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The book's continued multicultural emphasis provides future teachers with lessons, units, and guidelines that reflect the realities of elementary and middle school classrooms of the 21st century. The twelfth edition of Social Studies for Children has been thoroughly reorganized and revitalized, beginning with a definition of and purpose for social studies, a critical look at the social science disciplines, and an examination into the diversity found in America's public schools. The book's content and exercises offer a wealth of information about how to integrate various disciplines into social studies instruction. For elementary and middle school Social Studies teachers.
Most chapters end with “Conclusion,” “Questions, Activities, and Evaluation,” and “References.”
I.DEFINING AND TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSROOMS.
1.Historical Highlights and Curriculum Review.
Historical Highlights of Social Education.
Definitions, Rationales, and Purposes in Social Studies Education.
2.Incorporating Content from Basic Disciplines.
The Core Disciplines.
Literature in Social Studies.
Conclusion: Construction of Knowledge.
3.Teaching Social Studies in a Culturally Diverse and Global Society.
Diversity in the Classroom and in Our World.
Gaining a Baseline Understanding of Students.
Understanding Differences among Students.
Diversity beyond the Classroom.
Diversity and Social Studies.
II.INCORPORATING CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES INTO SOCIAL STUDIES INSTRUCTION: ENGAGING THE STUDENT.
4.Topics of Public Concern, Current Affairs, Controversial Issues, and Special Events.
How These Topics Contribute to Social Studies.
Environmental and Energy Studies.
Current Affairs, Controversial Issues, and Special Events.
III.PLANNING FOR SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION.
5.Preparing Plans for Instruction.
Planning Instruction: The Big Picture.
Approaches to Planning.
Activity Cards and Worksheets.
Units of Study.
Intergration of Intruction.
Incorporating Teaching Strategies.
Guidelines for Unit Planning.
Assessment, Evaluation, and Portfolio Building..
6.Planning and Providing for Individual Differences.
Differences: A Challenge and an Opportunity.
Finding Support and Assistance.
Accommodations for Students with Exceptionalities.
Planning for Individualized Intruction.
Planning for Differences in Reading and Other Skills.
Helping Students Individualize Their Own Learning Activities.
7.Planning and Guiding Group Learning Activities.
Why Use Group Learning Activities?
Small-Group Activities: Advantages and Limitations.
Growth in Group Work Skills.
Guidelines for Initiating Small-Group Activities.
Types of Group Work.
Study Guides for Cooperative Learning.
8.Developing Communication and Language Skills.
The Importance of Communication and Langauge Skills.
9.Identifying and Using Instructional Resources and Technology.
Selecting Intructional Materials.
Audio, Visual, and Audiovisual Resources.
Making Critiques of Resources.
Sources of Information.
10.Developing Globe and Map Concepts and Skills.
Concept and Skill Development, K-8.
11.Developing Thinking Skills.
Asking the Right Questions.
Four Forms of Thinking.
Thinking Skills and Acquisition of Knowledge.
A Unifying Model of Teaching.
12.Developing Creative Thinking through Expressive Experiences.
Motivating Students though Creativity
Role Taking through Dramatic Representation.
Arts and Construction.
13.Developing Affective Learning.
Why Focus on Affective Learning?
Integration Affective Learning into Basic Instruction.
Strategies for Developing Values.
14.Evaluating Students' Learning.
Making Use of Published Standards.
Types of Evalution.
Guidelines for Evaluation.
Assessment Techniques and Devices.
Constructing and Using Tests.
Guidelines for Constructing Test Items.
Tests Banks and Published Tests.
A Gallery of Tests.
15.Teaching Social Studies in Today's Classrooms: Am I Prepared?
Am I Really Prepared?
Becoming an Effective Teacher.
Am I Prepared to Teach Social Studies?