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:
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
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
Reading strategies are grouped in four areas:
Attitudes, Interests, and Prior Knowledge
Writing and provide several reading strategies
under each area
Content Area Teaching
A simple explanation of before, during and after reading
Reading in the Content Areas
Explanations on how to use a variety of before, during and after
Strategies with Lesson Plans
This web site divides reading strategies into four areas: before, during,
after, and vocabulary strategies.
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.
Reading Skills in the Social Studies
This site contains many useful research-oriented reading links.
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
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
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."
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
Teaching: A Reading Strategy
This is a monograph which explains how to use the highly effective strategy
of reciprocal teaching.
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
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.
the Blue and Grey – Civil War Fiction
Contains Civil War Fiction excerpts
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
Contains historical fiction links
A Partial Annotated
Contains a listing of historical fiction which can be used with students
Historical Fiction vs.
Contains numerous historical fiction links
Historical Novel Society
Contains numerous examples of historical fiction
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