Activities to Strengthen Students' Interdisciplinary Social Studies Thinking, Literacy, and Argumentation Skills
Presenter: Jeremiah Clabough

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The C3 Framework by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has had a positive impact on best teaching practices in the K-12 social studies classroom. In this seminal document, NCSS advocates that social studies teachers need to develop their students' content-area literacy, thinking, and argumentation skills in economics, history, civics, and geography. Social studies educators have earnestly taken up the call to develop students' historical literacy, thinking, and argumentation skills. However, the same cannot be said for economic, civic, and geographical thinking, literacy, and argumentation skills.

In this webinar, we will explore four classroom-ready activities that can be utilized by middle school social studies teachers to strengthen their students' economic, geographical, civic, and historical thinking, literacy, and argumentation skills. The steps and resources for these four activities are provided. The graphic organizers, analysis prompts, and writing prompts used may be adapted by audience members to be implemented with other social studies topics. By using activities like the four discussed in this webinar, middle school social studies teachers help to build their students' interdisciplinary social studies thinking, literacy, and argumentation skills simultaneously because social studies disciplines do not work in isolation from each other. The types of activities discussed in this webinar allow middle school students to explore the layers and nuances of an issue, event, or historical figure while being able to also see the ripple effects that people's actions can have on all aspects of society.

Jeremiah Clabough
Dr. Jeremiah Clabough is an Assistant Professor of Social Science Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a former middle and high school social studies teacher. He is the lead author of When the Lion Roars Everyone Listens: Scary Good Middle School Social Studies (Clabough, Turner, & Carano, 2017). His areas of research are teaching topics in civic education and integrating primary sources in the middle and high school social studies classroom. jclabou2@uab.edu
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