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 20: Symbolism and Social Studies

Strategy 20: Symbolism and social studies

Designed to Remember

The first-grade class sat quietly on the rug while the teacher shared images from different monuments. The Vietnam War Memorial, the Washington Monument, Mount Rushmore, and the small monument in their own town dedicated to the victims of September 11 th. “What do all these pictures have in common?” Ms. Hoell asked the students.

“They're all for people who died,” said Katya in a soft voice.

“You're right,” answered Ms. Hoell. “But they are also for people who didn't die. These are monuments and memorials built to honor a very important event or time in history. They honor people who may have died during the event, but more important, they honor the event or ...

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