With an emphasis on active learning, this supplementary text helps busy elementary and middle school teachers engage all students in the vibrant world of social studies. This inquiry-based book presents hands-on explorations, interaction with primary sources, and critical thinking activities, that provide concrete methods to successfully integrate the language arts into the social studies curriculum.

Key Features

Promotes the development of literacy skills by authentically integrating language arts; Supports differentiated instruction for specific grade levels, English language learners, and students with special needs; Connects to standards in language arts, social studies, and technology

Understanding Our World
Understanding our world

A significant component of a quality social science curriculum is building awareness and understanding of global cultures (National Council for the Social Studies, 1994). As our student body becomes increasing culturally and linguistically diverse (Santamaria, 2009), not only is it critical to build an understanding about the world around us, but doing so in a manner that is both sensitive and supportive of students' own culture and traditions is imperative.

This unit will explore sharing global cultures with students in a manner that is both relevant and respectful. Emphasis on cultural universals such as music, currencies, and symbolism (Alleman, Knighton, & Brophy, 2007) allows students to explore similarities and differences among different cultures through a lens of personal relevance.


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