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2nd Edition

Essentials of Middle and Secondary Social Studies

ISBN 9781138617742
Published August 28, 2018 by Routledge
326 Pages

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Book Description

Building on the success of the first edition, Essentials of Middle and Secondary Social Studies 2nd Edition focuses on the key issues central to the teaching of middle and high school social studies, including lesson planning and instructional strategies. Written in an engaging, conversational style, the text encourages teachers in their development as professionals and enables them to effectively use creative and active learning strategies in the everyday classroom.


This second edition has been significantly refined with new and relevant topics and strategies needed for effectively teaching middle and secondary social studies. New features include:

  • An updated chapter on lesson plans, in keeping with the book’s emphasis on planning and teaching. This chapter is designed to provide middle and secondary teachers with new classroom-tested lesson plans and includes two classroom-tested lessons for each grade level (6-12).
  • An expanded chapter on planning. This chapter provides additional discussion about long-range planning and includes examples of lesson plans with details to help students be better prepared.
  • An updated chapter on technology designed to better prepare middle and secondary teachers to effectively incorporate technology into social studies instruction. Attention is given to digital history, media literacy, teaching with film and music, popular apps and numerous other types of impactful technology.
  • "FYI" callouts throughout each chapter. These callouts provide helpful information and further explanation.
  • An expanded discussion of the Common Core Standards and C3 Framework and how they impact teachers.
  • An updated chapter titled "Experiencing Social Studies." This chapter focuses on topics such as teaching with drama, role play, field trips, and service learning.
  • A "Helpful Resources" section that details various websites and online resources for further discovery.


Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables


1. Becoming a Professional Social Studies Teacher

2. Contemporary Social Studies

3. Planning Social Studies Instruction

4. Assessment and Evaluation

5. Reading and Writing in Social Studies

6. Social Studies and Diverse Learners

7. Thinking, Problem Solving, and Skill Acquisition

8. Cooperative Learning in Social Studies

9. Experiencing Social Studies

10. Issues-Centered Learning and Decision-Making

11. Chapter Eleven, Technology and Media in Social Studies

12. Lesson Plans for Secondary Social Studies


About the Authors


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William B. Russell III is Professor of Social Science Education at The University of Central Florida.

Stewart Waters is Associate Professor of Social Science Education at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Thomas N. Turner is Professor Emeritus of Social Science Education at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.