Teaching Elementary Social Studies: Principles and Applications / Edition 4

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Learn how to meet the needs of the diverse students in your first classroom through this unique elementary social studies methods textbook. With a unifying theme of diversity, it emphasizes differentiated instruction and meeting the needs of all students, including special attention to English learners, children with mild learning disabilities, and gifted students. Chapters on differentiated instruction (Chapter 4) and culturally-responsive teaching (Chapter 5) provide a strong foundation and context for the strategies and teaching tips that follow in later chapters.

Reflecting the national trends toward standards-based instruction and greater utilization of technology, this book is a great resource for your first classroom and beyond. Read and reference this text for comprehensive coverage including new chapters on teaching geography and the literacy and social studies connection, as well as existing chapters on the history and current status of social studies; lesson and unit planning; cooperative learning; critical thinking; technology; assessment; integrating the language arts, the visual arts, and the performing arts; citizenship education; history and geography; and the other social sciences. Finally, instructors and students have praised earlier editions of this book because of its pragmatic and accessible style.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132565516
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 647,194
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. James Zarrillo is a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education. In September of 2009, he accepted the position of Interim Associate Dean of the College of Education and Allied Studies. Dr. Zarrillo's area of scholarly interest is the elementary school curriculum; specifically, children's literature, reading instruction, and social studies. Dr. Zarrillo is the author five books, several chapters in edited books and many journal articles. Dr. Zarrillo has been a member of the faculty at CSU East Bay since 1995. He was Chair of the Department of Teacher Education from 1995-1999, again in 2004-2007, and once more from January to June of 2009. He served as the Assistant Dean for Technology and Accountability in the College of Education and Allied Studies in 2001-2002. Prior to coming to CSU East Bay, Dr. Zarrillo was a member of the faculty at CSU Long Beach from 1988 - 1995. He taught elementary school in Burbank, California, from 1976- 1986.
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Table of Contents

Part I: An Introduction to the Social Studies

Chapter 1: The Past, Present, and Future of Social Studies Teaching and Learning

Definitions of Social Studies

A Brief History of Social Studies Teaching

21st Century Skills

Social Studies: The Curriculum

Summary of Key Points

Lesson Plans and Instructional Activities

Part II: The Fundamentals of Social Studies Teaching

Chapter 2: Social Studies Lesson and Unit Plans

General Guidelines for Planning Social Studies Lessons

Lesson Plan Formats

Writing Lesson Objectives

Perspectives on the Teaching Sequence

Principles for Planning Instructional Units

Summary of Key Points

Lesson Plans and Instructional Activities

Chapter 3: Assessment of Social Studies Learning

Purposes and Goals of Assessment

Essentials of Effective Assessment

Gathering Data

Analyzing and Sharing Assessment Data

Assessment and Diversity: Final Thoughts

Summary of Key Points

Part III: Differentiation, Integration, and the Development of Academic Skills

Chapter 4: Differentiated Instruction

Linguistic Diversity

Cultural Diversity


Summary of Key Points

Lesson Plans and Instructional Activities

Chapter 5: A Multicultural, Integrated Social Studies Curriculum

A Multicultural Social Studies Curriculum

The Integrated Curriculum

Summary of Key Points

Lesson Plans and Instructional Activities

Chapter 6: Cooperative Learning

Introduction to Cooperative Learning

An Overview of the Research and Descriptions of Cooperative Learning Structures

Making Cooperative Learning Work

Other Issues in Grouping

Summary of Key Points

Lesson Plans and Instructional Activities

Chapter 7: Inquiry and Critical Thinking

Inquiry: An Overview

A Teaching Sequence for an Inquiry

Inquiry as Cooperative Learning: Group Investigation

Critical Thinking: An Overview

Developing Critical Thinking Skills

Summary of Key Points

Lesson Plans and Instructional Activities

Chapter 8: Literacy

Social Studies Textbooks

Children’s Literature: Information Books and Biography

Children’s Literature: Fiction

Writing in the Social Studies Program

Summary of Key Points

Lesson Plans and Instructional Activities

Part IV: Content-Specific Instruction

Chapter 9: Democratic Citizenship

Democratic Citizenship: The First Goal of Social Studies

Competing Perspectives on Citizenship Education

Citizenship Education: Content

Citizenship Education: Values

Citizenship Education: Processes

Summary of Key Points

Lesson Plans and Instructional Activities
Chapter 10: History

History in the Elementary School: Overview and Research

History in the Elementary School: Content

History in the Elementary School: Processes

Teaching History in the Elementary School

Summary of Key Points

Lesson Plans and Instructional Activities

Chapter 11: Geography

Geography in the Elementary School: Overview and Research on Children’s Understanding of Geography

Geography in the Elementary School: Content

Geography in the Elementary School: Processes

Teaching Geography: Challenges and Principles of Instruction, Map Reading, Map Making

Teaching Geography: Computer-Based Resources

Summary of Key Points

Lesson Plans and Instructional Activities

Chapter 12: The Other Social Sciences and Topics of Special Interest

Completing the Social Studies Curriculum



Psychology and Sociology

Global Education, Environmental Education, and Current Events

Summary of Key Points

Lesson Plans and Instructional Activities

Children’s Literature to Support Social Studies Instruction


Author Index

Subject Index

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