This site is designed to assist teachers in the state of Maryland access materials and resources that will enable them to deliver social studies instruction that is consistent with the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP).

This project is an outgrowth of our work with teachers from Baltimore City and our work with students at Towson University. As we have integrated the Internet into our own teaching and learning, we noticed that many students and current teachers had very limited knowledge of the Internet.

We realize that the most important factor in using the Internet is time. Time to look, time to search, and time to read and validate. As we approached this project, we decided that our site should provide a service to teachers and students. Our goal is to save your valuable time. We have spent a semester locating example lesson plans, information, and resources that link the Internet and the MSPAP Social Studies Indicators. Our linkage of the Internet resources and the MSPAP Social Studies Indicators means that a classroom teacher or a teacher education student can log on to our Website, and have the opportunity to enter the Internet in a controlled environment with our assistance in finding the important ideas, lesson plans, and resources. Our Website is a beginning, a place to start. As you become more advanced and able to find resources, we encourage you to spend time and effort improving on our idea. If you would like advice and help on how to search, go to the Best of Searchable Social Studies Sites. In addition, as you use this site, we would appreciate any comments that can make this site more useful to teachers and teacher education students.

 Listed on the pages that follow are the:
MSPAP Social Studies List of Outcomes and Indicators: Grades K-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 6-8

Maryland High School Assessment Social Studies Core Learning Goals

and links to example lesson plans and resources that will assist teachers in developing classroom instruction that is consistent with the outcomes, indicators, and goals.

For historical background information on the MSPAP and the High School Assessment click on the appropriate item.

The purpose of this site is to provide links to Internet resources that will assist teachers in developing curriculum, units, and lessons that meet the state outcomes and goals for social studies instruction. The site provides access to up-to-date content information and ideas for teaching strategies consistent with sound social studies instruction.

Every effort has been made to find resources and lesson plans that are consistent with sound social studies instruction. However, selection of links is not intended to endorse a particular Internet site or resource. Our web pages are intended to be used as a starting point for further development of effective classroom material. Each teacher must use her/his professional judgement as to how to implement this information in social studies instruction.

General contact information:
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Towson University
College of Education
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001
Revised January, 2002

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Please forward any questions, comments, or outdated link information to
Dr. Greg Bryant or Dr. David Vocke. Thank you in advance for your help.