Inside the Social Studies Classroom

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-07-22
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book, resulting from a collaboration among an educational psychologist, a social studies educator, and a primary teacher, describes in rich detail and illustrates with excerpts from recorded lessons how primary teachers can engage their students in social studies lessons and activities that are structured around powerful ideas and have applications to their lives outside of school. The teaching portrayed connects concepts and skills emphasized in national and state standards, taught in ways that build on students' prior experiences in their local communities and connect with their family backgrounds and home cultures. The analyses include rich descriptions of the teacher-student interactions that occur during lessons, detailed information about how and why the teacher adapted lesson plans to meet her students' background experiences and adjusted these plans to take advantage of teachable moments that emerged during lessons, and what all of this might imply concerning principles of practice. Theprinciples are widely applicable in elementary schools across the country, as well as across the curriculum (not just in social studies) and across the elementary grades (not just the primary grades).

Author Biography

Jere Brophy is University Distinguished Professor of Teacher Education and Educational Psychology, Michigan State University Janet Alleman is Professor of Teacher Education, Michigan State University Barbara Knighton is an Early Elementary Educator, Waverly Community Schools, Michigan

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Prior Research on Primary Social Studiesp. 11
Generic Aspects of Our Instructional Unitsp. 26
Using Narrative to Build a Content Basep. 37
Structuring the Curriculum around Big Ideasp. 58
Developing Big Ideas about Historyp. 77
Developing Big Ideas about Geographyp. 89
Developing Big Ideas about the Social Sciencesp. 105
Using Instructional Resourcesp. 116
Making Connections and Avoiding Undesired Contentp. 132
Introducing New Knowledge Basesp. 152
Developing Knowledge Bases through Structured Discoursep. 177
Using Questions to Develop Content with the Whole Classp. 199
Scaffolding for Individual Students within Whole-Class Lessonsp. 223
Activities and Assessmentsp. 242
Afterwordp. 265
Appendixp. 267
Referencesp. 288
Indexp. 295
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