The Citizen

K-12 Social Studies e-Newsletter

The Citizen is a K-12 social studies FREE monthly e-Newsletter from Savvas Learning Company. Our programs promote active and responsible citizenship, focused on inquiry. We're inspired by you to make social studies more engaging, relevant, and inclusive. Each month, The Citizen helps enrich learning with timely activities, teaching tips, trustworthy resources, and much more. Subscribe now!


December 2022

December 2022 Goal Setting

It ‘s time to brush off those goal setting notebooks and look forward to 2023, don’t worry you can recycle some of your unused goals from 2022! Read more...


December 2022

December Holidays

By Dr. Amy L. Holland, Geography Teacher

All of the December holidays are so important for discussing cultural elements and passing down traditions to the next generation. Read more...


November 2022

Thanksgiving Traditions Around the World

Discover Thanksgiving traditions from around the world, and get some ideas for unusual traditions to try this year! Read more...


November 2022

John F. Kennedy

By Dr. Amy L. Holland, Geography Teacher

Not many moments in American History sent a shockwave through the population quite like the murder of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Read more...


October 2022

How to “Celebrate” Halloween in your Social Studies Classroom

By Anna Ballard, Social Studies Teacher

Halloween time can be a classroom management nightmare for teachers. Somehow you have to keep students on task and focused on the standards, all while they are thinking about what costumes they will wear and trick or treating with their friends. So what is a teacher to do? Read more...


October 2022

Day of the Dead

By Dr. Amy L. Holland, Geography Teacher

The practice of using skulls in honoring the dead would be the first of many traditions involving the Day of the Dead or Dia De Muertos. The day of celebration later became more prominent in Mexico, but is still a practiced tradition for many in Latin America and other parts of the world, including the United States. Read more...


The Citizen Social Studies Newsletter Archive

This Month In History


December 1, 1919

Lady Nancy Astor becomes the first woman in the British House of Commons.

December 5, 1933

The 18th Amendment (Prohibition of Liquor) to the U.S. Constitution is repealed.

December 9, 1993

A five-day repair job in space on the $3 billion Hubble Space Telescope is finished by U.S. astronauts.

December 14, 1918

British women vote for the first time in a general election and are allowed to run for office.

December 20, 1860

South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the Union in a prelude to the American Civil War.

December 23, 1888

Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear during a fit of depression.

December 30, 1803

The Stars and Stripes flag is raised over New Orleans as the United States took formal possession of the territory of Louisiana, nearly doubling the size of the U.S.


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