A publication of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site for the museum's Education Department, "6 Essentials for Teaching Social Studies" is an insightful guide for teachers at all levels. Stories from within the Harrison home demonstrate the practical application and effectiveness of the teaching principles outlined in this book. The 32 page book is divided into six sections, each based around one of the essentials for teaching social studies. These six essentials include:
- Use exciting content (don't be afraid to deviate)
- Use primary source material
- Use other disciplines and methods of delivery
- Use open-ended questions
- Use field trips
- Establish boundaries
Explanations and examples of these essential principles offer philosophical and practical guidance that suggests a variety of paths teachers can take toward creating higher quality learning experiences for their students.