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ERIC Number: EJ776285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
Strategies for Teaching Social Studies to English-Language Learners at the Elementary Level
Weisman, Evelyn Marino; Hansen, Laurie E.
Social Studies, v98 n5 p180-184 Sep-Oct 2007
Learning social studies curriculum can present challenges for English-language learners (ELLs). The language used to present concepts is often decontextualized and abstract, making it difficult for these students to understand the content and have successful learning experiences. In this article, the authors describe strategies elementary teachers can use to make social studies content more comprehensible to ELLs and engage them to become active participants in their learning. They discuss three strategies in-depth and explain particular teaching techniques, such as the use of graphic organizers. Teaching vignettes illustrate ways these strategies can be implemented in the classroom to help ELLs be successful in acquiring social studies knowledge and inquiry skills while developing critical English language arts proficiencies. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A