What is the Social Studies ePLC?

The Social Studies Professional Learning Community is designed to offer time for Social Studies teachers who teach 8th grade Social Studies across the state to collaborate, to learn what’s new, and to discuss issues related to content, curriculum alignment, standards, and testing.

Overview of the ePLC

Teachers often struggle to translate the unit bundle of TEKS into lesson themes and then into daily lesson plans. The goal of these webinars is to facilitate constructive conversations about how to make the content in the TEKS comprehensible for students and provide methods for students to develop pathways for recall. The ePLC includes:
  • Recorded webinars that facilitate a PLC session for each major topic or era
  • Each topic will consist of two 15-30 minute recorded webinars: Content/Process and STAAR/Evidence of Learning
  • Creative methods for sharing resources and ideas with other Social Studies teachers throughout the state 
  • Resources at your fingertips
With each webinar you will MAPP:
  • Map the TEKS
  • Analyze data/released tests
  • Purposefully use the processes
  • Plan instruction

Topics for 8th grade

  • Facilitator Implementation Guide
  • Introduction for Teachers
  • Exploration and Colonization
  • American Revolution
  • Constitution
  • Early Republic
  • Age of Jackson
  • Westward Expansion
  • Industrialization
  • Reform and Culture
  • Sectionalism and Civil War
  • Reconstruction