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Teaching the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework: Exploring Inquiry-Based Instruction in Social Studies

BU114CoverSM.jpgTeaching the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework: Exploring Inquiry-Based Instruction in Social Studies

Edited by Kathy Swan and
John Lee, with Rebecca Mueller and Stephen Day
NCSS Bulletin 114, 156 pp.


This book is an indispensable guide for teachers implementing the C3 Framework. The book consists of model lessons contributed by 15 of the best social studies curricular organizations. Each lesson encompasses the whole of the C3 Inquiry Arc from questioning to action, engages students in a meaningful content experience that fits a typical curriculum, and needs between 2 and 5 days of instruction. Students collaborate, practice disciplinary literacy skills, and present their findings creatively. There are lessons for all grade bands from K-2 to 9-12.

The 15 lessons cover the range of C3 disciplines. Contributors examine the meaning of national symbols, the need to vote, and democracy in schools. There are economic analyses of the causes of the Great Depression and the historical impact of technology on productivity, as well as geographic perspectives on conflicts over rivers and American Indian responses to environmental challenges. Authors use primary sources to introduce historical topics ranging from the U.S. Constitution, immigration, and women’s suffrage, to the collapse of democracy in Nazi Germany and the U.S. civil rights movement.

This book is an essential resource for teachers seeking to put the C3 Framework into action.

Item# 140114 Price: $29.95/NCSS Members: $19.95

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