Course Outline

Week
Topic
1
Aug. 23
  • Overview of Syllabus

  • Circle of Selves/ Autobiography in Education

  • Introduction to the Social Studies
2
Aug. 30
  • Planning for Instruction

  • The Context of Teaching Social Studies (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills)
Methods:
  • Big Ideas in History
  • Chunking Content
  • Curriculum Mapping
  • Unit & Lesson Planning
3
Sept. 6
U.S. History
Colonial American and the American Revolution

  • Historical Thinking & Historical Sources

Methods:
  • Causation & Camels
  • Survivor
  • Response Groups
  • Do-Now/Preview Activity
4
Sept. 13
U.S. History
Civil War Era
  • Digital History

Methods:
  • SCIM-C
  • SOAPS/APPARTS
  • Digital Historical Sources
  • Autobiography
  • Bumper Stickers
5
Sept. 20
U.S. History
World War II

  • Multicultural Education

  • Historical Sources, Photographs, Audio Recordings, Documents, & Music

Methods:
  • Perspective
  • Digital Historical Sources
  • Visual Discovery
  • Media Response Guides
  • Chronology/Significance
6
Sept. 27
World History
Overview of World History
  • What is world history?

  • Lecture

Methods:
  • Curriculum Mapping
  • Lecture and Note-taking
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Blooms Taxonomy
7
Oct. 4
Midterm Exam
8
Oct. 11
World History

Overview of World History
  • What is world history?
  • Lecture

Methods:
  • Curriculum Mapping
  • Lecture and Note-taking
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Blooms Taxonomy
9
Oct. 18
Geography


  • Assessment & Evaluation


Methods:

  • Test Writing
  • Types of assessment questions
  • DBQ’s
10
Oct. 25
Civics

Methods:
  • Debate
  • Discussion
Mock Trial
11
Nov. 1
Civics

Methods:
  • Issues Approach
  • Case Studies
  • Service Learning
12
Nov. 8
Economics

Methods:
  • Simulation
  • Problem-based Learning
13
Nov. 15
Behavioral Sciences

Methods:
  • Documentary film
  • Data-driven learning
14
Nov. 22
Thanksgiving Recess—No Class
15
Nov. 29
Final Presentations of Unit Plan
Final Exam
Dec. 13, 5:00-7:40

*All dates, topics and other information contained in the course schedule are subject to change by the professor.