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Social Studies Department 


D.C. Everest Social Studies Department actively promotes reading by teaching content reading strategies, using historical fiction and non-fiction in the classroom, and teaching historical research skills.

The following are helpful Social Studies Reading links:

Reading Quest: Making Sense in Social Studies
This is a web site designed for social studies teachers who wish to more effectively engage their students with the content in their classes. ReadingQuest is designed to provide you with the philosophical bases for sound comprehension strategy instruction, directions for a range of comprehension and content reading strategies, and printable handouts and masters for transparencies.

Instructional Strategies for Content Area Reading Instruction (PDF)
Explains strategies to use before, during, and after reading.

Ms. Merashaf’s Content Area Reading Page
Numerous useful strategies and links on content area reading

Content Area Literacy Strategies

Reading strategies are grouped in four areas:

  1. Attitudes, Interests, and Prior Knowledge

  2. Comprehension 

  3. Word Meaning

  4. Writing and provide several reading strategies under each area

Content Area Teaching Reading Strategies
A simple explanation of before, during and after reading strategies

Reading in the Content Areas
Explanations on how to use a variety of before, during and after reading strategies

Reading Strategies with Lesson Plans
This web site divides reading strategies into four areas: before, during, after, and vocabulary strategies.

Journey North 20 Best Practices Reading Strategies
An easy to use web site with 20 reading strategies

Bring the Ice Maiden to Life: Engaging Adolescents in Learning Through Picture Book Read-Alouds in Content Areas (PDF)
As the title suggests, this is an article about the value of reading read-aloud pictures books in content areas.

Learning Enrichment: Reading Skills in the Social Studies
This site contains many useful research-oriented reading links.

Literacy Skills for the Social Studies Classroom
A helpful web site with links regarding content reading.

Strategies in Action: Being a Strategic Teacher of Social Studies
This piece is a section of the Online Learning Centre, which was created by the government of New Zealand. Strategies for teaching A-Z.

Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom
This is a page on the Holt, Rinehart and Winston web site that offers practice activities to help struggling readers with comprehension.

Reading Strategies: Scaffolding Students’ Interactions with Text
Numerous Reading Strategies

Social Studies, History and Civics: Active Reading Phase
Online activities that promote information literacy – many useful links

Social Studies School Services – Downloadable Pages for Reading and Social Studies (PDF)
This Social Studies School Services site features a downloadable lesson on using context clues from the book Content Area Reading Strategies.

Teaching Today: Reading Strategies
This Glencoe site features weekly reading tips, featured articles and downloadable reading activity pages.

Content Informal Reading Inventory (CIRI) (PDF)
An informal reading inventory for World Studies

Dan Kurland’s Critical Reading
The Fundamentals of Critical Reading and Effective Writing

Strategies for Reading Social Studies Text
Strategies include "Power Thinking," "Selective Underlining," "Sticky Note Discussions," "Power Mapping," and "Column Notes."

A resource book for teaching reading in social studies

Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom
Use these practice activities to help struggling readers with comprehension. The activities were developed by Dr. Judith Irvin, one of the nation’s leading experts on teaching reading to secondary students. For each strategy, you will find one activity targeted at U.S. history and another targeted at world studies

Reciprocal Teaching: A Reading Strategy
This is a monograph which explains how to use the highly effective strategy of reciprocal teaching.

Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light: Reading Decisions in a Social Studies Classroom An article written by an educator about reading strategies she uses in her social studies classroom

Instructional Strategies
The website describes a variety of instructional strategies that can be used to assist students to develop social studies concepts and comprehend their course material. The instructional strategies described and exemplified on the following pages are designed to enhance comprehension, develop concepts and encourage critical and reflective thought.

Why and How I Teach With Historical Fiction
Blending stories into a study of history turns the past into a dynamic place. Historical fiction doesn't stand alone in my instructional program; even the best literature cannot address skills and processes unique to social studies that kids must learn. Students balance fiction with fact, validate historical hypotheses with research. Historical fiction is the spice.

Tales of the Blue and Grey – Civil War Fiction
Contains Civil War Fiction excerpts

Run and Read – Historical Fiction Novel
Contains links to historical fiction websites. The Run and Read homepage contains enormous information on reading

Authors and Titles in Historical Fiction
Contains historical fiction links

A Partial Annotated Reference List
Contains a listing of historical fiction which can be used with students

Historical Fiction vs. History
Contains numerous historical fiction links

Historical Novel Society
Contains numerous examples of historical fiction

Book Best
Contains historical fiction books by topic/time period. Shows the actual front covers of the books

Historical Fiction Genre Study
Contains questions to help students evaluate the historical accuracy of what they are reading


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Last Updated: Thursday, November 01, 2012

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Weston, WI 54476

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Thomas W. Johansen, Principal
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Phone (715) 359-6561
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