Building Literacy in Social Studies: Strategies for Improving Comprehension and Critical Thinking / Edition 1

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Overview

Preparing students to be active, informed, literate citizens is one of the primary functions of public schools. But how can students become engaged citizens if they can't read, let alone understand, their social studies texts? What can educators—and social studies teachers in particular—do to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and motivation to become engaged in civic life?

Building Literacy in Social Studies addresses this question by presenting both the underlying concepts and the research-based techniques that teachers can use to engage students and build the skills they need to become successful readers, critical thinkers, and active citizens. The authors provide targeted strategies—including teaching models, graphic organizers, and step-by-step instructions—for activities such as
• Building vocabulary,
• Developing textbook literacy skills,
• Interpreting primary and secondary sources,
• Applying critical thinking skills to newspapers and magazines, and
• Evaluating Internet sources.

Readers will also learn how to organize classrooms into models of democracy by creating learning communities that support literacy instruction, distribute authority, encourage cooperation, and increase accountability among students. Realistic scenarios depict a typical social studies teacher's experience before and after implementing the strategies in the classroom, showing their potential to make a significant difference in how students respond to instruction. By making literacy strategies a vital part of content-area instruction, teachers not only help students better understand their schoolwork but also openstudents' eyes to the power that informed and engaged people have to change the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416605584
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 169,797
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Part I
1. Reading Social Studies Texts
2. Fostering Engaged Learning in Social Studies Classrooms
3. Teaching Vocabulary to Older Students
4. Organizing a Classroom for Democratic Engagement
5. Promoting Civic Engagement
Part II
6. Strategies for Textbook Literacy
7. Strategies for Reading Primary and Secondary Sources
8. Strategies for Newspaper and Magazine Literacy
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    Essential to own

    I wish this book had been available when I started teaching. It presents a wide range of literacy activities perfectly suited for the middle and high school Social Studies classroom. The authors explain the rationale and show how to use these lessons in the classroom. They even provide a novel, yet logical management system for cooperative learning--something I have often struggled with.

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