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EDUC672 - Integrated Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC672 Course ID: 4178 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course explores the keys to successful integration of language arts into the elementary social studies curriculum. It will enhance understanding and appreciation of social studies content and processes and language arts skills that promote progress toward social education goals. Social studies is integrative by nature (National Council for the Social Studies, 2009). Powerful and purposeful social studies incorporates language arts skills to help young learners use context clues to suggest meaning, decipher maps and charts, and interpret primary and secondary source documents. Knowing innovative ways to integrate language arts into the social studies curriculum is extremely important. A high quality integrative social studies and language arts curriculum brings forth carefully chosen Big Ideas and Essential Understandings with authentic action to promote social understanding and civic efficacy. This course will delineate the integrative nature of elementary social studies and explore the ways in which literature adds depth and breadth. (Prerequisite: EDUC503)





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

In this course, candidates will:

1. Analyze the nature and purpose of contemporary elementary social studies with emphasis on grades K-5 social studies in an age of accountability.

2. Compare the history of social studies instruction to current reform guidelines.

3. Analyze the continuum of social studies curriculum integration.

4. Examine how to effectively integrate children’s literature into social studies instruction.

5. Examine how to effectively integrate high quality literature into social studies instruction.

6. Create authentic learning experiences in social studies.

7. Apply principles of social studies integration to curriculum design.

Required Textbooks

Johnson, A. P. (2009). Making connections in elementary and middle school social studies. (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Required Texts

Duplass, J. A. (2007). Elementary social studies: Trite, disjointed, and in need of reform? The Social Studies, 98(4), 137-144.

Fitchett, P. G. & Heafner, T. L. (2010). A national perspective on the effects of high-stakes testing standardization on elementary social studies marginalization. Theory and Research in Social Education, 38(1), 114-130.

National Council for the Social Studies. (2009). Powerful and purposeful teaching and learning in elementary school social studies. Retrieved from http://www.socialstudies.org/positions/powerfulandpurposeful.

National Council for the Social Studies. (2008). A vision of powerful teaching and learning in social studies: Building social understanding and civic efficacy. Retrieved from http://www.socialstudies.org/positions/powerful

National Council for the Social Studies (2001). Creating effective citizens. Retrieved from http://www.socialstudies.org/positions/effectivecitizens

If this link does not work, see http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/6505/650511.html

O'Brien, J. (2008). Are we preparing young people for 21st -century citizenship with 20th-

century thinking? A case for a virtual laboratory of democracy. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education [Online serial], 8(2). Available: http://www.citejournal.org/vol8/iss2/socialstudies/article2.cfm

Wade, R. (2002). Beyond expanding horizons: New curriculum directions for elementary social studies. Elementary School Journal, 103(2), 115-130.

Wiggins, G. (2005). Overview of UBD and the design template. Retrieved from http://www.grantwiggins.org/documents/UbDQuikvue1005.pdf

Recommended Textbook for the degree program:
In addition to the required texts in this course, you are strongly encouraged to purchase the latest addition of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.) if you have not previously purchased this resource.

Journal Articles located in Sakai classroom

1.

Alleman, J. A. & Brophy, J. (1991). Is curriculum integration a boon or a threat to social studies? Social Education, 57(6), 287-91

2.

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.

3.

Barton, K. C. (2001). A picture’s worth: Analyzing historical photographs in the elementary grades. Social Education, 65(5), 278-283.

4.

Ekiss, G. O., Trapido-Lurie, B., Phillips, J. & Hinde, E. (2007). The world in spatial terms:

Mapmaking and map reading. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 20(2), 7-9.

5.

Grosvenor, G. M. (2007). The excitement of geography. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 20(2), 4-6.

6.

Johnson, C. S. (submitted). Curriculum integration: An unnecessary fear? In W. Russell (ed). Contemporary social studies: An essential reader.

7.

Johnson, C. S. (submitted). BAM! High quality, integrative social studies typology. Theory and Research in Social Education.

8.

Johnson, C. S & Thomas, A. T. (2009). Caring as classroom practice. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 22(1), 8-11.

9.

Lintner, T. (2010). Using children’s’ literature to promote critical geographic awareness in elementary classrooms. The Social Studies, 101(1), 17-21.

10.

McBee, R. H. (1996). Can controversial topics be taught in the early grades? The answer is yes! Social Education, 60(1), 158-162.

11.

Meyers, L. E. (2005). Surfing a wave of good books. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 16(4), 24-26.

12.

Moses Stewart, L. & Marshall, J. (2009). Denied access: Using African American’s children literature to examine the anatomy of social justice. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 22(1), 27-30.

13.

Passe, J. (1988). Developing current events awareness in children. Social Education, 52(7), 234-236.

14.

Soldier, L. L. (1990). Making anthropology a part of the elementary social studies curriculum. Social Education, 54(1), 12-14.

15.

Virtue, D. C. (2007). Folktales as a resource in social studies: Possibilities and pitfalls using examples from Denmark. The Social Studies, 98(1), 25-27.

Recommended Readings:

1.

Gambrell, L. B. & Marinak, B. A. (2009). “Sometimes I just crave information!” Teaching and learning with informational text. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 21(3), 4-5.

2.

Krebs, M. & Lear, J. (2009). Service-learning and nonfiction texts: Connections for comprehension. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 21(1), 17-20.

3.

Meyers, L. E. Holbrook, T., & May, L. A. (2009). Beyond heroes and role models: Using biographies to develop young change agents. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 21(3), 10-14.

4.

National Council for the Social Studies. (2007). Social studies in the era of No Child Left Behind. Retrieved from http://www.socialstudies.org/positions/nclbera

5.

Nielsen, L.E., Finkelstein, J. M., Schmidt, A. & Duncan, A. (2008). Citizenship education: Engaging children in building community. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 21(1), 20-33.

Websites/Blogs/Other Digital Media

In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites 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

Website URL/Address

National Council for the Social Studies: The official professional organization for social studies professionals P-16.

http://www.socialstudies.org

International Reading Association: The official professional organization for reading specialists, literacy, and language professionals P-16.

http://www.reading.org

USGS Multimedia Gallery: The USGS Multimedia Gallery contains large collections of educational videos, animations, podcasts, and image galleries. You can search each collection by topic and or keyword tags. RSS feeds are available for each gallery.

http://gallery.usgs.gov/

The Week in Rap: Produced by the same people that produce Flocabulary. Each Friday The Week In Rap posts a weekly news summary in the form of a rap music video. The videos cover stories from national and international politics as well as sports and entertainment news

http://theweekinrap.com/

Teachers.tv : A UK- based website of videos for teachers and about teaching. Teachers.tv provides hundreds of videos available for free download. On Teachers.tv there are videos for all grade levels and content areas. Teachers.tv also has videos about teaching methods and practices.


http://www.teachers.tv/

Discovery Channel: The History Channel and the Discovery Channel both offer a lot of content similar to and, in some cases, identical to that which is found on their respective television networks.

http://dsc.discovery.com/

History Channel: The History Channel and the Discovery Channel both offer a lot of content similar to and, in some cases, identical to that which is found on their respective television networks.

http://www.history.com/

Teacher Tube: Teacher Tube provides user generated videos for teachers by teachers. Many of the videos on Teacher Tube have teachers sharing lesson plans in action. Some videos on Teacher Tube are simply inspirational. And other videos don't have teachers or students in them, but contain educational lessons none the less.

http://www.teachertube.com/

Book Title:Making Connections in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies, 2nd Ed.
ISBN:9781412968560
Publication Info:Sage
Author:1412968569
Unit Cost:$94.50

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.