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EDUC547 - Elementary School Social Studies

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC547 Course ID: 3811 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course includes an exploration of the materials and techniques for effective teaching of the social studies, with an emphasis on the selection and organization of classroom methods and materials to accelerate the preadolescent and adolescent child’s understanding of their social and global environment. Topics covered include developing and using criteria to select appropriate social studies content, skills, and attitudinal objectives; teaching strategies; the inclusion of 21st Century tools in the classroom setting; and the evaluation procedures that facilitate the social learning of young children and adolescents. It also addresses the cultural, economic, political, and social development of students living in a multicultural and global environment. Current issues and topics in social studies education are also examined.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 10/20/19 Summer 2019 Session A 16 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Examine reasons to teach social studies and the relevance of social sciences curriculum in elementary education.
  2. Analyze the 10 National Themes for Social Studies as a framework for social studies program design.
  3. Integrate social studies with other curriculum areas in elementary education.
  4. Create social studies lesson plans and related documents in four social studies disciplines (to include evaluation strategies and assessment procedures).
  5. Teach social studies lessons from an integrated and learner-centered approach.
  6. Evaluate the state-mandated social studies competencies for primary grades.
  7. Create methods of social studies evaluation and assessment.
  8. Create social studies lessons that incorporate world connections.
  9. Create various avenues of learning in the social studies (i.e. through self-directed inquiry, problem-solving, critical thinking, and reflection in the real world and creative contexts).

Textbooks Required:

In order to access important National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) materials and resources as well as required course readings, please join NCSS as a student member. Select individual membership—and then student membership. See http://www.socialstudies.org/membership/individual and http://members.socialstudies.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/join/person/mbrtype.html?&MktCode=1234

Week 1

NCSS. (n.d.). National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: Introduction. Retrieved from http://www.socialstudies.org/standards/introduction

NCSS. (n.d.). National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: Chapter 2—The Themes of Social Studies.

http://www.socialstudies.org/standards/strands

NCSS. (n.d.). Powerful and Purposeful Teaching and Learning in Elementary School Social Studies. http://www.socialstudies.org/positions/powerfulandpurposeful

Rose, N. (n.d.). Introduction to social studies.

Week 2

Bisland, B. M. L. (2005). Walls, towers, and sphinxes: Multicultural concept construction and group inquiry. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 17(4), 8-12.

http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED490198

Bolick, C. M. (2014). History through a child’s eyes: Pre-service teachers making sense of children’s understandings. Social Studies Research and Practice, 9(3), 1-20.

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Bronwyn, C., & McGuire, M. (2012). Real-world problems: Engaging young learners in critical thinking. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 24(4), 15-?

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Clark, D. (2015). Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning domains. Retrieved from http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/bloom.html

Gibson, S., & McKay, R. (n.d.) What constructivist theory And brain research may offer social studies. http://www2.education.ualberta.ca/css/Css_35_4/ARconstructionist_theory.htm

McCray, K. (2007). Constructivist approach: Improving social studies skills academic achievement. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:zrGuIBbssfUJ:files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED499380.pdf+&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

NCSS. (2009). Powerful and purposeful teaching and learning in elementary social studies. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 22(1), 31-33.

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Wilson, L. O. (2013). Anderson an Krathwohl – Bloom’s taxonomy revised. Retrieved from http://thesecondprinciple.com/teaching-essentials/beyond-bloom-cognitive-taxonomy-revised/

Pieczura, M. (2013). Decidedly dramatic! The power of creative drama in social studies. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 25(3), 9-?

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Schulte, P. L. (2005). Social studies in motion: Learning with the whole person. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 17(4), 13-16.

-Students are required to purchase a membership to NCSS in order to access this material.

http://members.socialstudies.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/logon/redirectback.html?ref=http://socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/yl/1704/170413.pdf

Stobaugh, R.; Tassell, J. L.; Day, M.; & Blankenship, H. (2011). Enhancing the cognitive complexity in social studies assessments. Social Studies and the Young

Learner, 23(3), 4-8.

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Teaching History.org. (n.d.). Constructivism: Actively Building Knowledge. http://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/ask-a-master-teacher/23896

Week 3

Brush, C., & Haynes, J. (n.d.). Developing a multicultural curriculum. http://www.everythingesl.net/inservices/multicultural_curr.php

Mladic-Morales, B. (2014). 5 ways literature can teach global lessons. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/literature-teaches-global-lessons-elementary-becky-morales

Sevier, B,; Sampish, A,; Barnes, M,; & Webb, K. Story quilts: Communicating content and creating connections. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 23(1), 11-15.

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Week 4

Alleman, J., Knighton, B, & Brophy, J. (2007). Social studies: Incorporating all children using community and cultural universals as the centerpiece. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 40(2), 166-173.

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Cruz, B.C., & Thornton, S.J. (2008). Social studies for all: ESOL strategies for the elementary classroom. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 21(2), 11-15.

-Students are required to purchase a membership to NCSS in order to access this material.

http://members.socialstudies.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/logon/redirectback.html?ref=http://socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/yl/2102/210211.pdf

Dorfman, S.; & Rosenberg, R. (2013). Building a community that includes all learners. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 25(3), 5-8.

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Fehn, B.; & Heckart, K. (2013). Producing a documentary in the third grade: Reaching all students through movie making. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 25(3), 18-22.

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Pappamihiel, N. E., Lake, V.E., & Rice, D.C. (2005). Adapting a social studies lesson to include English Language Learners. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 17(3), 4-7.

-Students are required to purchase a membership to NCSS in order to access this material.

http://members.socialstudies.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/logon/redirectback.html?ref=http://socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/yl/1703/170304.pdf

Steele, M.M. (2005). Teaching social studies to students with mild disabilities. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 17(3), 8-10.

-Students are required to purchase a membership to NCSS in order to access this material.

http://members.socialstudies.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/logon/redirectback.html?ref=http://socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/yl/1703/170308.pdf

Week 5

Bickford, J. H. (2013). Examining historical (Mis)representations of Christopher Columbus within children’s literature. Social Studies Research and Practice, 8(2), 1-24.

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Goodman, C., & Singer, A. (2012). Let's tell it right: Historical inaccuracies in a story of Lincoln and Douglass. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 24(4), 30-32.

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King, L. J. (2014). More than slaves: Black founders, Benjamin Banneker, and critical intellectual agency. Social Studies Research and Practice, 9(3), 88-105.

http://www.socstrpr.org/?page_id=3058

Rose, N. (n.d.). Who wants to play myth busters?

Rose, N. (n.d.). The truth, the whole truth, & nothing but the truth?

Zaleski, J; & Zinnel, V. (2013). Who writes history? Developing a social imagination with third graders. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 25(3), 23-26.

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Week 6

Burstein, J.; & Knotts, G. (2010). Creating connections: Integrating the visual arts with social studies. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 23(1), 20-23.

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Mac Austin, H.; & Thompson, K. (2014). Historical thinking: Examining a photo of newsboys in summer, 1908. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 27(2), 29-33.

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Soden, G. J. ; & Castro, A. J. (2013). Using contemporary music to teach critical perspectives on war. Social Studies Research and Practice, 8(2), 55-67.

http://www.socstrpr.org/?page_id=2662

Wineburg, S.; Mosborg, S. ; Porat, D.; Duncan, A. (2007). Common Belief and the Cultural Curriculum: An Intergenerational Study of Historical Consciousness. American Educational Research Journal, 44(1), 70-76.

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Week 7

Marshall, T., & Gonchar, M. (2012). All over the map: 10 ways to teach about geography.

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/all-over-the-map-10-ways-to-teach-about-geography/?_r=0

Week 8

Alibrandi, M. (2005) Online interactive mapping: Basic activities. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 17(3), Pullout pages 1-8.

-Students are required to purchase a membership to NCSS in order to access this material.

http://members.socialstudies.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/logon/redirectback.html?ref=http://socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/yl/1903/pullout.pdf

Ballock, E, & Lucas, A. (2013). Going beyond maps and globes: Exploring children's literature using the five geographic themes. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 26(1), 15-16

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Kirman, J. M. (2007). Aesthetics in geography: Ideas for teaching g using poetry. The Journal of Geography, 106(5), 207-214.

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Lee, C.E.; & Lee, D. (2001). Kindergarten geography: Teaching diversity to young people. The Journal of Geography, 100(5), 152-157.

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Week 9

Barton, K.C. (2001). A sociocultural perspective on children's understanding of historical change: Comparative findings from Northern Ireland and the United States. American Educational Research Journal, 38(4), 881-913.

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Frye, E., & Hash, L. (2013). The voices of children: Re-imagining the internment of Japanese Americans through poetry. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 25(4)30-33.

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Morin, K.D., & Bernheim, B.D. (2005). Who can be a hero? Social Studies and the Young Learner, 17(4), 17-30.

-Students are required to purchase a membership to NCSS in order to access this material.

http://members.socialstudies.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/logon/redirectback.html?ref=http://socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/yl/1704/170417.pdf

Rosebud, E. (2014). Discovering and constructing our Identities: Reading The Favorite Daughter. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 27(2), 5-8.

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Week 10

Brown, E., & Silvestri, L. (2014). Grassroots activists and the three branches of government: Key players in the Civil Rights Movement. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 27(1), 13-18.

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Journell, W.; May, L.; Stenhouse, V.; Meyers, L.; & Holbrook, T. (2012). Scaffolding classroom discourse in an election year: Keeping a cool mood in a heated season. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 25(1), 6-9.

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Mulrey, B.; Ackerman, A.; & Howson, P. (2012). “Boss of the United States” Kindergarteners' concept of voting: Five scaffolded lessons that build understanding. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 25(1), 27-32.

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Wells, C. A (2015). "Why these children are not really Indians": Race, time, and Indian authenticity. American Indian Quarterly 39(1), 1-24,109.

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Week 11

Brophy, J, & Alleman, J. (2002). Primary-grade students' knowledge and thinking about the economics of meeting families' shelter needs. American Educational Research Journal, 39(2), 423-468.

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Rose, N. (n.d.). You are what you teach.

Wright-Maley, C. (2013). Deficit crisis simulation: Using monopoly to teach about the deficit debate. Social Studies Research and Practice, 8(1), 89-101.

http://www.socstrpr.org/?page_id=2493

Week 12

Ferrarini, T. H. (2012). Economics in the media: Cool tools for teaching economics. Social Studies Research and Practice, 7(1), 19-28.

http://www.socstrpr.org/?page_id=1955

Mead, M. (2015). Math in the real world: Teaching practical CCSS aligned personal finance. http://gettingsmart.com/2015/02/econ-math-connection-worth-teaching/

Palmer, P. (n.d.). What resources are best for teaching about economics at the different elementary levels?

http://www.socialstudies.org/askacolleague/elementary/4489

Week 13

Bennett, L., & Cunningham, W. (2011). Founding documents and national symbols: A third grade Webquest. Social Studies and the Young Learner 23(4), 13-16.

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Cavin, A.; Elfer, C. J.; & Roberts, S.L. (2014). iGardening: Integrated activities for teaching in the Common Core era. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 26 (4), pp. 5–9.

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Libresco, A. S. (2014). Bicycles and social change: Technology’s unintended consequences. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 26 (4), pp. 23–25

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Shively, J.M. (2004). Critical thinking and visiting websites: It must be elementary! Social Studies and the Young Learner, 6(4), 9-12.

-Students are required to purchase a membership to NCSS in order to access this material.

http://members.socialstudies.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/logon/redirectback.html?ref=http://socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/yl/1604/160409.pdf

Stobaugh, R., & Gandy, S. K. (2014). Seamless integration of technology into an industrialization unit of study. Social Studies Research and Practice, 9(1), 146-155.

http://www.socstrpr.org/?page_id=2809

VanFossen, P.J. (2004). Using WebQuests to scaffold higher-order thinking. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 6(4), 13-16.

-Students are required to purchase a membership to NCSS in order to access this material.

http://members.socialstudies.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/logon/redirectback.html?ref=http://socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/yl/1604/160413.pdf

Week 14

Tate, K. J. (2007). Notable trade book lesson plan: Recess at 20 below. Social Studies Research and Practice, 2(3), 479-485.

http://socstrp.org/

Week 15

Douglas, W.; Fry, S.W.; Wilhelm, J.D.; & Housley, A. (2015). Developing civic agents by framing lessons with children’s concerns. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 27 (4) pp. 27–30

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Fry, S.; Griffin, S.; & Kirshner, J. (2012). Learning global citizenship: Students and teachers in Belize and the U.S. take action together. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 25(2), 23-27.

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Hopkins, G. (2010). Why teach current events?

http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr084.shtml

Maddoux, M.; McNulty, C.; & Davies, M.A. (2010). Living in the global village: Strategies for teaching mental flexibility. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 23(2), 21-24.

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Nagel, P.; & Beauboeuf, D, (2012). Yellow ducks overboard! A lesson in geography and world citizenship. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 25(2), 5-7.

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Passe, J. (2006). Sharing the “current events” in children’s lives. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 19(1), 4-7.

-Students are required to purchase a membership to NCSS in order to access this material.

http://members.socialstudies.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/logon/redirectback.html?ref=http://socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/yl/1901/190104.pdf

Rose, N. (n.d.). Building citizenship through social studies.

Tate, K. J. (2011). Integrating humane education into teacher education: Meeting our social and civic responsibilities. Teacher Education and Practice, 24(3), 301-315.

-.pdf provided in classroom (instructor/Program Director is author and owns copyright)

APUS Library E-Reserve

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

Academy Curricular Exchange

http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/soc/high.html

American Historical Association

http://www.historians.org/teaching/NCATE.htm

Association for Social Studies Educators and Teachers

http://ptan.org/association%5Casset.htm

Bloom’s Taxonomy

http://www.officeport.com/edu/blooms

http://www.coun.uvic.ca/learn/program/hndouts/bloom.html

Education World – Standards listing

http://www.education-world.com/standards/national/soc_sci/index.shtml

Krathwohl’s Taxonomy

http://classweb.gmu.edu/ndabbagh/Resources/Resources2/krathstax.htm

National Center for History in the Schools

http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/nchs/standards/

National Council for the Social Studies

http://www.socialstudies.org/

National Council on Economics Education

http://www.ncee.net/ea/index.php

National Education Technology Standards for Teachers

http://osx.latech.edu/teachers/index.shtml

National Geography Standards

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/standards/

National Standards for Civics and Government

http://www.civiced.org/stds.html

National Standards for History

http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/nchs/standards/

National Social Studies Supervisors Association

http://www.socialstudies.org/nsssa/

PASS Social Studies

http://www.socialstudies.org/pass

Teaching Matters

http://www.teachingmatters.org/social_studies.htm

The Eighteen National Geography Standards

http://www.ncge.org/publications/tutorial/standards/

Book Title:National Council for the Social Studies. Join as a student-select individual-then student membership- http://www.socialstudies.org/membership/individual and http://members.socialstudies.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/join/person/mbrtype.html?&MktCode=1234
ISBN:AMN
Publication Info:NCSS
Unit Cost:$46.00
Electronic Unit Cost:$46.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.