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National Council for the Social Studies 

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) is the nation’s leading association of social studies educators. All social studies educators are welcome to become members. NCSS publishes the widely used journals, Social Education and Social Studies and the Young Learner, and is also the publisher of the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies and the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Enhancing State Social Studies Standards, which was prepared in cooperation with 14 other professional associations in social studies disciplines. NCSS advocates nationwide for the future of social studies as a core discipline in schools. The NCSS articles and lesson plans presented in ShareMyLesson are a sample of the wide range of articles and lesson plans offered in NCSS journals. For more information on NCSS, visit

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Manifest Destiny and the Cherokee Removal
  • National and Western Expansion
  • High School
Manifest Destiny, the idea that Providence guided the conquest and settlement of North America, is one of the most contested ideas in American...
The Reel History of the World: History & Film
  • Social Studies
  • High School
In today’s society, film is a part of popular culture and is relevant to students’ everyday lives. The purpose of this article is to provide teachers...
Common Core Exemplar: Teaching the Bill of Rights
This close reading exemplar introduces the Bill of Rights to students in a way that takes them deeply into the text, and leads them to a greater...
Creating a Historical “Wax Museum” about NYC
  • Geography
  • K-2, 3-5
Students were taught to examine continuities and changes over time in their community, using evidence such as maps, photographs, biographies, and...
Staging an Abolitionist Society Convention
In this article, Andy Robinson and Joan Brodsky Schur offer suggestions and ideas for guiding students through an educational, historical roleplaying...
Misunderstandings of Money and Fed
  • Money and the Role of Financial Institutions
  • High School
Confusion and misinformation about the Fed may make it difficult for high school economics teachers to sort through available resources and decide...
Three Key Financial Episodes
History books make the progression from the 1890s debates and early twentieth century financial crises look inevitable. Yet the textbooks do not...
Income Inequality and U.S. Tax Policy
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Many social scientists have recently commented on the high levels of income inequality in the United States. Indeed, the last time income inequality...
A Street Named for a King: The Politics of Names
  • Social Studies
  • High School
Streets are so common in everyday use that they often escape notice. Yet some names evoke far more than a simple moniker atop a signpost. Consider...
Chinatowns: Global Connections and Local Spaces
  • Social Studies
  • High School
Large and well-established Chinatowns can be found in diverse locales, including New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Paris, Sydney, and Singapore. In...