Teaching social studies

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Check out this curated selection of unique, adaptable, totally free social studies lesson plans developed to make learning exciting, fun, and relevant.

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Create a government communication to share important news

Students use Adobe Spark to mock up hypothetical government communications.

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Produce a video about government and civics

Students use Adobe Spark to film reflections on how the government uses technology to communicate.

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Build a click restraint portfolio to consider source credibility

Students use Adobe Portfolio to create portfolios demonstrating their understanding of credible sources.

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Film an oral history video for future generations to find

Students use Adobe Spark to create an oral history document of the present moment.

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Create an animated image to teach others about click restraint

Students use Adobe Photoshop to create animated GIFs teaching others about click restraint.

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Create an infographic to contextualize an online claim

Students use Adobe Spark to explore how online claims reflect an author's motivation.

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Design an infographic comparing news and opinion

Students use Adobe Photoshop to understand the relationship between news and opinion.

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Create a web page about social media and protests

Students use Adobe Spark to analyze how social media facilitates participation in protest movements.

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Present a climate change issue that affects your community

Students use Adobe Spark to present on a climate change issue that affects them today.

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Design a web page to pitch a social impact stock portfolio

Students use Adobe Spark to create social impact portfolios and pitch them to potential clients.

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Film a political advertisement for a fictional campaign

Students use Adobe Spark to create their own campaign advertisements.

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Produce a video about the importance of identifying sources

Students use Adobe Spark to explain why you should always research sources for information.

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Design an infographic to show the history of a reform movement

Students use Adobe Spark to show how a reform movement achieved results.

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Illustrate an argument on a social or political issue

Students use Adobe Premiere Rush to create a short mash-up video visualizing an argument.

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Develop a web page to investigate a Sustainable Development Goal

Students use Adobe Spark to research, write, and illustrate narratives about sustainability.

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Develop a web page to consider how protests create change

Students use Adobe Spark to analyze the political and social impacts of protests.

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Design a "starter pack" meme for a subculture

Students use Adobe Spark to show how cultural signifiers both reflect and shape identity.

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Produce a video to share your political stump speech

Students use Adobe Spark to learn about, create, and share political stump speeches.

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Narrate a "How I use the Internet" video

Students use Adobe Spark to explore the various ways the internet impacts their lives.

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Design a current events newsletter

Students use Adobe InDesign to create newsletters collecting their writing about current events.

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Excite students with creative resources for teaching social studies

In this collection of flexible social studies lesson plans, designed by and for educators, students dig into the complexities of social structures, governments, and the human experience. Using a combination of lesson plans and digital tools, students apply knowledge to a variety of topics, including the importance of community, the complexities of international civic life, and the role of the individual in creating a shared future. Beyond disciplinary skills and content knowledge, our resources for teaching social studies provide the opportunity for students to develop attitudes that will enable them to become informed and responsible citizens. As educators, it's our goal to provide students with purposeful learning experiences that reflect contemporary society and to teach students about the power they have to effect change in their communities and the world.

Also, these resources for teaching social studies are designed to not just improve content acquisition, but also to teach students critical 21st-century skills and literacies that will serve them well throughout their education and into their careers. Our social studies lesson plans are written with the end goal of sparking independent critical thinking and developing students' abilities to solve any problem. Our strategically curated social studies resources infuse creativity into the social studies classroom and use student individuality and voice to inspire social action.

Spark creativity with our social studies lesson plans

Our education team is committed to providing you with the tools you need to engage, excite, and challenge students of all ages. The introduction of digital tools into every social studies lesson leads to rich learning experiences for students and fosters a fun and immersive learning experience by incorporating 21st century skills and competencies into the social studies classroom. Our social studies lesson plans spark creativity, excitement, and critical thinking, so students become completely immersed in the content they're learning. From hands-on activities to creating presentations, podcasts, and videos, our digital media tools will challenge students to find creative applications of their knowledge.

Whether you're teaching social studies online or in the classroom, our education team is committed to providing you with the tools you need to challenge students. Each of our free resources comes complete with step-by-step tutorials to help save you prep time. Even better, our social studies activities, lessons, and projects are designed to be highly flexible, making it easy to find a social studies lesson plan that matches your teaching style or learning goals, or to mix and match content and project types to find a perfect match. Whatever your classroom needs, software licenses, or device types, browse our curations for social studies activities, lessons, and projects that can be seamlessly integrated into your class.

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Creatively teach social studies with the help of our digital tools and platforms. For example, encourage students to record an inspiring video about their community or create a PSA. Motivate your students to think deeper and expand their understanding of history, societal relations, civics, and more. Use our resources to introduce digital literacy into the classroom and inspire students to use their creativity to learn new content more deeply.

Use the Adobe Education Exchange course, Design your Creative Class, to prepare creative, fun, and engaging social studies lesson plans. Additionally, to excite and engage your students, you can use our resources for teaching social studies. Our resources are designed to challenge students to expand on their learnings through the creative use of digital tools.

Freely browse the curation pages on the Adobe Education Exchange to find resources for teaching social studies lessons that are in alignment with your curriculum and teaching goals. Whether you’re an elementary teacher looking to inspire young learners or you're teaching in higher education, we have many exciting resources designed to captivate students’ attention.