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ERIC Number: EJ1002599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
We Elect a President: Using Literature to Teach Decision-Making Skills
Obenchain, Kathryn M.; Pennington, Julie L.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v25 n1 p17-21 Sep-Oct 2012
The integration of social studies and literacy is often touted as a way to bring social studies back into the literacy- and math-dominated classroom of the high-stakes testing era. Curricular integration done well is difficult; if done poorly, essential social studies content, concepts, and skills may be only superficially addressed. The authors designed a four-day presidential election lesson to explicitly teach content, concepts, and skills in both social studies and literacy. They used children's literature as the vehicle to teach the social studies concept of voting and skills of decision-making, as well as the social studies and literacy skills of reading and interpreting various types of texts. The overarching goal of this lesson is for students in the second and third grade to understand that choosing a president is an important decision made by citizens. Specific learning objectives include: (1) identifying the qualities of a good leader; (2) identifying the president as the leader of the United States; (3) establishing criteria to make a decision; (4) reading and identifying details from text; (5) comparing and contrasting information in various texts; and (6) writing and using information from texts. (Contains 2 handouts and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3
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Language: English
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