Resources: Social Studies
Arizona’s Standards Strands (Geography Connections, American History & World History)
Social Studies Instructional Resources - ADE Developed
Content-Rich Support Materials: These materials include reading passages, integrated reading lessons, trade book lessons, and links to social studies lessons that have been aligned to the Arizona Social Studies Standards for grades K-8.
Content-Rich Support Materials
These materials include reading passages, integrated reading lessons, trade book lessons, and links to social studies lessons that have been aligned to the Arizona Social Studies Standards for grades K-8.
Other ADE-Developed Support Materials
- English Language Development Strategies for Social Studies Content
- Geography connections to Strands 1 and 2 – Grade 7
- Geography connections to Strands 1 and 2 – Grade 8
- Geography connections to Strand 1 – High School
- Geography connections to Strand 2 – High School
- Social Studies Connections to Science For Grades K – 6
The lesson plans and resources posted on this page were created and reviewed by members of the Teaching Diversity in American History Committee. They are aligned to Arizona’s Social Studies Standards as well as to Arizona’s Common Core Standards in English Language Arts. These lessons and resources were designed to help educators from all grade levels raise student awareness and understanding of the contributions made by diverse individuals and groups to the historical and cultural development of the United States.
A special thanks to the following members of the Teaching Diversity in American History Committee:
Maria Abalos | Candice Maiers | Jamie Boarder | Dr. Tasha Nelson
Courtney Braren | Steven (Michael) Olguin | Patrick Brown | Natasha Pacheco
Chris Capadona | Lisa Price | Denise Carpenter | John Prothro | Elizabeth Lantka
Dr. Deborah J. Garza Chavez | Evelyn Ramirez | Marisol Garcia | Eddie Rodriquez
Donald R. Guillory, II | Celia Trujillo | Sylvia Kniest | Kathleen Zondlewski
Social Studies Resources - External Sources
icon external link Arizona Historical Society
The Arizona Historical Society contains the world’s largest collection of Arizona history artifacts, documents, and photographs. It also has information about research, educational programs, and tours.
Information about the annual Arizona History Convention.
The Arizona Memory Project is an online effort to provide access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions. It provides the opportunity to view some of the best examples of government documents, photographs, maps, and objects that chronicle Arizona’s past and present.
Provides a list of and links to Arizona State Parks.
This site offers full text documents of American law, history and diplomacy.
From the National History Education Clearinghouse, a project of George Mason University and Stanford University History Education Group, this website page on Best Practices offers strategies and practices for teaching historical interpretation, using primary sources, examples of historical thinking, and teaching with textbooks.
Digital resources to enhance the teaching of American history.
September 11 lessons (K-12) and resources for classroom teachers.
All federal resources linked to a single site; divided into subjects, including History and Social Studies.
Includes modules on American history. The modules cover more than twenty topics that correspond to the major periods in American history.
Free high school lesson plans on globalization.
icon external link National Anthropological Archives
Online exhibits include photos, research reports, field notes, journals, manuscripts, correspondence, and records from sources such as the Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian anthropologists, and other preeminent scholars.
icon external link The National Archives Teaching with Documents
This section contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States and links to Analysis Worksheets for eight types of primary sources.
icon external link National History Day
National History Day helps teachers meet educational standards; disseminates high quality curriculum materials; and sponsors challenging contests that teach students critical skills for the 21st century.
icon external link National Museum of the American Indian
Resources and lessons (4-8 and 9-12) on the indigenous geography of the Americas.
icon external link National Parks and Monuments
Provides a list of and links to Arizona’s National Parks and Monuments.
icon external linkNative American Sites – Multnomah County LibraryProvides an extensive list of links to Native American sites.
icon external link PBS NewsHour
High school lessons, activities and links from the NewsHour Program.
icon external linkThe Smithsonian Institute
Lessons and resources on culture and history from the Smithsonian Institute.
icon external linkUnited States Memorial Holocaust Museum
The U.S. Holocaust Museum offers materials, resources, online training, workshops, conferences, and fellowships for teaching about the Holocaust.
icon external linkushistory.org
Revolutionary Period resources from The Independence Hall Association (IHA).
Advanced Placement (AP) Social Studies Courses
- icon external link AP Central
- icon external linkComparative Government & Politics
- icon external link European History
- icon external link Human Geography
- icon external link Macroeconomics
- icon external link Microeconomics
- icon external link Psychology
- icon external link U.S. Government & Politics
- icon external link U.S. History
- icon external link World History
Social Studies Professional Development Opportunities
Course Requirements and Recommended Instructional Time
Research and Publications
- icon external link National Council for the Social Studies Curriculum Standards
- icon external link National Geography Standards
- icon external link National Standards for History
- icon external link National Standards for Civics and Government
- icon external link National Standards for Teaching of High School Psychology
- icon external link Social Studies Research and Practice
- icon external link American Historical Association
- icon external link Arizona Council for History Education
- icon external link Arizona Council for the Social Studies
- icon external link Arizona Council on Economic Education
- icon external link Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
- icon external link Arizona Geographic Alliance
- icon external link Arizona Historical Society
- icon external link National Council for History Education
- icon external link National Council for the Social Studies
- icon external link National Council on Economic Education
- icon external link National Council for Geographic Education
- icon external link Organization of American Historians
- icon external link National Geographic Bee
- icon external link National Geographic Live
Grants and Awards
Contact Information: Tammy Waller, Director of K-12 Social Studies & World Languages | 602-364-1981