If This Is Social Studies, Why Isn't It Boring?

The provocative title of this book plays on a too-familiar response from teachers and students alike. But many teachers are seeking an approach to social studies that takes account of the ways children learn and that builds on their own knowledge and strengths.

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The provocative title of this book plays on a too-familiar response from teachers and students alike. But many teachers are seeking an approach to social studies that takes account of the ways children learn and that builds on their own knowledge and strengths.

The authors in this book have found ways to do this. They have “. . . not only rediscovered social studies education in general, they have also found themselves exploring the many disciplines of the social sciences that combine ...read more

About the Author(s)

Stephanie Steffey taught in the primary grades for a number of years and is also a university instructor in teacher education. She works towards being a whole language teacher in both settings and is particularly interested in the teaching of social studies.

Wendy J. Hood is a bilingual primary teacher from Tucson, Arizona. She has been very active in her local whole language support group and worked on curriculum development within her district where she strives to establish a democratic learning community with her young students.

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1. If This Is History, Why Isn't It Boring?
2. Voice for Indigenous Youth: Literature for Adolescents
3. Teacher, Artist, Lawyer, Kids: Cycles of Collaboration and the Holocaust
4. Constructing Knowledge Through Multiple Perspectives: Sixth Graders as Investigators
5. Creating a Learning Environment that Invites Connections
6. Learning that Keeps on Going: The Power of Literature in the Social Studies
7. Theme Cycle Through the Eyes of a Student Teacher
8. Developing Voice in the Democratic Classroom
9. “Did They Know He Had Slaves When They Elected Him?” Young Children Can Ask Powerful Questions
10. All Together Now: Engagement, Collaboration, and Problem Solving in the Multi-Age Classroom
11. Map-Making and Neighborhood Exploration in the Multi-Age Classroom
12. Reading for Information with Young Children
13. “Los Niñitos Están Muy Preocupados por la Guerra”: The Persian Gulf War in a Whole Language Kindergarten in Puerto Rico
14. Exploring Historical and Multicultural Perspectives Through Inquiry
15. Holding Martin's Hand-Connecting to History Through Storytelling
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Product Details

Grade Range: K-8
Year: 1993
Item No: 0824
ISBN: 978-157110-824-1

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