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 13: Connecting with Literature

Strategy 13: Connecting with literature

Creation Myth Analysis

“My grandfather told me yesterday that there are many different stories about how the world was created. He told me that his father, who is Native American, told him a story about the start of the world. He talked about the Creator Awonawilona, Earth Mother, and Sun Father,” shared John.

As students are challenged to read multiple texts and primary and secondary sources, they can come to see that social studies, particularly history, is not just a collection of facts, events, and dates. Their interpretations and view of history can be further expanded by exposing even the youngest learners to myths and legends. The oral tradition of this type of literature can provide a natural ...

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