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ERIC Number: EJ912064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
An Approach to Integrating Writing Skills into the Social Studies Classroom
Zagora, Veronica M.
Social Education, v75 n1 p17-21 Jan-Feb 2011
Since education reform efforts have long focused on reading and mathematics, the social studies classroom has been a target of remedial services--with children being removed from social studies to gain additional support in reading and math. As a result, many children spend years in school with little to no exposure to the social studies, despite the promising literacy practices that can be integrated into the rich content of history, civics, economics, and other subjects. The author's own observations of a void in high-quality writing among her students led her to action research that attempted to integrate more writing-focused activities into the curriculum of her 10th grade U.S. government and politics course. When teachers incorporate writing regularly in the social studies classroom, students not only become better prepared for reading and writing assessments, but gain a deeper comprehension of social studies content. (Contains 4 figures and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A