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The Social Studies Teacher's Toolbox Hundreds of Practical Ideas to Support Your Students

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  • Copyright: 2020-04-28
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Social studies teachers will find classroom-tested lessons and strategies that can be easily implemented in the classroom

The Teacher’s Toolbox series is an innovative, research-based resource providing teachers with instructional strategies for students of all levels and abilities. Each book in the collection focuses on a specific content area. Clear, concise guidance enables teachers to quickly integrate low-prep, high-value lessons and strategies in their middle school and high school classrooms. Every strategy follows a practical, how-to format established by the series editors.

The Social Studies Teacher's Toolbox contains hundreds of student-friendly classroom lessons and teaching strategies. Clear and concise chapters, fully aligned to Common Core Social Studies standards and National Council for the Social Studies standards, cover the underlying research, technology based options, practical classroom use, and modification of each high-value lesson and strategy. 

This book employs a hands-on approach to help educators quickly learn and apply proven methods and techniques in their social studies courses. Topics range from reading and writing in social studies and tools for analysis, to conducting formative and summative assessments, differentiating instruction, motivating students, incorporating social and emotional learning and culturally responsive teaching. Easy-to-read content shows how and why social studies should be taught and how to make connections across history, geography, political science, and beyond. Designed to reduce instructor preparation time and increase relevance, student engagement, and comprehension, this book: 

  • Explains the usefulness, application, and potential drawbacks of each instructional strategy
  • Provides fresh activities applicable to all classrooms
  • Helps social studies teachers work with ELLs, advanced students, and students with learning differences
  • Offers real-world guidance for addressing current events while covering standards and working with textbooks

The Social Studies Teacher's Toolbox is an invaluable source of real-world lessons, strategies, and techniques for general education teachers and social studies specialists, as well as resource specialists/special education teachers, elementary and secondary educators, and teacher educators.

Author Biography

ELISABETH JOHNSON teaches Social Studies to both mainstream and English language learners at Luther Burbank High School, in Sacramento, California. She is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), a teacher consultant with the Area 3 Writing Project at the University of California, Davis, and has led teacher development trainings at the San Joaquin County Office of Education. She has taught at the secondary level for 13 years.

EVELYN RAMOS LAMARR teaches Social Studies to mainstream and International Baccalaureate students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California, and is a teaching consultant with the Area 3 Writing Project at the University of California, Davis. She has taught mainstream and English language learners at the secondary level for 12 years, and helped create curriculum for, and pilot, the Ethnic Studies course in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

LARRY FERLAZZO teaches English, Social Studies, and International Baccalaureate classes to English language learners and others at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. He is the author and co-author of nine books, including The ELL Teacher's Toolbox, and writes a weekly teacher advice column for Education Week Teacher. He is the recipient of the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World Award and winner of the International Reading Association Award for Technology and Reading.

KATIE HULL SYPNIESKI has taught English language learners and others at the secondary level for over twenty years. She teaches middle school English Language Arts and Social Studies at Fern Bacon Middle School in Sacramento, California, and leads professional development for educators as a consultant with the Area 3 Writing Project at the University of California, Davis. She is co-author of several books including The ELL Teacher's Toolbox.

Table of Contents

About the Authors xxi

About the Editors of the Toolbox Series xxiii

Acknowledgments xxv

Letter from the Editors xxvii

Introduction xxix

I Reading and Writing 1

1A Fresh Look at Vocabulary 3

What is It? 3

Why We Like It 3

Supporting Research 4

Common Core Connections 4

Social Studies Connections 4

Application 5

Building a Word List 5

Accessing Prior Knowledge 6

Building Understanding 10

Revising and Formalizing Definitions 11

Differentiation 13

Advanced Extensions 14

Student Handouts and Examples 15

What Could Go Wrong? 15

Technology Connections 15

Figures 16

2 Reading Strategies 19

What is It? 19

Why We Like It 19

Supporting Research 20

Common Core Connections 20

Social Studies Connections 20

Application 21

Text Selection 22

Pre-reading 22

Predicting 22

Connecting 23

Key Ideas 24

Summarizing 24

Questioning 25

Visualizing 26

Clarifying 27

Differentiation 28

Advanced Extensions 29

Student Handouts and Examples 29

What Could Go Wrong? 29

Technology Connections 30

Attribution 31

Figures 32

3 Read-Aloud Protocol 37

What is It? 37

Why We Like It 37

Supporting Research 37

Common Core Connections 38

Social Studies Connections 38

Application 38

Finding and Preparing Authentic Texts 39

Read-Aloud Protocol 41

Student-Created Read-Alouds 45

Differentiation 48

Advanced Extensions 48

Student Handouts and Examples 49

What Could Go Wrong? 49

Technology Connections 49

Attribution 49

Figures 50

4 Thematic Data Sets 55

What is It? 55

Why We Like It 55

Supporting Research 56

Common Core Connections 56

Social Studies Connections 56

Application 57

Building a Data Set 57

Teaching Protocol for Using Data Sets 59

Differentiation 64

Advanced Extensions 65

Student Handouts and Examples 65

What Could Go Wrong? 66

Technology Connections 66

Attribution 66

Figures 67

5 Writing in Social Studies 79

What is It? 79

Why We Like It 79

Supporting Research 79

Common Core Connections 80

Social Studies Connections 80

Application 80

Golden Lines – Kick-Starting Writing 81

Writing Frames 82

Writing Structures 84

Extended Argument Writing 88

Other Social Studies Writing Activities 89

Differentiation 90

Advanced Extensions 91

Student Handouts and Examples 92

What Could Go Wrong? 92

Technology Connections 92

Attribution 93

Figures 94

6 Mnemonics 105

What is It? 105

Why We Like It 105

Supporting Research 106

Common Core Connections 106

Social Studies Connections 106

Application 107

Story Mnemonics 107

Differentiation 111

Advanced Extensions 111

Student Handouts and Examples 112

What Could Go Wrong? 112

Technology Connections 112

Attribution 113

Figures 114

7 Timelines Revisited 117

What is It? 117

Why We Like It 117

Supporting Research 118

Common Core Connections 118

Social Studies Connections 118

Application 118

Identity Timelines 119

Additional Timeline Activities 128

Differentiation 129

Advanced Extensions 130

Student Handouts and Examples 130

What Could Go Wrong? 131

Technology Connections 131

Attribution 131

Figures 132

8 Current Event Case Study 135

What is It? 135

Why We Like It 135

Supporting Research 136

Common Core Connections 136

Social Studies Connections 136

Application 136

Sequencing of Events 137

Developing Questions 139

Bias Awareness and Research 141

Written Analysis 145

Additional Ideas for Including Current Events in the Classroom 146

Differentiation 147

Advanced Extensions 148

Student Handouts and Examples 148

What Could Go Wrong? 148

Technology Connections 149

Figures 150

9 Genre Study 151

What is It? 151

Why We Like It 151

Supporting Research 152

Common Core Connections 152

Social Studies Connections 152

Application 152

Student Choice Genre Project 159

Differentiation 164

Advanced Extensions 165

Student Handouts and Examples 165

What Could Go Wrong? 165

Technology Connections 166

Attribution 166

Figures 167

10 Concept Attainment 175

What is It? 175

Why We Like It 176

Supporting Research 176

Common Core Connections 176

Social Studies Connections 176

Application 176

Democracy Concept Attainment 177

Concept Attainment to Improve Writing 180

Differentiation 183

Advanced Extensions 183

Student Handouts and Examples 184

What Could Go Wrong? 184

Technology Connections 184

Figures 184

II Analysis Tools 185

11 Questions for Learning 187

What is It? 187

Why We Like It 187

Supporting Research 188

Common Core Connections 188

Social Studies Connections 188

Application 189

Teacher-Generated Questions 190

Student-Generated Questions 194

Differentiation 197

Advanced Extensions 197

Student Handouts and Examples 198

What Could Go Wrong? 198

Technology Connections 198

12 Image Analysis 199

What is It? 199

Why We Like It 199

Supporting Research 200

Common Core Connections 200

Social Studies Connections 200

Application 201

Photographs 201

Paintings 207

Political Cartoons 210

Video 213

Differentiation 218

Advanced Extensions 219

Student Handouts and Examples 219

What Could Go Wrong? 219

Technology Connections 220

Figures 221

13 Analysis of Primary Sources 229

What is It? 229

Why We Like It 229

Supporting Research 230

Common Core Connections 230

Social Studies Connections 230

Application 230

Primary Source Engagement Activity 230

At a Glance Primary Source Analysis 232

In-Depth Analysis of Source 234

Additional Key Strategies 238

Differentiation 243

Advanced Extensions 243

Student Handouts and Examples 244

What Could Go Wrong? 244

Technology Connections 245

Attribution 245

Figures 246

14 Synthesis Charts 257

What is It? 257

Why We Like It 257

Supporting Research 258

Common Core Connections 258

Social Studies Connections 258

Application 258

Creating a Synthesis Chart 259

Implementing Synthesis Charts with Students 266

Differentiation 273

Advanced Extensions 273

Student Handouts and Examples 274

What Could Go Wrong? 274

Technology Connections 274

Attribution 274

III Speaking and Listening 275

15 Listening and Speaking Activities 277

What is It? 277

Why We Like It 277

Supporting Research 278

Common Core Connections 278

Social Studies Connections 278

Application 278

Active Listening Mini-Lesson 278

Guest Speakers 280

Podcasts 283

Student Presentations 285

Differentiation 288

Advanced Extensions 288

Student Handouts and Examples 288

What Could Go Wrong? 289

Technology Connections 289

Attribution 290

Figures 291

16 Discussions 295

What is It? 295

Why We Like It 295

Supporting Research 296

Common Core Connections 296

Social Studies Connections 296

Application 296

Informal Discussion Strategies 297

Formal Discussion Strategies 300

Additional Key Strategies 313

Differentiation 315

Advanced Extensions 315

Student Handouts and Examples 316

What Could Go Wrong? 316

Technology Connections 316

Attribution 317

Figures 317

IV Additional Key Strategies 321

17 Project-Based Learning 323

What is It? 323

Why We Like It 323

Supporting Research 324

Common Core Connections 324

Social Studies Connections 324

Application 324

Key Steps in PBL 325

Textbook Insert Project 334

Other Ideas for Project-Based Learning 344

Differentiation 345

Advanced Extensions 346

Student Handouts and Examples 346

What Could Go Wrong? 347

Technology Connections 347

Figures 348

18 Culturally Responsive Teaching 353

What is It? 353

Why We like It 353

Supporting Research 354

Common Core Connections 354

Social Studies Connections 354

Application 354

Reflective Questions 355

Differentiation 369

Advanced Modifications 370

Student Handouts and Examples 370

What Could Go Wrong? 370

Technology Connections 371

Attribution 371

Figures 372

19 Social and Emotional Learning 375

What is It? 375

Why We Like It 375

Supporting Research 376

Common Core Connections 376

Social Studies Connections 376

Application 377

Growth Mindset Mini-Lesson 377

Empathy Mini-Lesson 380

Tips for Reinforcing SEL 383

Differentiation 385

Advanced Extensions 385

Student Handouts and Examples 386

What Could Go Wrong? 386

Technology Connections 386

Attribution 387

Figures 388

20 Assessment 397

What is It? 397

Why We Like It 397

Supporting Research 398

Common Core Connections 398

Social Studies Connections 398

Application 398

Diagnostic 399

Formative 403

Summative 406

Student Self-Assessment 411

Differentiation 412

Advanced Extensions 413

Student Handouts and Examples 413

What Could Go Wrong? 413

Technology Connections 414

Figures 416

21 Getting the Most from Your Textbook 417

What is It? 417

Why We Like It 417

Supporting Research 418

Common Core Connections 418

Social Studies Connections 418

Application 418

Using Images 418

Using Textbook Excerpts 419

Discussions 420

Timelines 421

Vocabulary 422

Reading Strategies 423

Student-Created Tests 423

Primary Sources 423

Mnemonics 424

Anticipatory Sets 425

Scavenger Hunts 425

Jigsaws 425

Analyzing What’s Missing in the Textbook 427

Differentiation 427

Advanced Extensions 427

Student Handouts and Examples 427

What Could Go Wrong? 428

Technology Connections 428

References 429

Index 455

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