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Reading Lessons in History/Social Studies
Reading lessons in history/social studies

In this chapter, we present three history/social studies lessons that we believe are particularly effective for addressing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Reading. These lessons involve many reading and writing skills and thus address the majority of the CCSS. However, we have designated each lesson according to the CCSS Reading strands that it addresses most fully:

  • Key Ideas and Details: Grades 6–8 lesson, “Nationalism: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly”
  • Craft and Structure: Grades 9–10 lesson, “Social Causes of New Imperialism”
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Grades 11–12 lesson, “Vietnam: The Human Face of an Inhumane Time”

Within the first lesson, students examine various forms of media that promote nationalism from both World War II and post-9/11. They ...

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