Support Social Studies Classrooms
Social studies curricula should provide students with an opportunity to see themselves represented in the curriculum and space to examine human nature, and to build historical and intellectual empathy. Help students make stronger connections to the world around them and grow into independent, adaptable learners. Gale In Context social studies content gives students the context they need to grasp the concepts they’re studying. From news articles of today, to primary sources of the past, learners have access to content that helps them go beyond memorization of dates and other basic facts toward skill building and information literacy. When students use knowledge to create understanding, that’s when transformation occurs.
For help engaging students with curriculum-aligned content, teachers turn to Gale In Context: For Educators. Here, users find material that supports state and national standards paired with ready-to-use lesson plans—all to make it easier to achieve instructional goals and meet the needs of diverse learners.
With the instructional support within Gale In Context: For Educators, teachers can:
- Engage students with a wide variety of primary sources, including informational texts from newspapers, magazines, journals, books, videos, images, podcasts, and learning activities—all aligned to the curriculum.
- Differentiate instruction with customizable lesson plans to suit the needs of students at all levels.
- Improve outcomes with built-in checks for understanding.
- Collaborate with other educators to ensure continuity within and across teams.
Access Trusted Content
Social studies education is more than memorization of historic facts. Gale resources support skill-building and the development of information literacy, across a breadth of content that includes financial literacy, sociology, government, and economics because while content is critical for gaining knowledge, developing source awareness and an in-depth understanding of the context of human events is even more important. Students seeking factual overviews can choose a reference source. Those wanting to see what people thought at the time can find a primary source. Students hoping to understand why a historical topic is still significant to the world today can consult news or magazine sources. This variety of sources brought together with intentionality enables well-rounded discussions about societal issues—with the necessary context and relevance.
Provide Essential Tools
Teachers and students benefit when content is available in digital resources that work for their individual needs. With the Gale In Context suite, school communities find:
- Efficiency. Integrate seamlessly into existing workflows, including learning management systems like Canvas, Schoology, and Google Classroom. Add to that the power of Google Workspace for Education and Microsoft 365 tools, which enable users to easily share, save, and download content—including highlights and notes.
- Accessibility. Search for content by Lexile range, translate content into more than 50 languages, and view text using the OpenDyslexic font or a variety of readability tools.
- Relevance. As standards and curricula change, your digital resources adapt to meet current and future goals.