SEL in History & Social Studies

History often requires high-level thinking skills, like analyzing multiple sources, evaluating cause and effect, or making comparisons between cultures or different time periods. Students can sometimes be intimidated by history because it seems like memorizing facts from a long time ago. Not true!

In fact, history is more like studying a collection of stories and trying to make sense of them. Instead of simply regurgitating facts, students today are asked to analyze historical events and draw their own conclusions. SEL skills like listening, empathy, and considering diverse perspectives can help students better understand history. There are many ways to use social emotional learning to support History classes! In this resource, you’ll receive three fun and engaging activities to help support social and emotional skill development alongside history knowledge. Available in English and Spanish.

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