Literacy in Social Studies

There are patterns in the way social studies readings are organized.  Teaching students to recognize and understand these patterns will lead to a better understanding of social studies content.  Some readings lend themselves to a particular reading skill, while other passages involve multiple reading skills.  Reading with a purpose assists student's comprehension.  Below are important reading skills that will increase student's understanding of social studies and prepare students for future careers and college.  Click the skill for instructional strategies. 

1.  Main Idea and Author's Approach

2.  Supporting Details

3.  Sequential, Comparative, and Cause-Effect Relationships
4.  Meanings of Words
History/Social Studies Common Core Standards