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All About America - A collection of books and pamphlets exploring diverse aspects of U.S. life and culture, designed for an international audience and for immigrants. (2017, U.S. State Department)
Allies and Aliens AUDIO INTERACTIVE - 'It's 3065 and Earth needs you for an important mission. Do you have what it takes to help Earth make the right decision? Enter the world of Allies and Aliens and you'll find out!' Allies and Aliens is a fun way to learn about bias, stereotyping, misinformation and propaganda techniques found on the Internet and in other media. Middle school. (2005, Media Smarts)
Amazing Kids! - Stories of kids who are accomplishing amazing things in entertainment, arts, education, science, athletics, and community service. New stories featured monthly. Includes an online magazine with fiction, poetry, reviews, and articles about life in different parts of the world. (Non-profit organization)
Annenberg Classroom VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Free resources including over 65 videos on constitutional concepts and Supreme Court cases as well as games, lesson plans, timelines, downloadable books, a glossary, and a Constitution guide. For high school students and teachers (2008-18, Annenberg Public Policy Center).
Anthropology VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Fun activities, videos, games, and stories to help you learn about anthropology, 'the study of people everywhere - today, yesterday, and long ago.' There is a related page on Archaeology VIDEO INTERACTIVE, 'the study of past life through what's been left behind.' Elementary school and up. (American Museum of Natural History).
Congressional Award - 'The Congressional Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you would like to try for the first time. To earn the Award, you set goals in four Program Areas: volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition / exploration.' The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds, and is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. (2014-17, Congressional Award Foundation)
Critical Thinking Web - Online tutorials, quiz, and other materials will help you understand what critical thinking is, why it is important, and how to develop your critical thinking skills (2004-19; by Dr. Joe Lau and Dr. Jonathan Chan, University of Hong Kong). See also Logical Fallacies (Dr. Steven Novella et al., SGU Productions, LLC; site includes advertisements). High school and up.
Cyber Economics - 'A complete, online textbook for introductory economics. CyberEconomics is an easy-to-read approach to economics with a variety of interactive problems and questions.' For college or advanced high school students (1998 - 2013; by Robert Schenk, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Saint Joseph's College; site includes advertisements). See also Consumer Education & Money Management.
Edsitement History & Social Studies UPDATED LINK! - Links to learning resources for K-12; site also offers lesson plans & student activities (National Endowment for the Humanities).
Ethics: Applied Ethics VIDEO - Online resources (articles, cases, and links) examining ethical issues in a variety of situations and settings, including business, campus, government, environment, law, media, technology, and others. High school and up (2015, Santa Clara University). Ethics Unwrapped NEW! VIDEO is a collection of short videos and related learning materials on 'the science of everyday ethics - made easy, useful, and fun' (University of Texas; videos hosted on YouTube, site includes advertisements). See also Philosophy. Younger kids, see 4 Ethical Dilemmas NEW! (University of Washington).
Everyday Sociology Blog VIDEO - Jargon-free commentary by four sociologists and guest contributors 'on everything from politics, religion, race, and inequality to pop culture.' High school and up. (W. W. Norton & Company, book publishers)
Frontline VIDEO - Online documentaries and related background materials explore and illuminate 'the tough, controversial, and complex issues that shape our times.' Also includes podcasts AUDIO. High school and up. (WGBH / PBS; site includes advertisements).
Food: Our Global Kitchen [Click on the menu icon to navigate!] - An overview of the production, trade, preparation, and consumption of food around the world - past, present, and future. Middle school and up (2012, American Museum of Natural History). See also Fresh from the World: Where Your Food Comes From INTERACTIVE, for elementary and middle school (2008, University of Illinois Extension). Sustainable Table 'celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food... helps consumers understand the problems with our food supply and offer viable solutions and alternatives' (Global Resource Action Center for the Environment). Big Food VIDEO INTERACTIVE explores our evolutionary history, our complex food environment, and the serious health consequences of obesity; high school and up (2012, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History et al.). For lesson plans & related material about food, see Foodspan: Teaching the Food System from Farm to Fork (Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future). For more on the history of food and agriculture, see our History: Food & Farming links.
Globalization - Personal stories on various aspects of globalization, from people around the world. (1997 - 2009, Topics Online Magazine for Learners of English)
Good Manners - Basic lessons explain the reasons for practicing good manners, and teach you what good manners look like at home, at school, at the table, on the phone, etc. There is a related page on Respect. Use the dropdown menu to find more topics such as conflict resolution, peer group pressure, rights and responsibilities, telling lies, and others. For elementary and middle school students. (2015, Children, Youth & Women's Health Service, Government of South Australia).
Greater Good Science Center - An interdisciplinary research center devoted to the scientific understanding of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior. Includes an online magazine. High school and up. (University of California)
High School Journalism - See School Journalism, below.
Hot Topics - Lists of print resources and links to online information on current issues from abortion to terrorism; high school and up (2018-19, St. Ambrose University). See also Debating Matters, above, and EBSCO Points of View Reference Center.
Landmark Supreme Court Cases - Summaries, excerpts, and analyses of some major U.S. Supreme Court cases such as Dred Scott, Miranda, and Brown v. Board of Education. Includes interactive activities. High school and up. (2010, Street Law and Supreme Court Historical Society)
Media Smarts: Digital & Media Literacy - Resources for examining issues such as body image, diversity, violence, consumerism, gender roles, cyberbullying, marketing, privacy, video games, and much more. For K-12 students, parents, and teachers (2012-17, MediaSmarts Canada).
Multimedia Reporting - See School Journalism, below.
National Geographic Resource Library - Covers a wide range of topics in geography and related subjects. You can filter resources by subject & grade level, pre-K through college. You can also use the filter to access other types of resources such as activities, infographics, lessons, maps, photos, and videos. (National Geographic Society; sites include advertisements)
Newseum Digital Classroom VIDEO - 'Primary sources, interactives, videos and lesson plans bring history, journalism and the First Amendment to life for students.' Features interactive timelines, archival videos and downloadable historic front pages, with lesson plans for middle, high school and college teachers and students (Newseum news museum, Washington, D.C.). [NOTE: Free registration may be required for full access.]
Nuclear Weapons - Educational material describing nuclear weapons; how they work, their history, current numbers, and consequences (Swedish Physicians against Nuclear Weapons; non-profit organization). For additional history, see Atomic Archive and related links.
Peace Corps Stories - 'A window on what it's like to serve in the Peace Corps.' Includes blog posts by current & returned volunteers, staff, and thought leaders in international development. Searchable by country or keyword. (Peace Corps)
Philosophy: Encyclopedia of Philosophy - In-depth articles on philosophy and philosophers, arranged A to Z. High school and up (2019, Stanford University). See also Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (edited by Professor James Fieser, University of Tennessee, Professor Bradley Dowden, California State University, et al.). For general background on the philosophy of different periods, see The Sophia Project; includes original articles, primary source texts, and commentaries. High school and up (Michael S. Russo, Ph.D., Managing Editor). See also Ethics.
Photographs of Social Issues - See Social Issues Photographs.
Poverty in Focus VIDEO - A collection of interviews with low-income people in New Jersey. It shows the daily struggles faced by low-income people, and puts a human face to the issue of poverty (2018, Legal Services of New Jersey). Marketplace: Wealth and Poverty is an ongoing radio show focusing on political, educational, social, and economic aspects of wealth and poverty (Minnesota Public Radio).
Psychology: An Introduction - An online college-level psychology textbook (2017-18, by Dr. Russell A. Dewey, Georgia Southern University; site includes advertisements). Psychology Dictionary & Glossary for students offers definitions of terms, concepts and theories related to psychology and mental health; high school and up (2005-16; ITS Tutorial School, Hong Kong). Psychological Science 'Top 40 Playlists' VIDEO offers selected resources for teachers & students, on topics such as critical thinking, distracted driving, happiness, income inequality, meditation & mindfulness, prejudics, and many others (Association for Psychological Science). Social Psychology Network offers thousands of links related to psychology. You can search by keyword, or browse links by topic. High school and up (Dr. Scott Plous, Wesleyan University). Topic Resources: Social Psychology AUDIO VIDEO links to articles & other resources on topics such as aggression, altruism, relationships, conflict, gender, prejudice, the self, and more; high school and up (2000-19; created by Jon Mueller, Professor of Psychology at North Central College, Naperville, IL).
Public Agenda Discussion Starters - Citizen guides on current issues such as education, energy, health care, economy, immigration, and others. Each guide 'outlines different approaches to solving specific public policy problems, along with the pros, cons, & trade-offs of each choice.' Also offers related Multimedia Resources AUDIO VIDEO such as infographics and videos. NOTE: Factual information in older guides may be outdated. (2003-18; a non-partisan public opinion research and education group)
School Journalism UPDATED LINK! - Video tutorials, quizzes, lesson plans and other resources help teachers and students learn core journalism concepts; high school and up (American Society of Newspaper Editors). The Student Press Law Center AUDIO also has useful information and news for student journalists (non-profit organization). Deception for Journalism's Sake 'collects many decades of high-impact, sometimes controversial, mostly U.S.-generated journalism that used undercover techniques.' Covers themes such as prison infiltrations, slavery, poverty, migrant workers, hospitals & nursing homes, gender / class / ethnic impersonations, and many more; high school and up (New York University).
Service Learning Primer - A guide to the whys and hows of doing a community service project. Aimed at teachers, but material will also be useful to students planning a service project. Includes dozens of examples of projects for elementary through high school. Site is not regularly updated, so expect broken links (1994 - 2015, Live Wire Media, educational media producer).
Social Psychology - See Psychology links, above.
Social Science Glossary - Brief definitions of terms, arranged A to Z. High school and up. (2010 - 2016, Dr. Frank Elwell, Rogers State University)
Sustainability AUDIO - A collection of radio stories covering a wide range of current topics in environmental and economic sustainability, including energy, food production, jobs, and climate change. High school and up. (2019, American Public Media; site includes advertisements)
This I Believe - 'Americans from all walks of life share the personal philosophies and core values that guide their daily lives,' (2005-09, NPR; site includes advertisements). For advice on creating your own oral histories, see Oral History in the Digital Age: Getting Started; high school and up (2012, Institute of Museum and Library Services et al.).
Unicef News UPDATED LINK! - The latest news on issues affecting children across the world, and UNICEF's work for children, including press releases, multimedia content and other resources for journalists; suitable for high school and up. (United Nations)
Walk in My Shoes - Activities designed to help you understand what it feels like to grow older, what happens to our bodies as we age, and what is true and not true about aging and older people. (University of Illinois Extension)