A Guide to Implementing Children's Literature in a Sixth-Grade Social Studies Classroom
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This project discussed the struggle adolescent students have with reading and motivation. It then examined how the use of picture books can be an effective way to engage students in a middle school social studies classroom. Three research questions guided this project. First, why should picture books be used to teach social studies to middle school students? Second, what characteristics make a selection of picture books appropriate for older students? Third, what are some recommended picture books and how can they successfully be applied to a middle school social studies classroom? With these questions in mind, this project then used the NCSS Notable Trade Books for Young People for 2009 to identify ten picture books that are appropriate for a sixth-grade middle school social studies classroom. An annotated bibliography and a sample lesson plan accompany each book selection.
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