Early Secondary Lessons (6-8)

RCOE is committed to providing resources to help History Social Science teachers follow the recommendations of the California History Social Science Framework. The framework provides guidance for teaching California’s History Social Science standards and the literacy standards in History Social Science. Each resource below provides a brief introduction followed by links to grade-level resources provided by the external site.

Teach With Magic

Teach with Magic is the teaching website of Mr. Kevin Roughton, a middle school teacher in Riverside County. In 2017, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) named him as a California Outstanding Teacher of American History, in 2016 California’s Council of Social Studies named him the Outstanding Middle Level Educator, but RCOE knew he was a rising star back in 2011 when he was named RCOE’s teacher of the year. Mr. Roughton provides his entire curriculum broken down into unit plans for both 7th and 8th grade. Mr. Roughton embraces inquiry in his classroom by providing history labs for his students to participate in.  These experiential events allow students to dive into history and truly immerse themselves in historical thinking as they take on the role of historians in an attempt to understand some of histories’ mysteries.

Choose your own adventure: Mr. Roughton provides over 70 different activities that teachers can utilize as alternative means for students to demonstrate understanding and construct meaning in any history social science class.

Vignettes by Grade Level

These Vignettes are model lessons taken straight out of the CA HSS Framework. Each grade level is hyperlinked to the grade level chapter of the framework to provide context in addition to further reading opportunities. Each vignette has the traditional HSS framework coversheet, followed by the essential questions to be answered via grade level disciplinary ventures into History Social Science. The following pages contain the vignette. You’ll be able to see the title for the vignette in a blue box as well as the rest of the vignette with a blue line surrounding it.

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Teaching California

The California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) partnered with the  California Historical Society (CHS)  to furnish grade level appropriate sources to help students understand the Compelling Questions that are posed in the California’s HIstory-Social Science Framework This site provides “the what” to teachers who are looking to improve student reading, writing and critical thinking while inspiring them to discover the past.

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8