ERIC Number: EJ1027149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Developing a Vision for the Common Core Classroom: What Does Elementary Social Studies Look Like?
Britt, Judy; Howe, Mandi
Social Studies, v105 n3 p158-163 2014
In each edition of their book "Doing History: Investigating with Children in Elementary and Middle Schools", Levstik and Barton (2011) encourage us to take a mental journey to imagine classrooms where students regularly "do history" (xi). The social studies experiences that many educators envision for elementary classrooms include teaching students to frame questions, read for information, and organize primary and secondary sources to share their knowledge with classmates. NCSS provides an infrastructure for social studies goals in which knowledge, skills and attitudes are developed in meaningful social studies lessons. When viewed through the lens of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (CCSS ELA), we recognize the fundamental nature of aligning social studies standards with literacy strategies for elementary teaching and learning. The purpose of this article is to examine the usefulness of CCSS ELA for teaching elementary social studies. The authors share a vision for the "common core classroom" that includes a range of literacy strategies for teaching standards-based social studies.
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Social Studies, Literacy, Alignment (Education), Content Area Reading, Reading Skills, Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Sharing Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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