D.C. Everest Social Studies Department actively promotes reading by teaching content reading strategies, using historical fiction and non-fiction in the classroom, and teaching historical research skills.
The following are helpful Social Studies Reading links:
Reading Quest: Making Sense in Social Studies This is a web site designed for social studies teachers who wish to more effectively engage their students with the content in their classes. ReadingQuest is designed to provide you with the philosophical bases for sound comprehension strategy instruction, directions for a range of comprehension and content reading strategies, and printable handouts and masters for transparencies.
Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom Use these practice activities to help struggling readers with comprehension. The activities were developed by Dr. Judith Irvin, one of the nation’s leading experts on teaching reading to secondary students. For each strategy, you will find one activity targeted at U.S. history and another targeted at world studies
Why and How I Teach With Historical Fiction Blending stories into a study of history turns the past into a dynamic place. Historical fiction doesn't stand alone in my instructional program; even the best literature cannot address skills and processes unique to social studies that kids must learn. Students balance fiction with fact, validate historical hypotheses with research. Historical fiction is the spice.