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 2: Oral Histories in the Curriculum

Strategy 2: Oral histories in the curriculum

Conducting Interviews

Juan's grandmother smiled as he sat her down in her favorite chair and sat across from her with a notepad and pencil. She always enjoyed time with her grandson, but was surprised that she could actually help him with his homework. She hadn't lived in this country for very long and didn't speak English very well. When Juan asked if he could interview her for school, she was afraid that she would not be able to help. It was exciting for her to learn she could speak to her grandson in Spanish. Not only was it fun to tell him about her life in Mexico, it felt good to know that ...

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