Integrative Strategies for the K-12 Social Studies Classroom

Edited by:
Timothy Lintner, University of South Carolina Aiken

A volume in the series: Teaching and Learning Social Studies. Editor(s): William B. Russell, University of Central Florida.

Published 2013

While the concept of integration or an interdisciplinary curriculum has been around for decades, the purposeful practice of integration is a relatively new educational endeavor. Though classroom teachers often say they “integrate,” there generally seems to be a lack of understanding of what this thing called integration is (theory) and what it is supposed to look like in the classroom (practice).

Arguably, no other discipline has felt the pressure to integrate more than social studies. Marginalized by federal initiatives such as No Child Left Behind and suffering from a general crisis of credibility, social studies has been pushed further and further to the proverbial back burner of educational importance. Yet regardless of perspective or position, social studies remains ripe for integration.

The crux of this book is to provide educators insights and strategies into how to integrate social studies with other discipline areas. Calling upon national experts in their respective fields, each chapter chronicles the broad relationship between individual content areas and social studies. Multiple examples of integrative opportunities are included. At the end of each chapter is a series of grade-specific integrative lesson plans ready for implementation. This book was purposefully designed as a how-to, hands-on, ready-reference guide for educators at all stages and all levels of teaching.

Foreword. Integrative Opportunities in the Social Studies Classroom: Making Minutes Matter, Timothy Lintner. Picture This: The Integration of Art and Social Studies, Susan Pitts Santoli and Paige Vitulli. The Play’s the Thing: Integrating Drama with Social Studies, Thomas N. Turner. Making Social Studies Accessible and Engaging for English Language Learners, Jason O’Brien and Barbara Cruz. Social Studies and Literacy: Exploring Interdisciplinary Teaching in a Professional Development School Setting, Deborah MacPhee. Interdisciplinary Strategies for Math and Social Studies, Bridget Coleman. Traveling the World Through the Vehicle of Music, Jeannette Fresne and Donna Louk. The Social Side of Science, Andrea Burrows and Jennifer Keiner. Don’t Forget Me! Using Special Educators to Support Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, Darren Minarik and Danielle Coughlin. Things Said and Done: Using Digital Tools to Enhance Historical Memory, John K. Lee, Meghan Manfra, and Jonathan List. Visual Literacy Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom, Stewart Waters and William B. Russell, III. About the Contributors.