It seems like every social studies teacher I talk to asks about reading and writing strategies. Everyone is freaking about Common Core ELA literacy skills for history / government. And I suppose that’s a good thing. Good social studies instruction should always include reading and writing activities.
But I believe that we sometimes overthink the whole process. Give kids engaging questions, provide some interesting evidence, and step out of the way.
An easy way to focus on document analysis and support writing skills is something I call Graphic Notes. A Graphic Note is a lot like a Thought Bubble but takes it a bit further. So you can use it as a hook activity or even as a type of assessment.
1. Start by finding a photo or painting Read more