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Teaching Reading with the Social Studies Standards

Teaching Reading with the Social Studies Standards:
Elementary Units that Integrate Great Books, Social Studies, and the Common Core Standards

Edited by Syd Golston and Peggy Altoff
NCSS Bulletin 112, 118 pp., 2012

This book has been designed for elementary teachers who want to meet the Common Core Standards for Reading as they teach social studies.

The class activities recommended in this book for each grade level allow teachers to accomplish the following objectives:
  1. Achieve specific learning expectations outlined in the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.
  2. Achieve specific objectives outlined in the Common Core Standards for Reading.

This book’s opening chapters lay the groundwork for the effective teaching of standards-based social studies through the use of literature. Most of the volume consists of reviews and annotations of outstanding children’s books for the elementary grades. The contributors examine seven outstanding children’s books in depth (one for each grade from pre-K through 5) and recommend scores of other suitable books.

The in-depth reviews demonstrate how to maximize the potential of the featured books for the purpose of teaching social studies effectively and meeting the Common Core Standards. The contributors show teachers how to make the most of timeless classics such as Make Way for Ducklings, The Little House, and Sarah, Plain and Tall, as well as more recent books, including You and Me Together, Nina Bonita, Show Way, and The Unbreakable Code. The authors demonstrate how to use the books to advance the themes of the social studies standards and meet specific objectives of the Common Core Standards for Reading.

The annotated recommendations at the end of each chapter include books that are non-fiction as well as imaginative children’s literature. This book provides teachers with guidelines for teaching excellent social studies through the use of literature in ways that offer students a rich education in the topics of culture and cultural diversity, history, geography, civics and government, global connections, social and economic change, and individual development.

Item 120112 Price: Non-Member $29.95 / NCSS Members: $19.95

A sample from the book is provided here: Bulletin112_Excerpts.pdf (952.91 KB)

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