Social Studies Review

Social Studies Review is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 51, 2012

Acculturating into the American School System: Supporting Our English Language Learners
Some people believe that nothing happens by accident; I am not sure if I ascribe to that belief, and I am certain that my entering the education profession was no accident. My passion for teaching has always been prevalent but a particular life experience...
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Using Primary Sources to Enhance Content Knowledge
The adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. The quote is sometimes attributed to Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and sometimes to the Chinese proverb, "A picture...
California Teachers and Social Studies: A Survey Report on Approaches to Curriculum and Instruction
Over me past fifty years, the California Council for me Social Studies (CCSS) has supported California historysocial science educators in a variety of ways. Amongst the committees that manage CCSS, the Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) committee strives...
Common Core Standards for English Language Arts: Opening Doors to More Effective Social Studies Instruction for All Students
Note: CCSS in this article refers to the Common Core State Standards, not our own California Council for the Social Studies.The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) offer promising opportunities to increase social studies instruction in the elementary...
Developing Historical Thinking with English Learners
There has been a growing interest in the inclusion of historical thinking skills in the history curriculum and numerous calls among researchers of historical cognition for young people to "practice" history, rather than simply learn about history from...
English Learners and Reading Comprehension: Text Organization in History
IntroductionHistory is primarily a text-based discipline. To comprehend history texts and access content, English learners (ELs) and low-literacy students need English language support. History textual sources, both primary and secondary, are often dense,...
Exploring the Diverse Roots of American Culture
I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear; Those of mechanics-each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong...The delicious singing of the mother - or of the young wife at work-or of the girl sewing or washing - Each singing what belongs...
From the Editor
Welcome to the 2012 issue of the Social Studies Review. I am particularly enthusiastic about this issue because of the wealth of expertise spread across the pages of this journal related to one of the most important needs in K-12 classrooms of every...
History-Social Science in the Language Diverse Elementary Classroom
425 first languages! According to the U.S. Department of Education (2009), that's what five million students bring to U.S. classrooms. Students who speak a language other than English at home and who are not proficient in English are known as English...
How Do Students Develop Academic Language in Social Studies?
What does the research tell us?This issue of the Social Studies Review is devoted to literacy and academic language instruction for all students in the History-Social Science, or Social Studies, classroom. According to the California English Language...
Literacy Acquisition Using Historical Methods and Content: Teaching Cause and Effect in History Texts
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) History Project was awarded the Improving Teacher Quality grant from the California Post-Secondary Commission to create a professional development program for middle and high school history teachers. The goal...
Math Phobia No More! Supporting Social Studies Teachers with Digital Resources
As a rule social studies teachers exist on the periphery of the high stakes testing environment. No Child Left Behind, Reading First, Reading Next, STEM and other national education initiatives have focused first on reading followed at some distance...
Reading, Writing, and Teachinghistory.org: A Resource for Historical Thinking and Literacy
Perhaps these questions sound familiar:I'm trying to teach my secondary students how to read documents from the 18th century and notice how bogged down they get because of the complexity and length of the sentences. What tools or advice could I give...
Reciprocal Questioning and Reading Comprehension of Expository Text
As a teacher of English, I often am faced with students who lack the ability to read from an aesthetic stance, which, according to Rosenblatt (1994), is required for higher-level reading comprehension (p. 1372). More than half my students enter the community...
Teaching Social Studies with Cognates: A Path to English Language Development
AbstractThis article explores the use of cognates to scaffold the teaching of social studies to English language learners (ELLs). Cognates are words in two languages that share meaning, spelling, and pronunciation. Because up to 40% of English words...
"Text Complexity" in the History Classroom: Teaching to and beyond the Common Core
Reading Standard 10 of the recently released Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in History! Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects focuses on "text complexity," bringing new attention to the sophistication and...
Thinking like a Disciplinarian: Developing Academic Language in Social Studies Classrooms
As students settled into their seats, the teacher reminded them of the work they had been engaged in around the Industrial Revolution. She framed the analysis and discussion of the causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution by asking students to...
Weathering History
Hurricane Irene just made the news as it threatened to make history in its charge on the East Coast of the United States. Studies of previous hurricanes that stormed the region led to dire predictions of it reaching a category four ferocity, which would...
WebQuests for the Classroom
Educational technology is one of the most talked about and misunderstood topics within the educational community. A question today is how to integrate technology into a classroom to assist students in building their abilities and skills. This will expand...
What History Teachers Need to Know about Academic Language to Teach English Language Learners
AbstractThis article describes what history teachers need to know about the demands and expectations of academic language in their specific discipline in order to address the needs of English language learners (ELLs). The article focuses on three key...
What's Our Objective for English Learners? Preparation for College, Career, and Citizenship Via Language Objectives and Research-Based Instruction
This is an extremely challenging, yet exciting time in California. Budget cuts have severely impacted education and our ability to effectively serve the needs of all students. New waves of policy changes at national, state, and local levels have emerged,...

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