Social Studies Methods for Pre-Service Elementary Teachers: Implications for Literacy and ELL Instruction

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Eight elementary social studies methods texts were examined specifically focusing on literacy content (reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary strategies, and literacy activities) for the general education population and for English Language Learners (ELLs). Analysis of the texts found that while a limited number of reading comprehension and vocabulary strategies and activities were found in each text, half of the texts did not detail how to use the strategies in the classroom or how to differentiate instruction for ELL’s. Thus, collaboration between social studies educators, literacy educators and ESOL educators is needed in order to fully prepare our pre-service teachers to teach across content areas.


literacy; pre-service teachers; elementary methods; social studies

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