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Dealing with the crucial classroom factors of national standards and legislation, as well as limited teaching time, Teaching Social Studies: A Literacy-Based Approach clearly guides new and established teachers through the planning, teaching, and assessing of social studies as it integrates powerful literacy strategies that will motivate students, deepen their understanding of social studies concepts, and strengthen their comprehension.
Teaching social studies has always been a challenge for educators. Doing it effectively requires commitment, organization, creativity, energy, and patience. The realities of today’s classroom limit the amount of time teachers can spend teaching social studies, but there has never been a time when social studies content has been more valuable, because it is through social studies that students learn to make sense of the world. They learn to become committed citizens of this global community; about the events, people, communications, advancements and conflicts of the past and their consequences on the present; and how to find their own place in history.
Integrating Literacy and Social Studies
This text is the best I have ever seen in the Social Studies field for content and strategies on how to develop a good literacy program for the Social Studies. Steven Thorpe, Southern Oregon University
Addressing the Realities of Today’s Classroom
The text clearly makes connections between social studies and the real world. It develops topics that are often barely mentioned, such as connections to real-world learning and combining reading and social studies. It focuses on the essential topics and develops them well. I think a student reading this book would come away with a good idea of how to teach social studies. Carolyn F. Riley , Northern Illinois University
Providing Tools for the Classroom
The specific literacy strategies are excellent. I found myself learning some new-to-me strategies that I’m excited to implement. This is a real strength. I can see my students marking these strategies with sticky notes for easy reference when they are in-service teachers. Sara W. Fry. Bucknell University
1. What IS Social Studies?
2. Why Teach Social Studies?
3. What Do We Teach in Social Studies?
4. Teaching Social Studies for Understanding
5. Using Texts for Teaching and Learning Social Studies
6. Effective Uses of Literature to Teach Social Studies
7. Putting the Pieces Together: Curriculum Planning and Organization
8. Real-World Teaching and Learning
9. Student Achievement and Assessments
10. How Do We Share What We've Learned in Social Studies