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Content Area and Disciplinary Literacy in Social Studies


Stanford History Education Group: Reading Like a Historian - Find lesson plans that teach students how to investigate historical questions by employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading.

DBQ Project - Outlines a specific process for argumentative writing in social studies.

Literacy Design Collaborative - Offers social studies lesson plans and modules for middle and high school students that are literacy-rich.

Getting Students to Think Like Historians - Describes how to get students to think like historians and answers the important question of why it is important.

Junior Detectives: Teaching with Primary Sources as a Bridge to Disciplinary Literacy - Discusses a series of inquiry-based activities from "My Place in Time and Space," a 5th grade social studies curriculum. These activities build disciplinary literacy skills through working with primary sources.

Literacy in All Disciplines - This resource from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction includes several resources for thinking about disciplinary literacy.