The Importance Of Literacy In Social Studies

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Literacy in Social Studies poses not an issue, but rather a responsibility that many teachers are facing without the necessary tools to provide students with a stimulating environment that can be both engaging, and that can provide students the knowledge necessary to understand the content beyond what it’s written on the text (ability to think critically). These tools are not only the resources required to facilitate the students’ learning experience, but also the issue that comes with the generalization of applying literacy to other subjects other than ELA. Meaning there is an issue with teachers now being required to nourish the development of literacy in their respective content area, and them not being prepared to tackle this in an effective …show more content…
they argue that providing students with the ability to become part of the readings, rather than just follow along with the usual ‘complete questions 1-10’ allows them to immerse themselves into real life situations and rather than just read history, they get to make history, which goes beyond ‘just trying to understand it.’ Meaning, students who were able to let’s say to role play, and pretend to be a historic key figure requires them to be more invested, in order bring that character to life, and while doing so they learn more about the events that took place during that time period, as well as it helps them retain the knowledge gained. This however, was not something that teachers who were part of research learned from other literacy experts or packaged instructional materials. Rather, it came from the teachers’ willingness to push, and read more about social study material, resulting in the teacher’s ability to confidently provide, and create contents for students that will make them ask more than one question about the …show more content…
The reason that this is beneficial for the instructor is due to the fact that the teacher gets to learn more about the students know, as well as getting an insight on what students are actually learning from the content and what they are not learning. This can help tremendously a teacher, as the teacher can take note of this, and change their approach to specific topics, or spend more time explaining

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