Read each of the articles listed below to learn how key concepts define a framework for teaching social studies.
After you read the articles, write answers to the following questions. You can use the Reading Questions form (PDF).
- How do advance organizers help students learn new concepts?
- How does yearlong planning differ from unit or lesson planning?
- Describe the elements of the Teaching for Understanding framework:
- Generative topic
- Understanding goals
- Performances of understanding
- Ongoing assessment
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Using Schema Theory To Teach American History (PDF)
Explains advance organizers in relationship to schema theory.
Duis, Mac. "Using Schema Theory To Teach American History." National Council for the Social Studies.
Putting Understanding Up Front (PDF)
Provides an overview of the Teaching for Understanding framework.
Perkins, David, and Tina Blythe. "Putting Understanding Up Front. Educational Leadership. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Teaching for Understanding (PDF)
Describes the elements of the Teaching for Understanding framework.
Active Learning Practices for Schools. Teaching for Understanding. Harvard University Graduate School of Education and Project Zero.