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It's estimated that anywhere from 85 to 95 percent of the content addressed in social studies emerges from the textbook. As a curriculum area driven by content coverage unlike any other, social studies teachers face a particular challenge in helping students access and make sense of content.

But the textbook, while significant, is not the sole source of information for students in social studies. Newpapers, supplemental handouts, atlases, encyclopedias, guest speakers, videos and films, field trips, and increasingly the World Wide Web provide the information needed for students to understand, make sense of, and organize the ideas and key concepts of social studies.

It isn't always easy to make a connection between the local, state, and national standards for social studies, the skills of social studies, and the daily sequence of activities in your classroom. The key to bringing all those pieces together may lie in having a way to think about the process of bringing students in contact with the content.

ReadingQuest challenges you to think about what students should know or be able to do and, perhaps more importantly, what it looks like when they are engaging the content towards the purpose of that lesson. While designed with social studies in mind, teachers of any content area can find the strategies and the process useful and helpful.


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