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Building Literacy in Social Studies Book Review

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Ana Pereira

on 27 February 2014

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Transcript of Building Literacy in Social Studies Book Review

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
A Lesson based on strategies from
Building Literacy in Social Studies
, by Donna Ogle, Ron Klemp, and Bill McBride
Race to Space
About the Book
An excellent resource for Social Studies teachers

Provides practical strategies for fostering engaged learning, teaching academic vocabulary, organizing a classroom for democratic engagement, and promoting civic engagement
The Lesson Plan:
Race to Space
Content Objective:
SWBAT identify key ideas and details of the race between the United States and Russia to put the first man on the moon.

Language Objective:
SWBAT demonstrate understanding of informational text and new vocabulary by using context clues and activating prior knowledge

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies
Activating Prior Knowledge
Student groups will be assigned a vocabulary word from the text and will use pictures cut out from magazines to define the word

Students will associate prior knowledge of the images with the new knowledge of the vocabulary

Great for tactile learners
The Lesson Plan:
Race to Space
Grade Level:

The first man on the moon


1. Students will read a short informational text called "Race to Space," which describes how the United States and Russia competed with each other to put the first man on the moon
2. Context clues activity
3. Magazine vocabulary activity
Context Clues
Students will use the surrounding text to help define the unknown vocabulary word

Readers will act like "detectives" by using clues from sentences surrounding an unknown word in order to make an intelligent “guess” as to what the definition of a word is.
About the Book
Includes best practices for textbook, magazine, and newspaper literacy, teaching vocabulary to older students, and analyzing primary and secondary sources

Provides extensive graphic organizers and unit plans in Appendices
Any Questions?
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