Notable Books, Notable Lessons
January 24, 2018
A new book co-authored by Associate Professor of Humanities Mary Battenfeld argues that when the right picture and chapter books are used, they can effectively serve "double duty" to teach both language arts and social studies to elementary and middle school students.
In the introduction to Notable Books, Notable Lessons: Putting Social Studies Back in the K-8 Curriculum, Battenfeld and her co-authors explain:
"We wrote this book to help classroom teachers, librarians, principals, staff developers, curriculum writers, and teacher educators find good books to facilitate the teaching of social studies concepts and skills."
Features of the book include:
- Award-winning books to integrate social studies and English language arts
- Engaging, ready-to-use lesson plans that encourage hands-on engagement
- Activities that connect to the social studies concepts, require thoughtful, active engagement, and foster critical thinking
- Annotated bibliographies, linked to the thematic strands of each chapter, of other books from the lists of Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, selected by the National Council for the Social Studies and Children's Book Council
From the publisher's website:
"With the amount of time and resources allocated to teaching social studies being significantly reduced, social studies lessons need to be incorporated into other subjects. Notable Books, Notable Lessons: Putting Social Studies Back in the K-8 Curriculum offers the tools to teach students social studies concepts that are increasingly relevant and essential in today's diverse, globalized world-lessons that are vital in order to prepare students to think critically and participate in our multicultural democracy."
"Providing information that elementary and middle school teachers and librarians, district-level curriculum directors and principals, staff developers, and social studies and literacy methods professors will find extremely useful, this book uses the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)/Children's Book Council (CBC)'s current and past lists of Notable Books at the elementary and middle school levels to offer easy-to-follow lesson plans that integrate social studies instruction with reading and language arts. The lesson plans pose compelling questions to facilitate discussion and critical thinking and suggest engaging activities that are connected to the social studies concepts. The book also includes sample student handouts for the selected pieces of literature."