4 Ways to Weave Relevance into Social Studies

Many teachers feel tremendous pressure to find reliable social studies content that is aligned to standards and addresses contentious topics. Newsela Social Studies offers teachers content they can trust to build connections, promote inquiry and bridge the past and present. See 4 ways to build relevance into social studies in this guide.

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Key Takeaways

Dynamic and diverse sources
Examining events from multiple sources and perspectives makes learning more engaging
Research shows that a focus on inquiry is more effective at driving engagement and learning than other, more expository approaches
Equity and accessibility
All students deserve access to grade- level social studies concepts

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Static, one-sided textbooks reduce engagement, leading many students to dismiss social studies as something focused on the past and not relevant to their lives. By making social studies more dynamic, we have an opportunity to engage students in the subject. With this in mind, we pinpointed 4 areas to focus on when planning your social studies content.

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