New Jersey Department of Education

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New Jersey Student Learning Standards

Social Studies


Primary and Secondary Sources

Docsteach- is an interactive website developed by the National Archives which includes thousands of primary sources. The site features seven tools designed to teach specific historical thinking skills—weighing evidence, interpreting data, focusing on details, and more. Each employs interactive components including puzzles, scales, maps, flow charts, and others that teachers and students can tailor to their needs.

Library of Congress - offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.

New Jersey Historical Commission - provides short videos clips about important people, places, and events that are integral to New Jersey's history. In addition, the Educational Resources section offers topical frameworks to support the instruction of New Jersey History at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. In addition to background information and ideas for classroom instruction, there are related primary and secondary source materials and links included in the document.

Smithsonian Source - is a resource for teaching American history in grades 5 through 12. It includes the following: Images of artifacts and documents organized by historical theme, videos designed to introduce students of all ages to artifact analysis, document based questions and teacher-created lesson plans.

Curriculum Development

Annenburg- America’ History in the Making - explores American history content and classroom applications through the integrated use of video, text, classroom activities, and Web-based interactive activities. There are 22 units.

Annenburg- Bridging World History - explores world history content and classroom applications through the integrated use of video, text, classroom activities, and Web-based interactive activities. There are 26 units.

Digital History - offers teachers and students information and resources about American history including an online textbook, interactive timeline, multimedia, and primary source materials. It was developed in collaboration with the University of Houston, the Chicago Historical Society, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Electronic New Jersey - contains 23 curriculum units about New Jersey history and its relationship to major themes in U. S. and Global History. Electronic New Jersey provides students and teachers with access to content, instructional activities, and assessments using source materials drawn primarily from the Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives, as well as other New Jersey repositories and high quality online learning sites.

The New Jersey Amistad Curriculum provides a range of instructional tools (e.g., primary and secondary sources, activities, assessments) regarding African-American history and the contributions of African-Americans to our society. This web-based tool is free to New Jersey educators.

Teaching History - is designed to help K–12 history teachers access valuable resources and materials. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM).

World History for Us All – contains a world history curriculum for middle and secondary school teachers designed by San Diego State University and the National Center for History in the Schools of UCLA. The website contains a complete, ready-made curriculum, including lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations and other classroom resources.