History/Social Studies

LDC affords social studies teachers the ability to design modules around primary and secondary source texts that align with their established curriculum. LDC templates “hardwire” Common Core Standards into module design, requiring students to use critical thinking skills to evaluate texts and improve their reading and writing skills. In addition, the LDC design process leads the teacher through selection of appropriate state grade content standards to ensure lessons are aligned with state requirements. See some examples below, or join us on LDC CoreTools to access the Exemplary Module Library from your own account!

“I tell all the kids that social studies—and being a historian—is not about knowing the information from memory. It’s about being able to utilize skills to go and find the information. I feel like that’s what this LDC module has done. Using the dictionaries and looking at the primary sources has really enhanced those abilities.” Kentucky social studies teacher


Three Religions, One Sacred Place

Students will learn the basics of three major world religions (Islam, Judaism, and Christianity) and connect them to geography by seeing how each religion places significance on one particular geographic location. Developed by Cosby Hunt, Jenna Fournel, and Dwayne Williams, this module includes a scoring guide showing why it is considered an LDC exemplar. (LDC Partner: Center for Inspired Teaching)

Environmental Impact of Pollution in Mexico City

How does the high pollution of Mexico City impact the people of the city? Developed by Georgia educators Nick Hanna, Cassie Todd, Robin Smith, and Missy Rayburn, this module asks students to research informational articles and environmental websites on pollution in Mexico City and write a report that examines the causes of air pollution and explains the effects on the health and welfare of the citizens. Includes a scoring guide showing why it is considered an LDC exemplar. (LDC Partner: Georgia Department of Education)

Television in the 1950s and 1960s

How did television impact life in the 1950s and 1960s? This module, created by Steve Goodrid, Jennifer Higdon, and Sharon Thurman of Daviess County, Kentucky, asks students to read informational texts and write an essay addressing this question and analyzing how television impacted American culture socially, economically, politically, and diplomatically. Includes a scoring guide showing why it is considered an LDC exemplar. (LDC Partner: Kentucky Department of Education)


Other exemplary modules you can access via our Module Library through LDC CoreTools include…

Did Lincoln Free The Slaves? (A Module on the Emancipation Proclamation & the 13th Amendment)

Justin Bailey (Magoffin County, Kentucky) with Chris Crouch, Rachel McCormick, and Susan Weston

Reagan in Moscow

Chris Crouch (Northern Kentucky Center for Educational Services) with Justin Bailey, Rachel McCormick, and Susan Weston

Individualism and Women’s Rights

Chris Crouch (Northern Kentucky Center for Educational Services) with Justin Bailey, Rachel McCormick, and Susan Weston

The Case for Revolution (A Close Reading Module)

Gary McCormick (Kenton County, Kentucky) and Susan Perkins Weston (LDC Design Team)

Comparing Economic Systems

Kathy Thiebes (Centennial High School, Gresham, Oregon) 

Alexander the Great

Dan Rau and Chad Thomas (Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Middle School) 

The British Industrial Revolution

Sara Ballute and Timothy Lent (High School for Service & Learning, Brooklyn, New York) 

FDR’s Case for War With Japan

Chris Crouch (Northern Kentucky Center for Educational Services) with Justin Bailey, Rachel McCormick, and Susan Weston

America’s Burden?… U.S. Imperialism (1890–1909)

Rachel McCormick and Stephanie Schneider (Kenton County, Kentucky)

Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain”

Justin Bailey (Magoffin County, Kentucky) with Chris Crouch, Rachel McCormick, and Susan Weston

Rich Enough to Give Us All a Farm: The Homestead Act of 1862

Susan Weston (Kentucky) with Justin Bailey, Chris Crouch, and Rachel McCormick

FDR and the Banking Holiday—Calm During Crisis

Rachel McCormick (Kenton County, Kentucky) with Justin Bailey, Chris Crouch, and Eleanor Dougherty

What Is the Fourth of July to the Slave?

Justin Bailey (Magoffin County, Kentucky) with Chris Crouch, Rachel McCormick, and Susan Weston