Teaching Social Studies to English Language Learners

2nd Edition

By Stephen J. Thornton, Bárbara C. Cruz

© 2013 – Routledge

262 pages

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About the Book

Teaching Social Studies to English Language Learners provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of both the challenges that face English language learners (ELLs) and ways in which educators might address them in the social studies classroom. The authors offer context-specific strategies for the full range of the social studies curriculum, including geography, U.S. history, world history, economics, and government. These practical instructional strategies will effectively engage learners and can be incorporated as a regular part of instruction in any classroom. An annotated list of web and print resources completes the volume, making this a valuable reference to help social studies teachers meet the challenges of including all learners in effective instruction.

Features and updates to this new edition include:

• An updated and streamlined Part 1 provides an essential overview of ELL theory in a social studies specific-context.

• "Teaching Tips" offer helpful suggestions and ideas for creating and modifying lesson plans to be inclusive of ELLs.

• Additional practical examples and new pedagogical elements in Part 3 include more visuals, suggestions for harnessing new technologies, discussion questions, and reflection points.

• New material that takes into account the demands of the Common Core State Standards, as well as updates to the web and print resources in Part 4.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: YOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER

By Tony Erben

1. The Process of English Language Learning and What to Expect

2. Different Types of ESOL Programs: Descriptions and Expectations

3. First Language Development and Development in English

4. Not All ELLs are the same

5. Troubleshooting: Specific Issues and Challenges

PART TWO: WHAT WE KNOW FROM RESEARCH

6. Principles of Social Studies Learning and Research

7. Social Studies-focused ESOL Research

8. Listening, Speaking, Reading, and; Writing

9. Language Acquisition

10. Bilingual Special Needs

PART THREE: TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES

11. Introduction

12. Courses in Social Studies

Geography

U.S. History

World History

Government and Civics

Economics

Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology

13. Controversial Issues in the Social Studies Classroom

PART FOUR: ANNOTATED RESOURCES

PART ONE: YOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER

1.1 Orientation

1.2 The Process of English Language Learning and What to Expect

1.3 Deciding on the Best ESOL Program

1.4 Teaching for English Language Development

1.5 Not All ELLs are the same

1.6 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

1.7 Not All Parents are the Same: Home-School Communication

1.8 English Language Learners with Special Needs

PART TWO: PRINCIPLES OF SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHING AND LEARNING

2.1 Principles of Social Studies Teaching and Learning

2.2 How Instruction Unfolds

2.3 Social Studies-focused ESOL Research

2.4 Enacting the Social Studies Curriculum

PART THREE: TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Geography

3.3 U.S. History

3.4 World History

3.5 Government and Civics

3.6 Economics

3.7 Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology

3.8 Controversial Issues in the Social Studies Classroom

PART FOUR: ANNOTATED RESOURCES

About the Authors

Stephen J. Thornton is Professor and Chair of the Department of Secondary Education at the University of South Florida, USA.

Bárbara C. Cruz is Professor of Social Science Education at the University of South Florida, USA.

About the Series

Teaching English Language Learners across the Curriculum

Books in the Teaching English Language Learners Across the Curriculum series are written specifically or pre- and in-service teachers who may not have been trained in ELL techniques, but still find themselves facing the realities and challenges of today’s diverse classrooms and learners. Each book provides simple and straightforward advice on how to teach ELLs through a given subject area, and how to teach content to ELLs who are at different levels of language proficiency than the rest of their class. Authored by both language and content area specialists, each volume arms readers with practical, teacher-friendly strategies, and subject-specific techniques.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU005000
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
EDU029040
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Social Science