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

Strategy 11: Connecting with the Visual Arts

Strategy 11: Connecting with the visual arts

Visual Arts Analysis

“Mom, our teacher asked us all to draw pictures of George Washington today,” said Josephine. “And do you know what? Everyone's picture looked a little different, and we all drew different parts of his life. I wonder what he really looked like?” she continued.

“Well, I wonder too,” her mother remarked. “There are so many portraits and drawings of him and his activities as the father of our country. They are so interesting and tell us so much about him. You've seen the one of him standing in the boat crossing the Delaware River. Do you think this is how he really looked? What do you think he was really doing ...

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