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Using Content-Area Literacy Strategies in Social Studies Instruction

Updated: Jun 11, 2020

Webinar Summary

Thanks to all who attended our webinar yesterday!

During the webinar, we explored disciplinary literacy and content area literacy in elementary social studies. We welcomed instructional leaders Gina Kirchner and Emily Herman from Lakota Local Schools. They shared details with us about a case study they are designing to provide content area literacy supports to elementary social studies teachers at Lakota.

Lakota has adopted Inquiry Journeys, inquirED's K-6 social studies curriculum. Inquiry Journeys challenges students to undertake sustained investigations and build disciplinary literacy in History, Geography, Economics, and Civics. Because it is unique to build disciplinary literacy in younger students, students have encountered more challenging textual sources than in the past.

The aim of the Lakota's case study is to help teachers analyze readings & predict obstacles so that they can provide scaffolding to students with appropriate content area literacy strategies.


  • Text Complexity Cards: A set of identification cards that describes the ways in which a text might be challenging, then provides possible strategies to scaffold understanding.

If you were unable to view the webinar, a video recording has been provided below.


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