Oregon Department of Education
Teaching and Learning
Social Sciences - Curriculum & Instruction
Social Sciences - Curriculum & Instruction
Education in the social sciences aims to help students develop as rational, humane and productive citizens in a democratic society. Four elements of social studies education are necessary to help develop such citizens-knowledge, skills, values and participation. Democratic values, such as freedom, equality and due process, are the core of our national experience. Students should be involved in the thoughtful examination of ideas, viewpoints,
Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Updates
Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Updates - E-Newsletters
The Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Update is a monthly e-newsletter that provides teachers and other educators with information about professional development opportunities, teacher and student competitions and awards, and lectures, concerts, and exhibitions. Distributed by listserv the current issues are posted here.
Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Updates - Archives
The Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Update is a monthly e-newsletter that provides teachers and other educators with information about professional development opportunities, teacher and student competitions and awards, and lectures, concerts, and exhibitions. Distributed by listserv past issues are posted here.
Civics and Financial Education Task Force
The Civics and Financial Education Task Force was established by the 2007 Oregon Legislature through the passage of HB 2584. The Task Force will study and make recommendations about how to increase and improve civics and financial education in kindergarten through grade 12.
Glossary of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Terms
The glossary contains definitions for a variety of terms used across program areas.
Adopted Instructional Materials
Instructional materials on this page are reviewed using specific criteria and formally adopted by the State Board of Education.
Social Sciences Introduction
07/01/2002 (9.15 KB)
Content Standards Overview
07/01/2002 (7.37 KB)
Possible Organizing Structures
07/01/2002 (11.05 KB)
Research on Learning
07/01/2002 (12.43 KB)
Social Sciences - Effective Practices
03/03/2008 (41.38 KB)
Teaching the Civil Rights Movement
Gilder Lehrman Preserve American History Teacher of the Year Award
The Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award honors outstanding teachers of American history across the country.
Additional Teacher Resources
(by Subject Area)
Center for Digital Storytelling
The Center for Digital Storytelling is a California-based non-profit arts organization rooted in the art of personal storytelling. We assist people of all ages in using the tools of digital media to craft, record, share, and value the stories of individuals and communities, in ways that improve all our lives.
Draft Social Science Analysis in the Classroom
06/29/2004 (78.86 KB)
Sample classroom activities or assignments that support the instruction and practice of the social science analysis content standards and scoring guide dimensions.
Educating the Heart: Lesson Plans for the Peace Study
The lesson plans developed for the Educating the Heart Youth Summit to promote the study of peace and Nobel Peace laureates.
Lewis & Clark links to Social Science Standards K-12
12/10/2002 (15.56 KB)
The Lewis & Clark Expedition can be used to teach to Civics, Economics, Geography, History and Social Science Analysis at a variety of grade levels.
Materials by Subject
01/13/2005 (80.70 KB)
National Student Parent Mock Election
Get information and materials about the Mock Election program!
Social Sciences 9/21/04 Video Conference PowerPoint
Social Studies Report versus Social Sciences Analysis
01/27/2006 (56.72 KB)
The Topic Statement Makes the Difference!
Social Sciences Teacher Leaders
A contact list for a cadre of social science teacher leaders (workshop facilitators, professional developers).
The Oregon Encyclopedia
The Oregon Encyclopedia is an authoritative and free resource on all things Oregon, from the expected to the unexpected. Learn more about the people, places, events, and institutions that define the history and culture of Oregon.
The Oregon History Project
An online resource for learning about Oregon’s past. In these pages, historians and writers can help you explore the history of Oregon through the perspectives of the people who helped shape Oregon. Teachers and students can browse the Learning Center for suggestions on interpreting and researching historical records and for first-person accounts written by students and teachers who have studied and taught Oregon history.
Teaching American History Grant Application Information
Please see the U.S. Department of Education website at
for information regarding the program and application process.
Data, Operations and Grant Management - Ed. Specialist, Social Sciences Curriculum and Advanced Placement Incentive Prog