American Sociological Association

Resources for High School Sociology

Welcome teachers!

The American Sociological Association (ASA) believes that sociology is an important element in a strong secondary school curriculum and we are excited to support high school teachers with resources and ways to connect to a vibrant community of teachers. The ASA offers many resources to engage and excite students and to help launch the next generation of sociologists.

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Membership for High School Teachers

High school teachers can join the ASA at a special discounted rate of $56 a year.  As ASA members, high school teachers receive many of the regular benefits of ASA membership, including full access to TRAILS, the Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, plus access to one print journal of their choice. 

Enroll or renew as an ASA High School Teacher member by clicking the link below.

National Standards for High School Sociology

The American Sociological Association’s (ASA) National Standards for High School Sociology are designed to provide guidance to teachers and administrators seeking to develop high quality, developmentally appropriate one-semester introductory sociology courses for students in the 9th-12th grades. The National Standards provided here do not address all of the topics that could be covered in a one-semester sociology course. Rather, they establish the minimal content that any foundational sociology class at the regular high school level should cover.


Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology (TRAILS) is available to all ASA members as a member benefit. TRAILS offers resources from over 1,000 authors in 71 sociological subject areas. Resources range from lesson plans and classroom activities to  syllabi sets. Members are also encouraged to submit their own resources for TRAILS.


For the past six years the High School Program team has traveled to the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference to present teaching resources and promote the resources ASA provides to high school sociology teachers and those that support enriching high school sociology curriculum. We are happy to offer the resources provided at the conferences to those that could not attend. Resources include lesson plans, reading and movie lists, and PowerPoints from sociologists that conduct research in the areas of the year’s conference theme.

Join us in Washington, DC for the 2020 NCSS Conference.

National Council for the Social Studies C3 Framework

The American Sociological Association has contributed to NCSS’s College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History. Its objectives are to: a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines; b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. Sociology appears as Appendix C (beginning on page 73)

Download the C3 framework for free.

21st Century Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology

In its second edition, the 21st Century Careers booklet is designed to help undergraduates understand the skills that today’s employers are seeking, and the ways a sociology major helps build those skills. This edition offers eight bios from professionals that hold a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and how they use their sociological skills in their careers.

High School Listserv

Members of the high school sociology community can communicate with other sociology teachers through the High School Listserv. The Listserv is very active with teachers from all over the country sharing instruction ideas and discussing the best practices for engaging students with current events while tying in sociological instruction.

To sign up for the Listserv follow these instructions:

  • Send a message to
  • Leave the subject field blank
  • In the body of the message, type: subscribe ASA_HIGH_SCHOOL
  • Send the message
  • You will receive an e-mail confirmation
  • Read the High School Listserv posting guidelines

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