Higher Education

Teaching Elementary Social Studies: Strategies, Standards, and Internet Resources, 3rd Edition

  • James A. Duplass University of South Florida
  • ISBN-10: 049581282X  |  ISBN-13: 9780495812821
  • 464 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004
  • © 2011 | Published
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Written for the elementary social studies methods course, this "interactive" program features a combined textbook-workbook that is thoroughly integrated with a dynamic website. To accommodate the visual preferences of today's students, the easy-reading print text features bulleted lists and contemporary graphics. The program's interactive approach and flexibility allow instructors to model the kinds of teaching principles and practices that students will want to use in their own elementary school classrooms. These principles and practices are integrated throughout the text and include active-learning strategies, application of constructivist principles, a focus on big ideas and thinking skills, use of the Internet, and modeling of best practices and performance-based assessments (based on INTASC and NCATE standards). As a result, the book serves as a springboard for classroom activities, website explorations, and/or instructor-led activities.

Features and Benefits

  • Text features include "Teacher's Tips" boxes that provide practical ideas to use in the classroom. "Best Practices" are bulleted lists of teaching examples related to the topic under discussion; instructors can use these lists as starting points for developing their own lists of examples and approaches. Questions throughout each chapter, signaled in the margin with an icon, promote reflection and challenge students on the ideas presented.
  • "Quotations and Reflections" illuminate key concepts through quotes from notable historical and contemporary figures as well as thought-provoking ideas that support students' development as reflective practitioners.
  • Hands-on assignments ask students to think about a concept, reconstruct their understanding of the concept, and apply their knowledge. To create lesson plans that apply instructional approaches in the text, readers are often referred to the website. All assignments are intended to be graded projects and are tied to specific INTASC standards.
  • Streamlined coverage provides stronger focus on social studies methods. Topics on general methods (such as classroom management and parent-teacher relations) have been moved to the website as "bonus topics."
  • Premium Website resources include TeachSource Video Cases that are integrated in the print text through "Assignment" boxes that direct students to the website to view a related case and answer questions. The four- to six-minute video modules present examples of problems, methodology, and teaching styles that allow students to experience and reflect on the complex challenges and opportunities that teachers face every day. Each "Video Case" contains reflection questions, bonus videos, classroom artifacts, teacher interviews, and key terms to enhance the viewing experience.

Table of Contents

1. What Is Social Studies Education?
2. Social Studies Knowledge.
3. Character Education.
4. Citizenship Education.
5. Multicultural and Global Education.
6. Expanding Communities and Core Knowledge Frameworks.
7. Instructional Models.
8. Lesson Planning.
9. Choreography of Instruction.
10. Internet Resources, Sources and Safety.
11. Creating Lesson Plans Using Internet Resources.
12. Adapting Internet Activities and Lesson Plans to Your Classroom.
13. Assessment.
14. Alternative Assessment.
15. Traditional Assessment.
16. National and State Standards.
17. Social Studies, Standards, and Internet Resources.
18. History, Standards, and Internet Resources.
19. Economics, Standards, and Internet Resources.
20. Geography, Standards, and Internet Resources.
21. Government, Standards, and Internet Resources.
22. Social Sciences, Topical Approaches, and Internet Resources.
23. Reading Strategies for Social Studies.
24. The Crucial Role of Social Studies Vocabulary.
25. Textbooks and Social Studies Instruction.
26. Children's Literature and Social Studies Instruction.
27. Writing and Presentations.
28. Primary Documents and Realia.
29. Charts and Statistics.
30. Creating and Interpreting Maps.
31. Chronological Thinking and Timelines.
32. Strategies and Direct and Indirect Instruction.
33. Concept Formation.
34. Active Versus Passive Learning.
35. Critical Thinking Skills.
36. Problem Solving and Decision Making.
37. Values Formation.
38. Modeling and Metacognition.
39. Lecture.
40. Questioning.
41. Analogies.
42. Concept Organizers.
43. Group Learning.
44. Practice and Homework.
45. Self-Directed Learning and Learning Centers.
46. Role Playing and Games.
47. Discussion and Case Studies.
48. Service Learning, Field Trips and Guests Speakers.
49. Video and Sound Recordings.
50. Conclusion--Integrating What You Have Learned.
List of Assignments and INTASC Standards Correlations.

What's New

  • This edition incorporates the new NCSS statements--Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies and Powerful and Purposeful Teaching in Elementary School Social Studies.
  • The 2008 NCATE Standards are included.
  • New or enhanced treatments of key topics such as "Close Reading" strategies, Character Education, Citizenship Education, Differentiated Instruction, Discovery Learning, and Values Education.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

James A. Duplass

James A. Duplass (Ph.D., St. Louis University) is a professor at the University of South Florida (USF), a Carnegie I urban university. The social studies program at USF is NCATE and NCSS accredited, and much of the material for this book is a result of research to develop a new curriculum for social studies education. The author has published numerous articles on social studies instruction, served as editor of a regional journal, and authored a book, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHING: STANDARDS: METHODS, AND BEST PRACTICES (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). Dr. Duplass teaches elementary and middle school social studies methods courses to undergraduate and graduate students and a philosophical foundation of social studies education course for doctoral students.