tested strategies, and engaging units, students will be able to take an active part in their own learning.

  • Challenging Units for Gifted Learners: Social Studies. Designed to help teachers provide the stimulating curricula that will nurture gifted students’ potential to learn complex material earlier and faster, this book includes lessons in history that allow students to develop expertise and produce new ideas. 

  • Inquiry-Based Lessons in U.S. History provides primary source lessons that focus on teaching U.S. history through inquiry to middle school students. The three lesson plans in each chapter begin with an essential question that sets the focus for the different types of primary sources and teaching strategies that follow.

  • Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Social Studies (Grades 6–8) (2nd ed.). This book helps teachers differentiate instruction for their high-ability learners with easy-to-use menus and exciting tools to challenge and reach gifted and advanced students in the classroom. It includes updated, student-friendly rubrics that can assess different types of products, free choice proposal forms to encourage independent study, and new and favorite challenging menus to meet the needs of these diverse higher level learners.

  • Engaging With History in the Classroom series. This series contains middle-grade U.S. history units that focus on what it means to be an American citizen, living in a democracy that expects as much from its citizens as it provides to them. Resources for teachers include a running script that's useful as a model for guiding conceptualization as well as extensive teacher notes with practical suggestions for personalizing activities.