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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!


June 2022

Illuminations Will Light Up the Sky

By Dr. Amy L. Holland, Geography Teacher

Patriotic displays begin appearing across the United States in mid-June, if not earlier. Businesses promote July 4th, Independence Day sales, offering the best deals of summer.

June 2022

Royalty in the Social Studies Classroom

By Anna Ballard, Social Studies Teacher

There are dozens of kings and queens around the globe who rule or help to rule countries today. It is easy to get caught up in the ancient history of the world, but rarely do we learn about the current day leaders who are in the process of making history today.


May 2022

Roses Are Red, Blue, White, and Yellow too!

By Dr. Amy L. Holland, Geography Teacher

Roses are red, roses are blue, roses are white and yellow too! Where did this saying originate? Well, it’s different from what you may have heard before, but why are all the most famous roses considered to be red? Regardless of the role of roses in life, the flower has been sought after for generations as a tool of affection and decoration.

May 2022

Memorial Day in a Government Classroom

By Anna Ballard, Social Studies Teacher

Celebrating and discussing Memorial Day can be easily aligned with standards for many history classes, specifically those that cover the Civil War. But what about other social studies courses? Is there a way to learn about Memorial Day without deviating too much from the content?


April 2022

The Lorax and Earth Day

By Anna Ballard, Social Studies Teacher

Earth Day is an excellent opportunity for teachers to engage their students in a conversation about their personal responsibility to preserve their world. This is not an easy conversation to have, so what better way to do it than in rhyme?

April 2022

Fashion Through Time

By Dr. Amy L. Holland, Geography Teacher

Shoes are just part of the glamour associated with the fashion industry. Fashion itself has been a constant state of change since the early ages.


The Citizen Social Studies Newsletter Archive

This Month In History


June 5, 1783

The first sustained flight occurred as a hot-air balloon was launched at Annonay, France, by brothers Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier.

June 10, 1652

In Massachusetts, silversmith John Hull opened the first mint in America, in defiance of English colonial law. The first coin issued was the Pine Tree Shilling, designed by Hull.

June 14, 1777

John Adams introduced a resolution before Congress mandating a United States flag, stating, "...that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation." This anniversary is celebrated each year in the U.S. as Flag Day.

June 18, 1983

Dr. Sally Ride, a 32-year-old physicist and pilot, became the first American woman in space, beginning a six-day mission aboard the space shuttle Challenger, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

June 28, 1919

The signing of the Treaty of Versailles formally ended World War I.


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