Social Studies Content for Elementary and Middle School Teachers / Edition 2

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Are you feeling a little rusty with your social studies content knowledge? This brief primer, Social Studies Content for Elementary and Middle School Teachers, Second Edition, is just what you need. It provides a helpful overview of both U.S. and world history, in addition to basic knowledge in geography, economics, and civics.

The wide history coverage will allow you to see historical events in overall context, provides an overview for planning, and will help you answer student questions confidently. Geography, economics, and civics concepts are clearly explained, so the book will be helpful when used in writing lesson plans. Check out the resources lists that include relevant Websites, student literature, . major subject area organizations, museums, and U.S. government sites. Finally, an extensive index allows you to look up subjects and answers at a glance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137011254
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/12/2009
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 164,265
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Authors

PENELOPE FRITZER is a former public school teacher who is a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the Davie Campus of Florida Atlantic University. She earned her B. A. in History at Connecticut College, a B. A. in Education and an M. A. in English at Florida Atlantic University, and her Ph. D. in English from the University of Miami. Her research interests include various aspects of English and social studies education, literature as social history, and nineteenth century British literature. She is the author of numerous articles on education and of Jane Austen and Eighteenth Century Courtesy Books, Ethnicity and Gender in the Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell, Aesthetics and Nostalgia in the Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell. She is the co-author of Merry Wives: A History of Domestic Humor Writing, Science Content for Elementary and Middle School Teachers, and Mathematics Content for Elementary and Middle School Teachers, and is the editor of Character and Concept in the Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell.

ERNEST ANDREW BREWER is a former public school teacher who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the Jupiter Campus of Florida Atlantic University. He earned his B. A. in Elementary Education and his M. Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Florida, and his Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida. His research interests include social studies in the elementary school, civic education, classroom management, character education, bullying, and social studies integration. He is the author of numerous articles on education.

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Table of Contents

Preface: A World to the Reader

1. Why Study Social Studies?

2. History

Early Humans


The Greeks

The Romans

The Middle Ages

The Renaissance and the Reformation

The Enlightenment Period

The Age of Revolution and the Industrial Revolution


The Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the Middle East





Western Africa

Eastern Africa

Outside Influences

The Americas

Native Americans

European Exploration

Colonial Life

Revolutionary War

The 1800s

The Twentieth and Early Twenty-first Centuries Around the World

World War I

World Between the Wars

World War II

Cold War

Cultural Change

3. Geography

Basic Ideas

Water and Land

Reading Maps

The Physical Movement of the Earth and Its Effects




North America

South America




Geography Resources

4. Economics

The Basic Premises

The History of Economics

Consumer Choices Related to Needs and Wants

Entrepreneurs and Ware-Earners

Supply and Demand

Economics Resources

5. Government

The Purpose of Government

Values of American Democracy

Constitutional Governments

The U.S. Constitution

State and Local Government in the United States

The United States in the World

Government Resources

A Final Word

General Resources for the Teacher


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