Curriculum Forms & Templates for History Ed Courses & CI 3100 (Methods)

Student Teaching Documents

Advice: Before & During Student Teaching

State & National Standards for Social Studies

History/Social Studies Pedagogy & Teaching Resources

Teaching History with Technology


Curriculum Forms & Templates for History Ed Courses & CI 3100 (Methods)

Students in HIS 3626, 3630, 3524, and Special Topics courses for History Education must use the following curriculum documents and templates for coursework.

Download/save these files to your computer BEFORE working on class assignments.

[NOTE: History Ed majors enrolled in CI 3100 will use the slightly modified version for edTPA Lite]

History Education Courses

CI 3100 (Methods) - edTPA Lite version


Student Teaching Documents & edTPA

Unit Map and Lesson Plan Templates - non-edTPA Units

Weekly Schedule (completed each week of student teaching, and uploaded to AsU Learn no later than Friday for the upcoming week)

EDTPA! edTPA Curriculum Templates (Unit Map and Lesson Plans)

  • edTPA Template to Submit: Unit Map with up to Five (5) Lesson Plans and Cover Sheets.  (DOCX, 45KB) / Google Doc Version
    • All History/Social Studies Education student teachers must use our edTPA template. 
    • Unlike the normal student teaching version, which runs horizontal, this edTPA version runs vertical. It also contains the one-page Lesson Plan cover sheet, and the language substitutes "Purpose/Rationale" for Alignment to Standards and Objectives."
      • For edTPA, you must address purpose and rationale in a separate commentary.
    • All submissions must meet the range of 3-5 lessons. If you do not need 5 lessons, delete 1-2 blank lessono plans and cover sheets . 
  • Variant: edTPA template and cover sheets Google Doc Version
    • If you have a mix of one- and two-day lesson plans, simply delete the "Day 2" section as needed.

REMEMBER: your edTPA submission cannot exceed 20 pages total. Aim for 2-3 pages per ASU History Dept. Lesson Plan + one-page RCOE Lesson Plan overview. That's total of 3-4 pages per lesson. Please note, you cannot exceed 4 pages per lesson (RCOE lesson overview + History Dept. lesson plan). We recommend keeping the Unit Map at the end for edTPA readers; however, cut it out if you design 5 lesson plans and reach 19-20 pages.

RCOE Lesson Plan Overview Sheet - explained (please read) (PDF, 54 KB)

edTPA for Secondary History/Social Studies Unpacked

  • Explanation of how Unit Map (PDF, 64 KB) provides material for RCOE Lesson Plan Overview Sheet
  • Overview of Academic Language (PDF, 2 MB) in secondary History/Social Studies
  • This edTPA brochure (PDF, 5.5 MB) provides an overview of the 3 categories (planning, instruction, assessment) and 15 rubrics - 5 per each category - you will be assessed in order to successfully pass student teaching.
  • Very useful! >> Sample Commentaries and more useful resources at

Observations: HEP Faculty & Staff will use the History Dept. Observation Form to conduct your classroom visits.


Advice: Before & During Student Teaching

Contacting your CT: Make your first contact with your cooperating teacher/school by writing an introductory email. First impressions matter!

edTPA: Read our edTPA brochure (PDF, 5.5 MB) as soon as the first week of CI 3100 (Methods), and again before you begin student teaching.

First Weeks of Student Teaching

  • Upload your weekly schedule on AsULearn by Friday. Email your first schedule to, then post to AsULearn each week afterwards. Schedules are always emailed/posted for the following week.
  • Submit (Post) your lesson plans on AsULearn
    • Use the HEP Unit Map and Lesson Plan templates (links above)
  • Contact your History Dept. and/or RCOE supervisor immediately if you are running into problems, or have questions.
  • Begin designing & planning your edTPA  unit and lessons. Meet with your CT and discuss which unit will be your edTPA submission as soon as possible.
    • Select your unit
    • Design your lessons
    • Follow instructions - provided through RCOE, your RCOE supervisor, and on AsULearn

Professional Etiquette & Responsibilities

  • Stay in touch with your cooperating teacher, RCOE supervisor, and Academic supervisor (History Dept.) at all times.
    • Contact all 3 supervisors if you will be late, or out sick, no later than 6:00AM that day.
    • Inform your CT of the mandatory meetings at App State in August, September, and mid-October (Fall) / January, February, and mid-March (Spring).
  • Dress, behavior (on and off campus), and your digital identity: Always look and act professional. This is your longest job interview!
  • Non-classroom responsibilities: Fulfill before- or after-school duties, attend sporting events, and be involved with your school as your schedule permits.
  • Research - As a professional educator, it is important to continue researching History content and pedagogy. Look for model lesson plans, teaching history strategies, attend conferences (like NCCSS), sit in on professional development workshops, and continue reading scholarship from historians.
    • Professional Organizations to consider joining: North Carolina Council for Social Studies (NCCSS) and the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS).


State & National Standards for Social Studies

NC Essential Standards for Social Studies; for more detailed unpacked standards use the PDF links below

NC Final Exams - click on Released Items for sample test items and Test Specifications for the percentage of test items per Essential Standard

National C3 Framework for Social Studies - Dimension 2: History (PDF, 51 KB) / Dimension 2: All Social Studies (PDF, 74 KB)


History/Social Studies Pedagogy & Teaching Resources

US History

World History 

All History 

Social Studies

North Carolina (8th grade)

  • ANCHOR (a NC History Online Resource)

Civics & Economics

AP courses

  • AP Central - The College Board website
    • Online Textbook: WikiBooks: A Survey of Modern European History (AP European History)
    • Many AP courses have an online PLC on either Facebook, Twitter, or Google Drive. Discuss getting access to these resources with your CE. 


Teaching History with Technology