Social Studies Resources

Curated by Knovation's Curriculum Specialists
Below are a few sample Social Studies learning resources from our Content Collection.
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Neatline: The Digital Declaration of Independence

An interactive Declaration of Independence. Passages of the original document are accompanied by typed text, and each founding father has a biography, a portrait, and a map showing their origin.

Social Studies
Middle
Primary Source Document

Teaching Channel: Read Like a Historian: Overview

This video provides an overview of the "Read Like a Historian" teaching strategy. Students begin with a fundamental question and use the inquiry approach by exploring original documents to find the answer. It includes analyzing the reliability of the sources, using contextualization of the period...
Social Studies
Middle
Video

Teaching Channel: Read Like a Historian: Overview

This video provides an overview of the "Read Like a Historian" teaching strategy. Students begin with a fundamental question and use the inquiry approach by exploring original documents to find the answer. It includes analyzing the reliability of the sources, using contextualization of the period...
Social Studies
Middle
Video

LOC: The Declaration of Independence: From Rough Draft to Proclamation

By analyzing the first draft of Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence through primary source documents, students can proceed to understand why a first draft was required, and why there are changes in the final version. There are handouts available and an opportunity to rewrite the Declar...
Social Studies
Middle
Learning Module

An Idiot's Guide to the Declaration of Independence

First, you are not an idiot. This is the biggest concept lecture ever in the history of simple explanations. HipHughes glides through a brief explanation of the Declaration of Independence so you can get through that next dinner party.

Social Studies
Middle
Video

iCivics: Games: Argument Wars

Games in which players act as lawyers arguing head to head before a judge about real Supreme Court cases.
Social Studies
Middle
Learning Game

Library of Congress: Declaration of Independence: Rewriting the Rough Draft

Here's your chance to rewrite the Declaration of Independence and put in your own thoughts and ideas to create an alternate draft of your own. How would yours differ from Thomas Jefferson's original draft?
Social Studies
Middle
Interactive Media

University of Texas: Early Drafts of the Declaration of Independence

Early drafts of the Declaration of Independence are explored in this podcast. Understand why passages from Jefferson's first drafts were edited and deleted and discover what they said. [22:03]
Social Studies
Middle
Audio Content

iCivics: Executive Command

Ever wanted to be President for a day? In Executive Command, you can be President for four years! Try to accomplish what you set as your agenda while facing the challenges and responsibilities that crop up along the way. Being commander-in-chief and chief executive is no easy job! See how you do!
Social Studies
Middle
Learning Game

iCivics: Counties Work

Do you want to make your community a better place to live? In Counties Work, you decide about the programs and services that affect everyone! Your choices shape the community, and your citizens’ satisfaction determines whether you’ll get re-elected for a second term. Choose wisely.
Social Studies
Middle
Learning Game

PBS Teachers: Damage to the Declaration

Compare the original Declaration of Independence document with the 1823 Stone Engraving of the Declaration. Explore the damage that has been done to the original over centuries of imperfect handling. Adobe Flash required.
Social Studies
Middle
Interactive Media