Social Studies for Children: A Guide to Basic Instruction / Edition 12

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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.

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A text for preservice teachers who will teach social studies in grades K-8. Presents and describes principles and classroom practices that lead to effective social studies instruction, and encourages preservice teachers to reflect on and employ these principles as they develop their own perspective. This 12th edition contains new chapters on teaching social studies in a culturally diverse and global society, and teaching in today's classrooms. Garcia is affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Michaelis was affiliated with the University of California-Berkeley. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205283163
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/13/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Most chapters end with “Conclusion,” “Questions, Activities, and Evaluation,” and “References.”


1.Historical Highlights and Curriculum Review.

Historical Highlights of Social Education.

Definitions, Rationales, and Purposes in Social Studies Education.

The Curriculum.

2.Incorporating Content from Basic Disciplines.

The Core Disciplines.

Process Knowledge.

Literature in Social Studies.

Conclusion: Construction of Knowledge.

3.Teaching Social Studies in a Culturally Diverse and Global Society.

Making Connections.

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.


4.Topics of Public Concern, Current Affairs, Controversial Issues, and Special Events.

How These Topics Contribute to Social Studies.

Multicultural Education.

Gender Equality.

Law-Related Education.

Global Studies.

Environmental and Energy Studies.

Current Affairs, Controversial Issues, and Special Events.

Special Events.


5.Preparing Plans for Instruction.

Planning Instruction: The Big Picture.

Approaches to Planning.

Lesson Plans.

Instructional Objectives.


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?

Whole-Group Activities.

Small-Group Activities: Advantages and Limitations.

Discussion Guidelines.

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.

Reading Skills.

Listening Skills.

Speaking Skills.

Writing Skills.

9.Identifying and Using Instructional Resources and Technology.

Materials Galore!

Selecting Intructional Materials.

Reading Materials.

Audio, Visual, and Audiovisual Resources.

Learning Centers.

Community Resources.

Making Critiques of Resources.

Sources of Information.

10.Developing Globe and Map Concepts and Skills.

Concept and Skill Development, K-8.

Instructional Guidelines.

Skill-Building Activities.

Mapping Activities.

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

Creative Writing.

Role Taking through Dramatic Representation.

Music Activities.

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.

Test-Taking Tips.

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?


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