Teaching the Language of Social Studies
Language-aware lessons support all students, especially Multilingual Learners who are still developing in English, access primary-source rich learning
Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies TPS Project
Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, funded by a grant from the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program of the Library of Congress, has collaborated with the Collaborative for Educational Services and other organizations to increase multilingual learner access to the social studies. Read the project announcement post.
- Discussions about increasing the inclusion of multilingual learners in civic and social studies education led to Considerations and Contributions of Multilingual Americans and the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap.
- A professional learning community (PLC) bringing together social studies teachers is in its second year. Visit the dedicated page for this part of the project: EL-HSS Collaborations PLC
Lessons developed and piloted
The English Learner Collaborations project commissioned the development of lessons to illustrate applying English Language Development (ELD) teacher resources to History and Social Studies content.
- Language-Aware examples are written for classrooms that have one or more multilingual student, and support elementary and social studies teachers in seeing ways to support language learning while teaching content with primary sources.
- ESL examples are written for classrooms where language acquisition is the focus, and support English Language Development specialists in using primary sources as they support language skill development.
Suggested citation for language-aware lessons linked below: Audet, A. and Noyes, A. (2022). Suggested citation for ESL lessons linked below: Audet, A. and LaFrance, J. (2023). Title for all citations: Primary source lessons demonstrating practical applications of WIDA 2020 principles and resources for elementary, middle school, and high school social studies teaching. Extending the reach of primary sources: English Learner Collaborations project of the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies. http://www.emergingamerica.org/english-learner-collaborations