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The Social Studies Teacher's Toolbox
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About the Authors xxi About the Editors of the Toolbox Series xxiii Acknowledgments xxv Letter from the Editors xxvii Introduction xxix I Reading and Writing 1 1A Fresh Look at Vocabulary 3 What is It? 3 Why We Like It 3 Supporting Research 4 Common Core Connections 4 Social Studies Connections 4 Application 5 Building a Word List 5 Accessing Prior Knowledge 6 Building Understanding 10 Revising and Formalizing Definitions 11 Differentiation 13 Advanced Extensions 14 Student Handouts and Examples 15 What Could Go Wrong? 15 Technology Connections 15 Figures 16 2 Reading Strategies 19 What is It? 19 Why We Like It 19 Supporting Research 20 Common Core Connections 20 Social Studies Connections 20 Application 21 Text Selection 22 Pre-reading 22 Predicting 22 Connecting 23 Key Ideas 24 Summarizing 24 Questioning 25 Visualizing 26 Clarifying 27 Differentiation 28 Advanced Extensions 29 Student Handouts and Examples 29 What Could Go Wrong? 29 Technology Connections 30 Attribution 31 Figures 32 3 Read-Aloud Protocol 37 What is It? 37 Why We Like It 37 Supporting Research 37 Common Core Connections 38 Social Studies Connections 38 Application 38 Finding and Preparing Authentic Texts 39 Read-Aloud Protocol 41 Student-Created Read-Alouds 45 Differentiation 48 Advanced Extensions 48 Student Handouts and Examples 49 What Could Go Wrong? 49 Technology Connections 49 Attribution 49 Figures 50 4 Thematic Data Sets 55 What is It? 55 Why We Like It 55 Supporting Research 56 Common Core Connections 56 Social Studies Connections 56 Application 57 Building a Data Set 57 Teaching Protocol for Using Data Sets 59 Differentiation 64 Advanced Extensions 65 Student Handouts and Examples 65 What Could Go Wrong? 66 Technology Connections 66 Attribution 66 Figures 67 5 Writing in Social Studies 79 What is It? 79 Why We Like It 79 Supporting Research 79 Common Core Connections 80 Social Studies Connections 80 Application 80 Golden Lines - Kick-Starting Writing 81 Writing Frames 82 Writing Structures 84 Extended Argument Writing 88 Other Social Studies Writing Activities 89 Differentiation 90 Advanced Extensions 91 Student Handouts and Examples 92 What Could Go Wrong? 92 Technology Connections 92 Attribution 93 Figures 94 6 Mnemonics 105 What is It? 105 Why We Like It 105 Supporting Research 106 Common Core Connections 106 Social Studies Connections 106 Application 107 Story Mnemonics 107 Differentiation 111 Advanced Extensions 111 Student Handouts and Examples 112 What Could Go Wrong? 112 Technology Connections 112 Attribution 113 Figures 114 7 Timelines Revisited 117 What is It? 117 Why We Like It 117 Supporting Research 118 Common Core Connections 118 Social Studies Connections 118 Application 118 Identity Timelines 119 Additional Timeline Activities 128 Differentiation 129 Advanced Extensions 130 Student Handouts and Examples 130 What Could Go Wrong? 131 Technology Connections 131 Attribution 131 Figures 132 8 Current Event Case Study 135 What is It? 135 Why We Like It 135 Supporting Research 136 Common Core Connections 136 Social Studies Connections 136 Application 136 Sequencing of Events 137 Developing Questions 139 Bias Awareness and Research 141 Written Analysis 145 Additional Ideas for Including Current Events in the Classroom 146 Differentiation 147 Advanced Extensions 148 Student Handouts and Examples 148 What Could Go Wrong? 148 Technology Connections 149 Figures 150 9 Genre Study 151 What is It? 151 Why We Like It 151 Supporting Research 152 Common Core Connections 152 Social Studies Connections 152 Application 152 Student Choice Genre Project 159 Differentiation 164 Advanced Extensions 165 Student Handouts and Examples 165 What Could Go Wrong? 165 Technology Connections 166 Attribution 166 Figures 167 10 Concept Attainment 175 What is It? 175 Why We Like It 176 Supporting Research 176 Common Core Connections 176 Social Studies Connections 176 Application 176 Democracy Concept Attainment 177 Concept Attainment to Improve Writing 180 Differentiation 183 Advanced Extensions 183 Student Handouts and Examples 184 What Could Go Wrong? 184 Technology Connections 184 Figures 184 II Analysis Tools 185 11 Questions for Learning 187 What is It? 187 Why We Like It 187 Supporting Research 188 Common Core Connections 188 Social Studies Connections 188 Application 189 Teacher-Generated Questions 190 Student-Generated Questions 194 Differentiation 197 Advanced Extensions 197 Student Handouts and Examples 198 What Could Go Wrong? 198 Technology Connections 198 12 Image Analysis 199 What is It? 199 Why We Like It 199 Supporting Research 200 Common Core Connections 200 Social Studies Connections 200 Application 201 Photographs 201 Paintings 207 Political Cartoons 210 Video 213 Differentiation 218 Advanced Extensions 219 Student Handouts and Examples 219 What Could Go Wrong? 219 Technology Connections 220 Figures 221 13 Analysis of Primary Sources 229 What is It? 229 Why We Like It 229 Supporting Research 230 Common Core Connections 230 Social Studies Connections 230 Application 230 Primary Source Engagement Activity 230 At a Glance Primary Source Analysis 232 In-Depth Analysis of Source 234 Additional Key Strategies 238 Differentiation 243 Advanced Extensions 243 Student Handouts and Examples 244 What Could Go Wrong? 244 Technology Connections 245 Attribution 245 Figures 246 14 Synthesis Charts 257 What is It? 257 Why We Like It 257 Supporting Research 258 Common Core Connections 258 Social Studies Connections 258 Application 258 Creating a Synthesis Chart 259 Implementing Synthesis Charts with Students 266 Differentiation 273 Advanced Extensions 273 Student Handouts and Examples 274 What Could Go Wrong? 274 Technology Connections 274 Attribution 274 III Speaking and Listening 275 15 Listening and Speaking Activities 277 What is It? 277 Why We Like It 277 Supporting Research 278 Common Core Connections 278 Social Studies Connections 278 Application 278 Active Listening Mini-Lesson 278 Guest Speakers 280 Podcasts 283 Student Presentations 285 Differentiation 288 Advanced Extensions 288 Student Handouts and Examples 288 What Could Go Wrong? 289 Technology Connections 289 Attribution 290 Figures 291 16 Discussions 295 What is It? 295 Why We Like It 295 Supporting Research 296 Common Core Connections 296 Social Studies Connections 296 Application 296 Informal Discussion Strategies 297 Formal Discussion Strategies 300 Additional Key Strategies 313 Differentiation 315 Advanced Extensions 315 Student Handouts and Examples 316 What Could Go Wrong? 316 Technology Connections 316 Attribution 317 Figures 317 IV Additional Key Strategies 321 17 Project-Based Learning 323 What is It? 323 Why We Like It 323 Supporting Research 324 Common Core Connections 324 Social Studies Connections 324 Application 324 Key Steps in PBL 325 Textbook Insert Project 334 Other Ideas for Project-Based Learning 344 Differentiation 345 Advanced Extensions 346 Student Handouts and Examples 346 What Could Go Wrong? 347 Technology Connections 347 Figures 348 18 Culturally Responsive Teaching 353 What is It? 353 Why We like It 353 Supporting Research 354 Common Core Connections 354 Social Studies Connections 354 Application 354 Reflective Questions 355 Differentiation 369 Advanced Modifications 370 Student Handouts and Examples 370 What Could Go Wrong? 370 Technology Connections 371 Attribution 371 Figures 372 19 Social and Emotional Learning 375 What is It? 375 Why We Like It 375 Supporting Research 376 Common Core Connections 376 Social Studies Connections 376 Application 377 Growth Mindset Mini-Lesson 377 Empathy Mini-Lesson 380 Tips for Reinforcing SEL 383 Differentiation 385 Advanced Extensions 385 Student Handouts and Examples 386 What Could Go Wrong? 386 Technology Connections 386 Attribution 387 Figures 388 20 Assessment 397 What is It? 397 Why We Like It 397 Supporting Research 398 Common Core Connections 398 Social Studies Connections 398 Application 398 Diagnostic 399 Formative 403 Summative 406 Student Self-Assessment 411 Differentiation 412 Advanced Extensions 413 Student Handouts and Examples 413 What Could Go Wrong? 413 Technology Connections 414 Figures 416 21 Getting the Most from Your Textbook 417 What is It? 417 Why We Like It 417 Supporting Research 418 Common Core Connections 418 Social Studies Connections 418 Application 418 Using Images 418 Using Textbook Excerpts 419 Discussions 420 Timelines 421 Vocabulary 422 Reading Strategies 423 Student-Created Tests 423 Primary Sources 423 Mnemonics 424 Anticipatory Sets 425 Scavenger Hunts 425 Jigsaws 425 Analyzing What's Missing in the Textbook 427 Differentiation 427 Advanced Extensions 427 Student Handouts and Examples 427 What Could Go Wrong? 428 Technology Connections 428 References 429 Index 455

About the Author

ELISABETH JOHNSON teaches Social Studies to both mainstream and English language learners at Luther Burbank High School, in Sacramento, California. She is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), a teacher consultant with the Area 3 Writing Project at the University of California, Davis, and has led teacher development trainings at the San Joaquin County Office of Education. She has taught at the secondary level for 13 years. EVELYN RAMOS LAMARR teaches Social Studies to mainstream and International Baccalaureate students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California, and is a teaching consultant with the Area 3 Writing Project at the University of California, Davis. She has taught mainstream and English language learners at the secondary level for 12 years, and helped create curriculum for, and pilot, the Ethnic Studies course in the Sacramento City Unified School District. LARRY FERLAZZO teaches English, Social Studies, and International Baccalaureate classes to English language learners and others at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. He is the author and co-author of nine books, including The ELL Teacher's Toolbox, and writes a weekly teacher advice column for Education Week Teacher. He is the recipient of the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World Award and winner of the International Reading Association Award for Technology and Reading. KATIE HULL SYPNIESKI has taught English language learners and others at the secondary level for over twenty years. She teaches middle school English Language Arts and Social Studies at Fern Bacon Middle School in Sacramento, California, and leads professional development for educators as a consultant with the Area 3 Writing Project at the University of California, Davis. She is co-author of several books including The ELL Teacher's Toolbox.

Reviews

"The Social Studies Teacher's Toolbox is a must-read for every social studies teacher. The strategies in this book will engage students across the country, add to their analytical skills, and make stronger teachers out of any reader." - Michelle Voelker, ELA/History Teacher, Area 3 Writing Project Teacher Consultant

"As I read The Social Studies Teacher's Toolbox I thought to myself, "This is a book that any teacher could use, regardless of the content." The emphasis on literacy and culturally responsive teaching strategies as well as the inclusion of ideas for meeting all students' needs sets this book apart. Ramos and Johnson's book is a must for every social studies teacher." - Karen Smith, Director, Area 3 Writing Project, UC Davis

"This piece is foundational and exceptionally written for social science teachers and beyond. It lays the groundwork and provides the tools that really capture the essence of this powerful profession in the social sciences in preparing and setting up our students for success."- Karina Figueroa-Ramirez, M.Ed., Educational Equity Coordinator, Faculty Student Mentor Program Coordinator, College of Education - Sacramento State

"This welcome addition to the Toolbox Series draws on the author's own experiences and the experiences of their students. The Social Studies Teacher's Toolbox has a coherent and well organized approach for teachers who want to implement proven practices and effective strategies for learning Social Studies, in particular teachers serving culturally and linguistically diverse youth and their communities."- Janet I Hecsh, PhD, College of Education, California State University, Sacramento

"Elizabeth and Evelyn, current veteran teachers, provide a well-organized, easy to follow, research-based resource full of classroom-tested instructional strategies and lessons that can be used tomorrow. A must-have practical toolkit that will become a well-tabbed go back to resource for any teacher or instructional coach looking for ways to make social studies curriculum accessible and come alive for all students with the use of low-prep, move beyond the textbook ideas that engage and foster effective student-centered learning." - Linda Biewer-Elstob, Instructional Coach Davis Joint Unified School District

"The Social Studies Teacher's Toolbox is a must-read for the Social Science teachers striving to teach more inclusive and accessible content. The chapters detail the research behind the strategies, ways to successfully engage students, support for English language learners, and extensions for advanced learners that make any worthwhile subject both intriguing and rigorous."- Dominique Williams, Social Science Teacher, Contributing author of "The Struggle for Ethnic Studies in the Golden State: Capitol City Organizers and Activists" in the book Rethinking Ethnic Studies

"Ramos and Johnson's book masterfully weaves discipline specific strategies for any social studies classroom with straightforward, plainspoken, classroom tested examples teachers can immediately use. It's a must for any new or seasoned social studies teacher."- Jed Larsen, Middle/High School Social Studies Teacher, Gilder Lehrman California History Teacher of the Year (2011), Social Studies Teacher, Contributor to the UC Davis History Project

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