Instructional Resources

Get Social Studies Resources for a School

We support excellence in social studies instruction and promote civic engagement to help ensure all students are prepared to participate in our nation’s democracy, economy and workforce. Our goal is to give all public and private K–12 schools nationwide free electronic access to the Americans All program resources. They reflect the importance of diversity in social studies instruction. This information includes ethnic and cultural texts, period-specific photographs and posters and a music CD. Our foundation invests more than half of its membership fees in strengthening history and civics instruction. To simplify school registration, our contact database includes information on most of our nation’s public and private schools, and each is assigned an identification number. All schools need to do is designate a point of contact. In addition, when they register, teachers must provide us with their school’s identification number. Contact information is not shared or published.

Once teachers are registered for Americans All, they can join the program’s Social Legacy Network for only $4 per month. As a thank-you from the People of America Foundation for their support of social studies education, the first three months of that trial membership are free!

By joining the network, teachers can access grade-level-specific resource databases with information that supports state history and civics content standards. Embedded in these databases are links to other information to help strengthen learning opportunities and facilitate interdisciplinary connections. In addition, teachers can electronically access the Americans All collection that includes ethnic and cultural texts and songs, posters, hundreds of period-specific photographs, reference texts and grade-level-specific teacher’s guides. Moreover, sample lesson plans, simulations and test questions are offered. They can also take advantage of professional development opportunities that impart best practices for using these and other resources and also receive e-newsletters with information on legacy preservation and social studies education as well as life lessons and money-saving tips.

In addition, teachers are automatically enrolled in CollegeSave. This organization helps parents of newborns to high school juniors gain free access to college tuition discounts, practical college savings advice, a personal college savings roadmap and experts for homework help. Immediately upon joining the Social Legacy Network, they earn $1,750 in tuition discounts and receive an additional $250 for each month of their membership.

Contact information is not shared or published.

Click here to view the instructional video created by Dr. Gail C. Christopher and The Houghton Mifflin Company.

Click here if you want to become a school's point of contact, so your school can receive free social studies instructional resources.

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Resource Databases
 

State- and grade-level-specific resource databases reflect how each state teaches social studies at various grade levels and support content standards. They keep information accessible and timely and contain links to other appropriate information to strengthen learning opportunities and facilitate interdisciplinary connections.

Photographs
 

Authentic, period-specific photographs illustrate times and circumstances about which students are learning. These visuals can be a powerful catalyst for further study.

Simulations
 

Simulations deepen students’ understanding of a subject and stimulate their critical- and creative-thinking skills. These hands-on learning events prompt students to respond, enact roles and consider the consequences of their actions and decisions. This model can also involve community members in teaching and learning.

Lesson Plans
 

Teachers can access our Web site to find additional creative ideas for using the Americans All program resources and state resource databases. These exemplary lesson plans advance social studies instruction and often include tips to promote interdisciplinary learning.