Methods and Resources for Elementary and Middle-School Social Studies / Edition 1

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Elementary and middle-school social studies can be an enjoyable experience—both for the students and for the teacher—when the program weaves a rich tapestry of content, attitudes, skills, and perspectives. This provides children with a holistic journey through learning and encourages their curiosity and involvement. Designed for preservice elementary and/or middle-school teachers, this multifaceted volume compiles well-researched, essential information on social studies education. The author uses the standards recommended by the National Council for the Social Studies as a foundation, thoroughly discussing the core disciplines and thematic strands of social studies. The book is packed with useful information on an all-encompassing range of teaching methods and tools, including lesson planning, skills development, assessment, multiple intelligences, determining one’s personal philosophy of education, and utilizing information technology. Topical issues such as media ethics and influence, multicultural education, globalization, interdisciplinary studies, cooperative/collaborative learning and teaching, special education, and effective utilization of children’s literature are featured. Special emphasis is given to information technology, from the basics of the Internet to an impressive collection of Web sites offering comprehensive resources and assistance on an abundance of social studies-related topics. Prospective teachers will find the text a valuable and well-rounded sourcebook that answers the most frequently asked questions about becoming an effective social studies teacher.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577661849
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/20/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Foundations for Teaching Social Studies 1
2 Core Disciplines of the Social Studies 27
3 Standards and Thematic Strands 55
4 Historical Background for the Social Studies 79
5 Delivering Instruction: Planning Lessons, Units, and Projects 103
6 Developing Skills in Social Studies 145
7 Multiple Intelligences 163
8 Teaching Essential Globe & Map Skills in Social Studies 189
9 Using Technology in Social Studies 205
10 Current Events, Media Ethics, and Media Influence 235
11 Vital Topics in Social Studies 255
12 Teaching Social Studies with Children's Literature 291
13 Developing Creativity in Social Studies 319
14 Social Studies and Exceptional Children 345
15 Multicultural Education in Social Studies 383
16 Assessment of Learning 409
App. A So You Want to Be a Teacher 437
App. B An Annotated List of Children's Books for Teaching Social Studies 445
Index 467
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