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  Social Studies Topics
Find all the EHO resources available for a specific social studies topic in this section. Current topics include: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient History, Ancient Rome, Anthropology, Archeology, Asian History, Biography, British History, Christian History, Economics, Explorers, French History, General History, General Social Studies, Geography, Jewish History, Law, Middle Ages, Middle East Studies, Military History, Philosophy, Political Science & Government, Reformation, Renaissance, Sociology, Twentieth Century, US History, Vikings, World History, World Views, World Wars,
  Social Studies Departmental Articles  
  • 'Writing' History
    by Tammy Cardwell
    How do you help your child understand the lives of those who lived in the past when all they know is so completely different? Tammy Cardwell suggests a way that children can learn by writing history for themselves.
  • A Civics Scavenger Hunt
    by Tony Silva
    Online scavenger hunts have become a fun way of getting kids to learn more about a topic on the Internet. Tony, our social studies editor helps you create your own online/offline scavenger hunt that will get your kids involved in civics on a personal level.
  • American History Timeline Images
    by EHO Staff
    With a good printer you can download and print your own American history timeline images.
  • Black History Resources
    by EHO Staff
    A variety of resources to enhance your American History, African-American History, or Black History Month studies.
  • Character Studies in History
    by Tony Silva
    Shakespeare had a knack for making history meaningful. True, some may question the accuracy of his portrayals of historical figures and events, but the essential message of good and evil, loyalty and betrayal, and the pursuit of power are a part of his stories just as they are a part of history. I don’t mean to take anything away from the Bard in this article by suggesting that his works not be on your social studies reference shelf. Instead, I hope I can encourage you and your students to imitate his craft by turning a few history lessons into character studies.
  • Comic Strips and Political Cartoons
    by Sharon Jeffus
    Add interest to your study of the election or American political history by incorporating political cartooning into your lessons.
  • Cooking up a Cultural Lesson in the Homeschool Kitchen
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    The United States has many cuisines all clamoring for attention. It’s easy in most towns and cities to find a variety of ethnically oriented restaurants including Chinese, Mexican, and Italian. Large to medium sized metropolitan areas have many more cultures represented. Eating out at an ethnic restaurant is always an adventure. The tastes and smells, the decorations, and the staff of the restaurant provide a glimpse into the ethnic origins of the food served. If you live in small town America, your access to anything beyond those cultures listed above is rare. You can bring that experience to your home by exploring various cultural cuisines on your own.
  • Driven to Do Great Things
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Men like Ernest Shakleton and John Harrison are driven to do great things often at the expense of their families. What causes someone to develop a burning passion to do something that has never been done before is not easily determined. We can only be grateful that it does happen for we are the beneficiaries of their single-minded devotion and the sacrifices of their families. We’re also fortunate that the stories of several of these intrepid explorers and determined men of science have been turned into mesmerizing films.
  • Effective Decision Making
    by Tony Silva
    Election time is a great time to remind people that citizenship is a day-to-day responsibility. It's also a great time to recognize that it's never too late to make yourself aware of the political, social, and economic climate around you. A brief study of decision-making can be a fun way to help your child better understand what an effective citizen does besides vote at election time. The same principles can be used in other areas of life. This is true of all of the principles of leadership--they're really life skills for effective people.
  • Front Porch History
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Those passionate about studying their family genealogy are looking for and sometimes finding more than just cold facts about births, deaths, and marriages.
  • FrontPorch History
    by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
    Sharing stories of yesterday, what I call FrontPorch History, develops an intimate relationship between the past and us. It lends immediacy to history that has been sadly lacking in recent years, offering flesh and blood to cover the bones that are all that remain in most modern texts. FrontPorch History is a marvelous way to bring fascination to a potentially dull subject, but it accomplishes much more.
  • FrontPorch History: Telling the Tale
    by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
    "I close my eyes and drift on clouds of memory. Do I know where I am going? Perhaps. I may return to an oft-visited time, or I may stumble upon a memory long forgotten." Join Tammy Cardwell as she shows us how to practice the art of remembering to enhance our family history.
  • Geography for the Passionate or Merely Curious
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    The National Geography Bee is coming in May. At least six of the 2007 state winners are homeschoolers. Geography is one of those subjects that can either be relegated to the corner or deftly integrated into nearly every other subject studied. All it takes is a mindset that the world is a fascinating place that must be explored if not in person then through books, movies, television, and hands-on activities.
  • Good Citizens
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Our goal as homeschoolers is to see that our children develop these four qualities of good citizenship. We want them to become law abiding, productive citizens who invest themselves in their community and its government.
  • Helping Your Child Learn History
    by Elaine Wrisley Reed
    If you look for the meaning of "history" in the dictionary you may be surprised to find that history is not simply the past itself. The first meaning of history is "tale, story," and the second meaning is "a chronological record of significant past events." The opening of tales for children—"Once upon a time"— captures both the story and time nature of history.
  • Historic Games - Playing History
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    My favorite resources for adding interest to history stories are those resources that help children imagine what it would be like for them to live in a particular period of history. Games are a part of every child's life. Learning about the games played in other parts of the world adds a personal dimension to geography studies. Playing games that were played in Ancient Egypt or medieval England will do the same for history studies.
  • History in High School
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Whether you’re ready to do high school level surveys of American or world history or you’re planning to do work on more narrowly focused history topics, we have high school level resources for you to compare when planning your high school history curriculum.
  • History Trivia
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    History trivia is a welcome remedy to 'bored kid syndrome'. Get your kids started creating their very own trivia game, and they'll be busy for hours researching and writing trivia questions and putting together their game board and playing pieces.
  • How to Use Historical Fiction in Your History Studies
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Used as an adjunct to more traditional history study, historical fiction can give a feel for life during a particular period and flesh out events by providing an experiential point of view. They experience the hardships of the Middle Ages through the eyes and thoughts of Adam in Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray. The key is to select good historical fiction.
  • Joseph Goebbels to Michael Moore -- Propaganda in the Media Age
    by Tony Silva
    What is propaganda? How do we help our children recognize propaganda? Tony looks at how propaganda developed in the twentieth cnetury and how it's being used today. He then gives some suggested resources for teaching our children to think critically about all information that is presented to them.
  • Let’s Not Be Fooled
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Getting a tax refund this year? Makes that tax bite seem not quite so bad, but have you really thought about how much money you paid in income tax? Do you know exactly how long you unofficially work for the government to pay your annual tax payments before you begin putting money in your own pocket? April 23, 2008 is the official Tax Freedom Day calculated by the Tax Foundation. Americans spend nearly one-third of the year working to pay their taxes. I guess how you think of taxes depends on which numbers you look at and how you crunch them into pertinent statistics. Statistics can fool you. We’ve listed resources to help you learn how to deal with the many statistics bandied about in the news to increase yours and your children’s knowledge.
  • Living History - My Son Joined the Army!
    by Robin McDonald
    My 14-year-old son Michael recently joined the army.
    Okay, not really. Sort of. Only in a sense. He joined the 11th Texas Cavalry and decided to fight in a Civil War battle reenactment at Liendo Plantation, an old plantation that has been renovated, located between Houston and Austin.
    One of the things we recently discovered as a homeschool family is the fun of dressing up and reenacting events from history. This is a new hobby for us, but Michael, who still loves to play pretend, even as a teenager, catalyzed it. We're still learning the ropes, but it's great fun, and wonderful for hands-on learning, especially for those kinesthetic learners who have a difficult time with books.
  • Living History Adventures
    by Jean Hall
    If you’re a history buff, history comes to life in your imagination, but for kids who don’t have a foundation of fact or find history boring, history doesn’t seem particularly lively. Let Jean Hall share how you can eliminate the boredom from history studies.
  • Loving History: Part I
    by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
    History need not be a boring subject that you and your children merely endure. It can be a fascinating exploration that helps you better understand, and retain information about, the world you live in; you need only take advantage of some of the truly wonderful resources at your disposal.
  • Loving History: Part II
    by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
    What are the fun extras of history study, and how can you incorporate them into your busy homeschool schedule? Let Tammy Cardwell take you on a history adventure.
  • Make Your Own Trivia Board Game
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    We've supplied a color version and a black line art version for you to print and put together.
  • Maps, Maps, Maps
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Whether you're trying to find your way to a business in a part of town you don't frequent, or you're looking for the best route to Aunt Bessie's house three states away, maps are a useful part of every day life.
  • Online History Games
    by EHO Staff
    How do you make history fun? Turn it into a game. Here are some online games that will add a pinch of pizzaz to your homeschool history studies.
  • Our State Vacation
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    We finally took the trip we planned to study our state. Read about our adventures and browse through our photo album.
  • Patriotic Holidays: Resources to Celebrate
    by EHO Staff
    This is an updated listing of resources you may find helpful when studying about or preparing to celebrate one of the five patriotic holidays celebrated in the United States. You'll find a variety of resources that can be incorporated into your homeschooling lessons or activities that stand on their own. We also list reviews of our favorite patriotic holiday resources and point you towards more information and resources on the Internet.
  • Patriotic Resources
    by EHO Staff
    This is a collection of all the patriotic resources available at the Eclectic Homeschool Online in one handy location. Stuff for kids and parents. It's all here.
  • Playing Games to Learn About Elections
    by EHO Staff
    Play any of these election games to hold your own mock election.
  • Positively All-American
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Many of the traditions that have become staples of American family and community life were adopted from the many cultures that form our melting pot. Soccer, pizza, and burritos are all imports taken up with great gusto. There are some cultural traditions that are home born. Come explore five things that are positively all-American.
  • Presidents Unit Study Resources
    by Laura Carter
    Whether as a tie in to your American history studies or to get the most from current events, such as the presidential election, this article will point you to terrific resources to create your own unit study about the Presidents of the United States.
  • Red State, Blue State
    by Tony Silva
    As the 2004 election cycle ground to a close, there was considerable talk of the "red state, blue state" phenomenon. You probably saw some of the maps generated to represent this phenomenon. Tony takes a closer look at how to interpret these maps and how to dig deeper into demographics to learn how to draw useful conclusions.
  • Silver Dollar City
    by Sharon Jeffus
    C.S. Lewis, in the Chronicles of Narnia, describes a magical place where children pass through a door into "Narnia," a land of charm and delight. It is a place of a different time. Silver Dollar City is a real place that gives you a sense of discovering your own magical place.
  • Teaching Geography through Current Events
    by Tony Silva
    Last month, I explored ways to teach history through current events. Among the ideas I shared was the concept of a “political timeline.” This month, let’s take a look at how we can use current events to teach another important social studies subject – geography.
  • Teaching History Through Current Events
    by Tony Silva
    You've probably heard the old saying, "today's journalists are writing the rough draft of history." The idea that what we read in the paper now will have meaning 30 years from now is easy to grasp given the events unfolding in recent years. This article takes a look at how we can make history more interesting for our students by helping them understand that what we are living now is not only tomorrow's history, it was yesterday's future - and that is the basis for using current events to teach history.
  • Teaching with Primary Sources
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Written history is subjective. When we rely on another person's interpretation of historical facts or historical documents, we are relying on their ability to analyze the material they are presenting and to present it with an acknowledgement of their own biases. A tall order since many historians today present material in a way that reinforces their core assumptions. Those who want to dig deeper must turn to the primary sources themselves.
  • The American Girls and American History
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    There's a new American Girl, Kaya. Kaya's story takes place in 1764. She's a member of the Nez Perce tribe in the Pacific Northwest. Her tribe has yet to encounter European Americans.
  • Uncle John’s Tales
    by Maribeth Spangenberg
    When you sow service, you never know quite what you will reap. Maribeth shares how sowing time and service into an older relative’s life reaped a great and unexpected reward for her children, a reward that may await your family if you take Maribeth’s message to heart.
  • Using a Timeline for the Very First Time
    by Jean Hall
    I remember the spark. It was the moment when history came alive in our homeschool, when the children’s eyes brightened, they leaned forward, then got up from where they were sitting (on the couch, on the floor, upside-down in a chair) to gather around me.It was just a simple little thing, really. We were about to use a timeline for the very first time.
  • What's All This Noise?
    by Tony Silva
    Media bias has been "in the news" for some time now. Tony takes a look at what bias means, how we can learn to recognize it, and how content analysis is used to help weed out bias. Whether you find yourself on the right, left, or somewhere in the middle of the political spectrum, this article will give you the tools to help your children learn to be critical thinkers when it comes to understanding the daily news.
  • What's All This Noise? Part II
    by Tony Silva
    Propaganda as we experience it today is much subtler than the hammer-in-your-face political porridge offered up over the years. Propaganda has often been a tool of warfare that dates back to biblical times.
  • World Geography and Prayer Project
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    The World Geography and Prayer Project will take you through an entire year of world cultural geography and enhance the prayer life of your family. Yep it's a two-fer that takes very little in the way of supplies but will add immeasurably to the lives of your children.

Out and About - Social Studies Articles on the Web

  • Live Longer, Healthier, & Better
    by Rodney Stark Added: 6/27/2006
    The untold benefits of becoming a Christian in the ancient world.
  • Primary Skills
    by Mervyn Benford Added: 6/27/2006
    What can young children learn from history? Mervyn Benford believes that the answer is more than people give it credit for...
  • Why history and all that is a Good Thing
    by SEAN LANG Added: 6/27/2006
    Sellar and Yeatman were writing something far more complex than just a funny history book: they were taking off the whole simplistic, didactic manner in which English history was then taught to children. The language of history lessons and primers is guyed mercilessly, with medieval kings always dying of a surfeit of something, or being “driven into the bosom of the Pope” (to be traced with squared paper, compasses, etc.). The narrative is interrupted by the most banal judgements, in which everything is a Good Thing or a Bad Thing (although some Kings rather cleverly manage to be a Bad King (or Man) but a Good Thing, or vice versa).
  • Propaganda Resources on the Web
    by Bill Chapman Added: 2/14/2005
    January 24, 2005. There are links to a variety of items for evaluation. Some may surprise you as we often think of propaganda in negative terms. Be sure to visit the link for "Propaganda in the classroom."
More Out and About Articles

Our Latest Educational Links - Social Studies

  • The History of America
    James Madison wrote that “a people who mean to be their own governors must be armed with the power that knowledge gives”. In “Democracy in America” Alexis de Tocqueville noted that Americans of that time were far more knowledgeable about government and the issues of the day than their counterparts in Europe. Tocqueville wrote “every citizen receives the elementary notions of human knowledge; he is taught, moreover, the doctrines and the evidences of his religion, the history of his country, and the leading features of its Constitution”. The founders knew that only an educated populace, jealous of their rights, would be strong enough to resist the usurpation of their liberties by government. Today many people know nothing of our true history, or the source of our rights. The links below represent our ever growing collection of books and source documents designed to tell the tale of America without the filter of either the public education system or the media.
  • Idaho History
    Extensive Idaho history with over 600 photos and more being added almost daily. Lewis and Clark, The Oregon Trail, The Nez Perce Trail, geology, geography, vegetation, and wildlife.
  • Geography Quizzes
    Educational geography quizzes


Unit Study Articles

Unit Study Articles - Social Studies

Unit Studies - Social Studies

  • American Revolutionary War Unit Study
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    The wealth of online information about the American War of Independence makes this topic one of the easiest to create a low-cost unit study. Listed resources includes informational websites, timelines and timeline resources, online activities, lesson plans, history channel links, fiction and non-fiction books, and videos.
  • Apples Unit Study
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    If you're looking to try creating your own unit study, apples is a great topic for a first time, primary age unit study. Easy because there are so many resources already available that you can quickly pull together your unit study and spend little if any money in the process. Includes one possible two week unit study created from the resources listed.
  • Civil War Studies
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    During the period of our nation’s founding, the foundations of our country, who we are and how we do things, was laid. Despite a firm foundation, there were issues that arose afterwards that could have set this nation on a quite different path. We might have been two nations. The Civil War was fought for complex reasons, but the issue of slavery became the confluence for all these reasons. Monumental changes occurred during the war years, and study of that period informs our understanding of who we are as a nation no less than study of our early years.
  • Cows Unit Study
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    It always amazes me how much learning can come from an ordinary subjects like cows. Often we feel that our unit studies must cover an important educational subject, a period of history or area of scientific study. But the common things of life are rich in educational value. I’ve chosen the topic cows to demonstrate this point.
  • Economics Unit Study
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    I’ve come to believe that the reason politicians can get away with making grandiose promises about economic prosperity or falsely denigrating the opposition’s position on taxes or other economic issues is that Americans by and large do not understand even basic economics. I can’t say that my economics education was very thorough, but as you read through the list of economic concepts for elementary age students, you will most likely recognize and understand the terms that are used.
  • Elections Unit Study Resources & Reference Information
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Whether you plan an actual unit study on the topic of elections or need a handy place to look up answers to the questions your children may ask as the national elections draw near, the resources in the study will help you keep on top of the latest information.
  • Exploration Unit Study
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Exploration is a topic that can take you in many directions. You can easily incorporate science, history, and geography. In this Unit Study, we have included a variety of resources covering six sub-topics. Within each sub-topic you will find fiction and nonfiction books, as well as picture books, links to information and curricular websites carefully selected to represent the very best available on the Internet, and a variety of other useful resources such as software, videos and hands-on learning kits.
  • Government Unit Study
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    When approaching the study of US government it's very easy to fall into a stale textbook approach defining the three branches of government, memorizing the officials currently in office and reviewing the election process. It's a real pity to reduce this fascinating area of study into dry crusts when the day to day workings of our government can be so absorbing.
  • History of Christianity Unit Study
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    It is estimated there are over two billion Christians in the world today, and Christianity continues to grow especially in Africa and South America. Christianity began as a sect of Judaism whose followers believed that Jesus Christ was the Jewish messiah. The student of Christian history seeks to answer the questions of who Jesus was, what his purpose was, and whether he achieved that purpose especially as it relates to the doctrines and institutions of the Christian church.
  • Thanksgiving Unit Study
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    • Thanksgiving Lesson Plans
    • Thanksgiving and Fall Crafts
    • Thanksgiving Websites
    • Thanksgiving Hymns
    • Thanksgiving Books and Stories
    • Thanksgiving Videos
  • Vikings Unit Study
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    We often think of the Vikings as fierce warriors swooping down on coastal communities in their longships, plundering and striking fear in the hearts of their peace loving neighbors. But is this image correct? The Vikings did raid throughout Europe but they were also international traders trading as far away as Istanbul and founding trading cities in Scandinavia, Ireland and England.
  • World War II Unit Study
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    There are abundant resources for studying World War II online. Whether you are a military history buff, a high school student looking to supplement your world history or American history studies, or a homeschool mom creating your own World War II unit study for your younger children, you won't need to look far to get detailed resources suited to your purposes.
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