The Inquiry Arc and Historical Thinking

With Common Core Literacy Expectations and the NCSS College, Career, and Civic Life standards,

English teachers are being asked to include more social studies content into their instruction – that’s a good thing. But social studies teachers are also being asked to include much more reading, writing, and communicating into their stuff – which is a very good thing. Quality social studies folks have been doing this sort of thing forever. There’s just no way to do Social Studies right without “English/Language Arts” skills embedded into our instruction.

And I know that state, national, and Common Core literacy standards are freaking some of you out. So you’ll find a few things here that might help settle the nerves a bit.

Web Sites & Lesson Plans

Smithsonian Lessons
Smithsonian History Explorer
Teaching History
Best of History Web Sites
Gilder Lehrman Modules

Digital History
Read and Writing in the Social Studies
Teaching Tolerance
My Wonderful World
Edsitement: The Best of the Humanities on the Web

Internet History Sourcebooks Project
National Park Service: Links to the Past
Social Studies Central Lesson Plans page
National Geographic Teaching Resources

Literacy Strategies / Book Sites

Literature with Social Studies Themes
Great resources for K-6 teachers
Notable Tradebooks
Yearly list of K-8 tradebooks by the National Council for the Social Studies
Literacy in Social Studies
Some useful links and tutorials
ReadingQuest: Making Sense in Social Studies
A website designed for social studies teachers who wish to more effectively engage their students with the content in their classes
Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom
Use these practice activities to help struggling readers with comprehension

ReadWriteThink
Goal is to provide educators with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts
Reading as a Strategic Activity
Four types of strategies: reading, vocabulary, discussion, organization
Schools of California Online Resources for Education / History & Social Studies
Lessons and extensive book lists by grade
Opening Doors with Childrens Lit
Book titles by topic
Recommended Reading List
Extensive list from the California DOE