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Making Connections in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies

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Preface I. Building a Framework for Social Studies 1. Defining Social Studies 2. Celebrating Diversity in Social Studies Education II. Planning and Assessment in Social Studies 3. Planning Learning Experiences 4. Assessing Student Growth III. Instructional Strategies in Social Studies 5. Instructional Models in Social Studies 6. Differentiating the Curriculum Using Inclusive and Multi-Level Practices 7. Teaching Cognitive Processes in Social Studies 8. Inquiry Learning in Social Studies 9. Learning Through Human Interaction IV. Using Social Studies to Enhance Literacy 10. Textbooks and Social Studies 11. Learning Through Literature and Language Arts V. Teaching Subject Area Content in Social Studies 12. Teaching History and Geography 13. Teaching Civics and Government and Economics VI. Using Social Studies to Enhance Democracy 14. Using Current Events and the Internet to Teach Social Studies 15. The Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Dimensions of Social Studies Education Epilogue

About the Author

Dr. Andy Johnson was a 1976 graduate of Grantsburg High School in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin, River Falls where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Music and Speech-Communication. After earning elementary teaching licensure, he taught 2nd grade in River Falls, Wisconsin from 1983-1986. He went on to teach in elementary schools in the Twin Cities area and also spent three years working in the Grantsburg School District as A 5th grade teacher and the Gifted Education Coordinator. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Literacy Education in 1997. He is currently working at Minnesota State University, Mankato as a professor of literacy in the Department of Special Education where he specializes in literacy instruction for students with reading difficulties. He is the author of 10 books and numerous academic articles related to literacy, learning, teacher development, and the human condition. He lives in North Mankato with his wife, Dr. Nancy Fitzsimons and his dogs Mickey and Emmet.

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