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Building Social Studies Content Knowledge and Inquiry Skills

To be meaningful, social studies content knowledge must push beyond recall of simple facts.

Social studies instruction is meaningful when students recognize the importance and relevance of the knowledge and skills they are acquiring, and when instruction develops skills they will use later in life as citizens and scholars.

Over the past several years, the emphasis on social studies instruction has declined in schools, and educational policy has placed greater importance on mathematics and language arts. However, the reduced emphasis on instructional time and attention for social studies ignores the emphasis that quality social studies interaction places on cross-curricular reading, writing, and thinking skills. By drawing on the tools and content of language arts, math, science, engineering, and fine arts, effective social studies lessons provide real-life examples of and applications for cross-disciplinary thinking and skill building.

Download the full white paper to learn how:

  • Students can become more engaged with content, to make connections across topics, and to voice more nuanced interpretations of important issues
  • Social studies can play in developing cross-disciplinary skills, particularly literacy and writing skills
  • Social Studies Techbook’s organization of resources in each concept around the “5E” instructional model brings further meaning to social studies teaching and learning



Social Studies Techbook is a standards-aligned, core-curricular resource that uses an inquiry-based approach to enhance literacy and critical thinking skills. From stories of ancient cultures to current events, this comprehensive digital textbook takes concepts off the pages and brings lessons to life.
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