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Do Latino Students Read Differently Than Other Americans? - How History and Religion Affect Reading Habits and Practices

There can be no doubt that the level of teaching and learning in your classroom would vastly improve if every single student possessed a high literacy level and a consistent reading habit, both at home and school.  However, many do not, and perhaps you’ve wondered why.  In a search for some answers, I would like to pose a few sensitive questions.

3 Books to Support Geography and/or Civics in the Classroom

January 16, 2019 By Jessica Hayes

 My last post was about quality novels to teach in the American history classroom. I would like to follow it up with some books teachers can include in their geography and civics class. In Alabama, we devote a semester each to geography and civics during the seventh grade. Often, it can seem that there is not enough time to fit in everything that we need to cover during that time frame. However, the following books are short enough to read in these classes, but “pack a punch” of information.

Reading Strategies for Middle School Novels in Social Studies

January 9, 2019 By Jessica Hayes

When I implement a novel study in social studies, there are a few activities that really work for me in terms of aiding student comprehension. I'll go into what these strategies are, how to use them, and how they help. But first, a note about reading aloud.

3 Novels to Read with Middle School Students in Social Studies

May 30, 2018 By Jessica Hayes

When I first started teaching history, it was difficult for me to incorporate reading passages in a productive and interesting way. I remember looking at a section in my textbook and thinking “how can I keep my students on task when I can barely concentrate on this stuff?”

Activities to Get Students to Do the Reading in Social Studies

Students not doing the reading assigned for homework seems to be an eternal challenge for every teacher.  Failure to do the reading stunts classroom discussions, prevents students from learning and understanding the material to an adequate depth, and does nothing to help students build literacy skills.

Teach Vocabulary Using the Four Language Domains

Students are required to learn several hundred new words each year. As a classroom teacher, how do you make that vocabulary stick in their brains?

Teach Vocabulary for Social Studies Using Systematic Instruction

March 6, 2018 By Dixie Massey

Teachers frequently offer students multiple ways to learn vocabulary: vocabulary cards, quizzes, drawing, matching activities, and even games. By varying the activities, they hope to keep students engaged with the words.

The Importance of Vocabulary Instruction in Social Studies

February 20, 2018 By Dixie Massey

Few would argue with the importance of vocabulary knowledge in all school subjects. 

Teaching for Complex Thinking: Depth of Knowledge

January 30, 2018 By Dr. Aaron Willis
How do educators create the ideal mix of content coverage while at the same time training students to think and analyze novel situations? 

8 Close-Reading Strategies to Develop Literacy Skills in Social Studies

January 3, 2018 By Dr. Aaron Willis

 I have the privilege of working with teachers across the country and I often hear the refrain that too many students are just not reading on level.