Painting by Helen Burdon Price
Creation of this site
The purpose of this website is to freely share with teachers and learners of
curriculum and the best of the resources found. The website was designed by
Caroline H. Persell, Department of Sociology,
Selection of the Resources:
The sources included here were selected as follows:
1) ASA Task Force members wrote and/or proposed a number of lesson plans, exercises, data explorations, films, readings, and other materials.
2) Other teachers and scholars in the field wrote and/or recommended resources.
All of these
resources (numbering over 100 items) were independently reviewed and rated by
an undergraduate sociology major at
4) Going forward, there is a feedback form attached to each page that can be used to rate and comment on each resource.
1) To what degree does the resource illuminate an important and relevant sociological topic, concept, or process?
2) Does it involve active learning?
3) Is there research available assessing how well the resource achieves its learning goals?
4) Is it relevant to the lives of students?
5) Does the resource involve multiple senses, including text, numbers, visuals, sound, video, kinesthetics, and narrative?
6) Is it interesting to students?
7) Can it be made readily available on the web?
8) Is it fun?
Not every resource met every criterion, particularly #3 on the availability of research assessing its efficacy, but the ones included were rated highly on most if not all of the criteria.
Permissions: When PDF files of articles from Teaching Sociology or the American Sociological Review are linked to this site, those files are being used with the permission of the publisher, the American Sociological Association.