Hi! It’s Thursday, May 23, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 11-18 (about middle school through high school, with parental supervision)
This website provides primary source materials, lesson plans, audio and video presentations, and supplementary resources such as worksheets and links to other informative websites to help classroom teachers teach U.S. History. Most of the material can be adjusted for use in the homeschool environment.
When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message accompanied by a menu on the left side of the screen. Click on “How To Use This Site” to read an outline of what the site provides. Then, simply click on the topics of interest from the menu that includes:
- American Revolution
- Indian Removal
- Isaiah Thomas – Patriot Printer
- Life in Antebellum America
- Temperance Reform in the Early 19th Century
- The Dred Scott Decision
- The Kansas-Nebraska Act and Bleeding Kansas
- The Second Great Awakening and the Age of Reform
- War of 1812 and the Hartford Convention
- Westward Expansion
As you click on each topic a new page opens. There is some inconsistency in the format that can be a little confusing. Some pages open to a splash page, others open to a menu of choices, and others open to a page with a brief overview. On the latter, it may look as though there isn’t any information – but look on the menu on the left side of the screen and you’ll see that under that topic is a highlighted drop-down menu from which you can select lesson plans and resources.
This site is deceiving. It contains a vast amount of content assembled by teachers and museum curators as you will discover once you start clicking through the resource links. Plan to spend some time here to pinpoint the materials you’ll want to use to supplement your study of U.S. history.