Book Title: Social Studies, Literacy, and Social Justice in the Common Core Classroom: A Guide for Teachers
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Author: Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath
Inspired by the author’s research and work with preservice and beginning teachers, this book presents a unique framework to help educators (grades 3–8) embed their efforts to teach social studies for social justice within the context of literacy. It is a resource for using primary and other sources that will offer students new ways of thinking about history while meeting Language Arts Common Core Standards demands for information text and critical thinking. Grounded in the daily realities of today’s public schools, the framework offers a way of planning that takes into account teaching factors that include pressures for content coverage, preparation of students for high-stakes tests, and the low importance placed by many districts on including social studies in the curriculum. Each chapter explains how teachers can restructure, reshape, and work with mandated curriculum materials to teach from a critical perspective. The book also discusses how to meet Common Core Standards by teaching language arts and social studies as complementary subjects.
- Sample lessons.
- Text boxes indicating connections to Common Core Standards.
- Reflection exercises that help further extend concepts and understandings into classroom practice.