Making Sense of the World: Importance of Literacy in Social Studies

Patricia Shelton, Teacher

In this talk, Patricia Shelton explores some options for incorporating reading instruction into social studies courses. Social studies courses are loaded with images, documents, maps, graphs, and other resources that require literacy skills to unpack and assign meaning. Without focused document-specific reading skills practice, especially at the secondary level, students may experience confusion and frustration while trying to understand the meaning of a source. Because of the diversity of student populations today, supporting students’ reading needs in social studies courses is of the utmost importance.

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