Zoom In: Free Online Tool

EDC’s free, online Zoom In social studies resource helps students build literacy and historical thinking skills through “deep dives” into primary and secondary sources. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the tool’s 18 engaging lessons focus on key events in six National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) historical periods and support students’ close reading and evidence-based writing. Zoom In also helps teachers monitor students' learning, assess students’ progress, and fine-tune instruction to deepen students' understanding.

Common Sense Graphite called Zoom In, “A go-to resource for the CCSS era, filled with rich content and meaningful opportunities for skill development.” Take a quick tour of the videos below to learn more.

About Zoom In: Engaging Students ("The Hook")

About Zoom In: Setting the Context for Learning

About Zoom In: Reading Historical Documents, Part 1

About Zoom In: Reading Historical Documents, Part 2

About Zoom In: Transitioning from Reading Documents to Writing ("Connect")

About Zoom In: Preparing Students to Write