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 while building 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 resources give students the context they need to grasp the concepts they’re studying across history, civics, geography, and more. 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.



Empower Educators

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 social studies resources, including primary sources, informational texts from newspapers, magazines, journals, books, videos, images, podcasts, and learning activities—all aligned to the curriculum.
  • Differentiate instruction with customizable lesson plans and age-appropriate, leveled content to suit the needs of every student.
  • 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 the memorization of historical facts. Gale social studies resources for students support skill-building and information literacy across a breadth of content that includes financial literacy, sociology, government, civics, and economics. 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 social studies resources 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 social studies resources for teachers and students 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.

Explore Resources

Teach about Landmark Court Cases Webinar

Gale In Context: U.S. History supports secondary student research into landmark court cases through reference materials, engaging multimedia content, primary sources, biographies, and more. View this webinar to explore how to best discover and leverage this content to support learning.

Teach Your Students About the Evolution of Human Rights with Gale In Context

Teaching high school students about human rights can be a challenge. Not only is the topic complicated, but it can also become controversial. However, introducing your students to human rights concepts helps them better understand history and develop more informed opinions on current social issues. Encourage your students to research and think critically about human rights history and its impact on the world by connecting them to authoritative content found in Gale In Context.

Discover Gale’s New Disinformation and Misinformation Portal

High school educators know that strong digital literacy is a cornerstone of successful education in the twenty-first century. As technology becomes ever more pervasive in the classroom after COVID-19, it’s important for students to learn how to maintain a responsible online presence and identify facts from biased or misleading information. Understanding how to navigate the digital world is instrumental to a child’s future success, but many schools don’t have the infrastructure or tools to fully embed these skills into their curricula.