Adolescent Literacy Toolkit

English Language Arts Mathematics Science Social Studies

Social Studies Lesson Plans, Narratives, and Literacy Q&A

Lesson Plans and Narratives

The goal of the sample lesson plans is to show content-area high school teachers how they can use literacy strategies to help high school students learn core content and concepts. The lessons are accompanied by narrative explanations that describe the lesson in action.

Literacy Q&A

Literacy experts answered common questions content-area teachers have about integrating literacy instruction into their daily practice. The answers include explanations for why literacy instruction within the content areas is so important and suggestions for how teachers can embed literacy instructional practices into their content lessons.

Cynthia Shanahan provided the answers to the Literacy Q&A for social studies. Her complete biography is available on the About the Toolkit page.

Cynthia Shanahan is a professor of Literacy, Language and Culture and Executive Director of the Council on Teacher Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In her role as professor, she teaches pre-service and in-service teachers to teach middle and high school literacy. She taught for eight years in K-8 schools in California, Guam, Colorado, Arizona, and Georgia as an elementary teacher, special education teacher, and reading specialist.

Social Studies Literacy Q&A