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 15: Establishing a Pluralist Approach to Content

Strategy 15: Establishing a pluralist approach to content

Do a Debate

“Hi, Dad. You wanted to know what I learned in school today? Well, I learned that I am confused. We talked about the colonists and why they protested against England and taxes. But I wonder how the English felt about all of this?” queried Robert.

Even the youngest of students often have very strong opinions on what they feel about certain issues. Kindergarteners can and do express how they are affected by and what their feelings are toward concerns, particularly those that directly affect them. For example, if the youngest are asked to give up snack or recess time, they have definite opinions about why they should have snack ...

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