Category Archives: Social Studies

Lesson plans that use the high school social studies curriculum to build literacy and learning skills.

Cultural Literacy: Boston Massacre

One of the supreme and bitter ironies of the events leading up to the founding of this nation is the death, in the Boston Massacre, of Crispus Attucks. Here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on the Boston Massacre which, even in its squib, makes sure that the first person to die for the cause of American liberty was a black man.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Independent Practice: Kingdom of Ghana

After a very pleasant weekend, here on a Monday morning, in Mark’s Text Terminal’s ongoing observation of Black History Month 2019, is an independent practice worksheet on the Kingdom of Ghana.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Cultural Literacy: Benjamin Banneker

Although he is little known today, Benjamin Banneker was an African-American Renaissance man. If you’d like your students to know something about him, this Cultural Literacy worksheet on Benjamin Banneker might be a reasonable place to start.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Muhammad Ali on Not Joining the War in Vietnam

[Refusing to be drafted to fight in the Vietnam War;] “I ain’t got no quarrel with the Viet Cong.”

Muhammad Ali

Press conference, Miami, Florida, February, 1966

Excerpted from: Schapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

Independent Practice: Mansa Musa

Now that I’m working in a school district where deep instruction in world history is a pedagogical afterthought–if that–I appreciate more than ever New York State’s high standards for social studies instruction. Over the years, I taught or co-taught freshman global studies, for which classes I developed this independent practice worksheet on Mansa Musa. He’s an important figure in world history, and the students I serve in my current posting have no idea who he is.

Which would be a scandal if anyone here actually cared,

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Cultural Literacy: NAACP

If you can use it for Black History Month 2019, or any other month for that matter, since the organization is an important part of United States history, here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on the NAACP.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Kofi Annan on the Legitimacy of the United Nations

“When states decide to use force to deal with broader threats to international peace and security, there is no substitute for the unique legitimacy provided by the United Nations.”

Kofi Annan

Opening speech to United Nations General Assembly, New York, N.Y., 12 September 2002

Excerpted from: Schapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.