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Making Connections in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies

Making Connections in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies

Second Edition

October 2009 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

A practical, holistic approach to integrating social studies with language arts and other content areas

This comprehensive, reader-friendly text demonstrates how personal connections can be incorporated into social studies education while meeting standards of the National Council for the Social Studies. Praised for its wealth of strategies that go beyond social studies content teaching—including classroom strategies, pedagogical techniques, activities, and lesson plan ideas—this book presents a variety of methods for new and experienced teachers.

Key Features

  • Thinking Ahead invites readers to link their own experiences with the chapter content before reading
  • How Do I? boxes give explicit, step-by-step instruction that demonstrates how to implement and apply the strategies, techniques, and activities described in the chapter
  • Making Connections activities help readers make personal connections with the material

New to This Edition
The Second Edition has been significantly refined to incorporate new topic coverage and strategies needed by elementary and middle school social studies teachers

  • New sections divide and organize the text into six thematic sections: foundational concepts, planning and assessment, instructional strategies, literacy, teaching subject area content, and enhancing democracy
  • Differentiating instruction provides an additional focus on students with special needs and differentiating instruction
  • Additional lesson plans and examples are offered throughout the text

Ancillaries available at

  • Password-protected instructor resources include a test bank, PowerPoint slides, sample syllabi, and Web resources.
  • Open-access student study site provides a comprehensive selection of resources to enhance students' understanding of the book's content. The site includes practice tests, flash cards, links to NCSS standards, Internet search terms, and additional resources.

I. Building a Framework for Social Studies
1. Defining Social Studies
2. Celebrating Diversity in Social Studies Education
II. Planning and Assessment in Social Studies
3. Planning Learning Experiences
4. Assessing Student Growth
III. Instructional Strategies in Social Studies
5. Instructional Models in Social Studies
6. Differentiating the Curriculum Using Inclusive and Multi-Level Practices
7. Teaching Cognitive Processes in Social Studies
8. Inquiry Learning in Social Studies
9. Learning Through Human Interaction
IV. Using Social Studies to Enhance Literacy
10. Textbooks and Social Studies
11. Learning Through Literature and Language Arts
V. Teaching Subject Area Content in Social Studies
12. Teaching History and Geography
13. Teaching Civics and Government and Economics
VI. Using Social Studies to Enhance Democracy
14. Using Current Events and the Internet to Teach Social Studies
15. The Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Dimensions of Social Studies Education

Addresses current issues that are of vital importance to pre-service and first year teachers. Does not shy aware from addressing controversial issues in the educational field that have a daily impact not only at a state or local level but also within the classroom. It gives new teachers a realistic concept of what to expect in classrooms of the 21st century with all of the political forces that influence and drive educational policy and procedure. Excellent text that immediately impressed at the first and subsequent readings!! I was hooked after the initial perusal and changed textbooks even though my previous text was a very comprehensive text as well. This text though shines in the sense of how it addresses the pertinent issues of education at this moment.

Mrs Elizabeth Speed
Teacher Education Dept, University of Texas - El Paso
August 27, 2013

This second edition of Making connections in Elementary and Middle school social studies is as comprehensive as the first edition. Using a student friendly fashion, Johnson was able to cover major issues and strategies for those who want to teach social studies and for classroom teachers who want to continue developing their understanding on the field of social studies education.

Dr Alberto Lopez
Teacher Education Reading Dept, Northeastern Illinois University
April 16, 2010

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