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 6: Personally Relevant History

Strategy 6: Personally relevant history

Exploring Community History

The teacher was taking the class for a walk in their neighborhood.

“That's my grandmother's house,” said John. “She's lived in that house since she was a little girl.”

“I wonder what it was like when she was a little girl,” joins in Maria.

“One day, she told me a story about her life when she was young,” continued John. “She told about how the street wasn't so wide and the cars were bigger. There were no large stores, and her mother would give her a nickel when she came home from school to go to the store on the corner and buy her favorite-a pickle!”

“How silly!” said Carlos, “I wonder where that store is?”

“And what else ...

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