ERIC Number: ED449095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Children's Literature and the K-4 Social Studies Standards. Fastback 453.
Hilke, Eileen Veronica
When selecting a trade book for use in the social studies classroom, teachers must ensure that it represents high quality literature that will be interesting to students. This process involves examining such literary elements as characterization, plot, theme, setting, author's style, and point of view. The book must also match the theme or goal in question, and it must be free of biases and stereotypes. In addition, teachers should select from a variety of genres. The National Council for the Social Studies developed 10 thematic "strands" on which to base teaching. These themes include: (1) Culture; (2) Time, Continuity, and Change; (3) People, Places, and Environments; (4) Individual Development and Identity; (5) Individuals, Groups, and Institutions; (6) Power, Authority, and Governance; (7) Production, Distribution, and Consumption; (8) Science, Technology, and Society; (9) Global Connections; and (10) Civic Ideals and Practices. This fastback offers a brief synopsis of these thematic strands, lists appropriate children's trade books, and suggests activities to bring the standards and children's literature together at the K-4 level. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Literary Devices, National Standards, Social Studies, Teacher Role, Thematic Approach
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