Sample Responses

What is one way that you can use the content to develop literacy skills?

In my second-grade class, I introduce the branches of government and how bills become laws using House Mouse Senate House by Cheryl Shaw Barnes and Peter W. Barnes. We review both general academic and discipline-specific vocabulary. After reading the story we use the events and information to develop a chart of how a bill becomes a law, and the students use the evidence to answer questions first in discussion partners and then in writing.

How does focusing on developing those literacy skills help you teach history/social studies and prepare students for college, career and citizenship?

The book is aligned to the history-social science content standards for second grade, so it helps me address those standards. Developing content knowledge and literacy skills will make my students better prepared for their future and by studying about laws they will better understand how to participate as citizens.