Are you interested in integrating some engaging, interactive and informative online resources to augment your students learning experience in Social Studies? Here are three great ways to incorporate world geography, Constitutional rights, and U.S. Policy in the Middle East through gaming, cartoons, and interactive media.

  1. 10 Ways to Teach About Geography (New York Times Learning Network)
    The NY Times Learning Network does an excellent job in curating The NY Times’ multimedia content and suggesting great activities and applications for use in the classroom with direct alignment to  Common Core State Standards.  This particular lesson is a fascinating step-by-step approach to teaching students about world geography and demographics.
  2. “Do I have a Right?” – an  interactive game exploring Constitutional rights (icivics.org)
    Among the handful of creative games produced by iCivics.org, “Do I have a right?” is a really interesting approach to exploring which rights are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Participants step into the shoes of a lawyer and hear legal complaints from clients, and must then decide if the case should be brought to court.
  3. U.S. Policy in the Middle East: Analyzing Political Cartoons (choices.org)
    The Choices Program presents an interesting lesson on exploring U.S. political involvement in the Middle East through the lens of political cartoons. The lesson emphasizes media literacy and the techniques used by cartoonists to express political opinion.
  • Thanks for the link to our most popular game! We do have a total of 17 games, which I’d estimate as more than a “handful” (unless what you’re saying is that only a handful of our games are creative, which I’d understand 🙂 ), all about civics topics targeting middle schoolers (7th-grade reading level).

  • Thanks for the link to our most popular game! We do have a total of 17 games, which I’d estimate as more than a “handful” (unless what you’re saying is that only a handful of our games are creative, which I’d understand 🙂 ), all about civics topics targeting middle schoolers (7th-grade reading level).

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Matthew Green

Matthew Green produces and edits The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog, an online resource for educators and the general public. He previously taught journalism at Fremont High School in East Oakland, and has written for numerous local publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Email: mgreen@kqed.org; Twitter: @KQEDlowdown

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