Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Steven Nourse

Second Committee Member

S. Schmitz

Third Committee Member

C. Gann


The purpose of this project was to create a yearlong unit for social studies that any teacher could pick up and implement into their classroom. It was designed using second grade standards, but can be modified for use in other grade levels. The units are integrated into all subject areas with the goal of teaching students about the community in which they live. It also was designed to create in the classroom an understanding of cultures different from their own. This will create a deeper understanding and awareness of diverse populations and their differences. The instruction of social studies education in the United States was also explored in this project. It looks at the history of social studies education starting in 1916 and moves to the present day. It then discusses the value of teaching social studies today, which is primarily citizenship development. Finally, it goes through the methods that have been seen to be most effective in meeting this goal.


Redacted pages from this Master of Education project’s PDF are available for review through the library Archives Department.