High School Social Studies Lesson Plans
- Comparing Oil Spills - Oil spills
have devastating consequences, both for the environment and for
communities. In this lesson, students compare the Exxon Valdez spill
with the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They look at similarities
and differences in the way it happened, how it was contained, and
how long it took (or will take) to repair the damage.
- Debate on Television's Influence on
Culture - This activity will give students an opportunity to
debate that question. They will work together to research information
and present it in a persuasive argument before a panel of judges.
Time of Crisis: The Black Death - The learner will investigate social
and economic organization in various societies throughout time in order
to understand the shifts in power and status that have occured.
Politics - Group up with a partner Today's assignment will be an analysis
of current events.
India Test - The purpose of this test is to assess the student's knowledge
on life in ancient India, cultural traditions, and various historical
movements that helped to shape life on the subcontinent.
Greece - Students will acknowledge the role of geography in the formation
of Greek city-states which ultimately led to a lack of political unification.
of The Renaissance - The student will understand the influence of
the European Renaissance.
of Rights - Evaluate how the Bill of Rights extended the Constitution.
of the Revolutionary War - The actions and reasoning behind the actions
that lead to the Revolutionary War.
of Africa - The learner will be able to describe each civilization,
identify each characteristic of civilization, compare and contrast each
Exhange - Identify the areas where the Spanish and Portoguese gained
control Describe the Concept of Columbian Exchange.
Events and The Newspaper - To increase student awareness of current
events at local, national and international levels.
Earth - Students will be able to identify the 4 layers of Earth and
describe their unique characteristics.
of the 1929 Stock Market Crash on Different States - This lesson helps
students understand the effects the 1929 stock market crash had around
the nation. Students will research how the crash affected a particular
state and present their findings to a mock committee who will judge which
states need help the most.
of Fighting Tactics in American History - This lesson will help students
visualize the different wars America has been involved in and the fighting
styles of each one.
Admendment - At the end of this lesson students should be able to
explain the importance of freedom of religion, describe the differences
between the establishment and free exercise clauses in the First Amendment.
Fathers - Apply absolute and relative chronology through the sequencing
of significant individuals, events, and time periods.
Pizarro - Students will research the accomplishments of Hernen Cortes
and the characteristics of effective leaders.
Relations - Students will develop an understanding of the anxiety
level during this time for Canadians.
the Jews - German sympathizers hid many Jews from the Nazis. This
lesson gives students a taste of what that is like. They are responsible
for hiding a classmate from the Nazi officer who will come to the classroom
sometime during the week.
The Cold War Started - Describe events that led to Soviet dominance
in Eastern Europe.
- Students will be able to relate to the immigrant experience through
a discussion of Panchito, as well as the experiences of friends and family
Then and Now - America is made up of immigrants, but how many of us
know the process a person goes through when they want to come here? This
lesson asks students to research immigration patterns from the late 1890's
Rebellion - Students will research and report on the Inca uprising
from the point of view of either the conquistadors or the Incas.
to Apple Mini Unit - To introduce the in-depth study and assess prior
knowledge of apples.
to Progress Unit - Students will be able to understand the purpose
of the upcoming unit and contribute to its development.
Destiny - Students should become familiar with key figures and dates
Discuss the reasons behind the westward expansion of the United States.
Empires in North America - Students will understand why the French
moved inland from the coast.
English Heritage - Students will learn how America had formed their
ideas of self-government and where their idea of a system of law came
in Societies - Students will be able to understand the importance
of different cultures (Afican Americans, Hispanic Americans, American
Indians and Asian Americans) within the United States.
Techniques - How do political Parties use propaganda techniques to
create influence the way people vote ina general election.
a Tourist Brochure - The student will be able to create a brochure
highlighting one tourist area in their state.
And The Exploration Of The World - What factors make up an Empire?
Is Portugal an Empire? Why or why not?
and Secondary Sources - The lesson begins with an activity that helps
students understand the historical record.
Reform Era - Students understand how economic factors have influenced
a Volcano - This project asks students to study the effect a volcano's
eruption has on the cities and towns immediately surrounding it.
of the Civil War - Students will be able to identify key political
figures and several key concepts of the era.
Era - Have a class discussion about how we gained our freedom and
what we are able to do now that we have our freedom.
- Students will get to experience segregation first hand in this lesson.
They will be arbitrarily divided and one side will be treated better than
Ancient Egyptians - To understand the importance of the contributions
made by the ancient Egyptians and how they effect society today.
Black Death - Student will be able to understand how the Black Plague
led to the Renaissance and the church's weakening influence in Western
The Emergence Christianity - Student will understand the importance
of monotheistic religions at that that time, as well as, the impoertance
ofit today with relation to past and present.
Emergence Judaism - The student will understand the importance of
monotheistic religions at that time.
Forbidden City - In this lesson, students take a tour of the Forbidden
City and then draw a map of what they see. Using the online tours they
are able to see so much more than a picture in a textbook can show them.
Korean War - The student will understand the origin of the Korean
war, as well as its lasting effects.
Nation's First governement - Who should have the control in Government?
Tet Offensive - The students will have a better understanding of the
offensive and why the media was on the military's side until Tet.
Vietman War Through Music - The one major goal of this lesson is to
give students a better understanding of different points of view on such
a catastrophic war.
History: World Religions - Students will be introduced to the three
main religions of the world: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
50 High School Social Studies Lesson Plans