Disciplinary Literacy in Social Studies emphasizes the ability to critically read and sort through a staggering amount of available information, to engage in reading high-quality informational texts, and to use evidence to support reasoning. In the History classroom, this means an emphasis on historical inquiry and the concept of “thinking like a historian.”
Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Social Studies
According to Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Social Studies, “[s]ocial studies helps young people develop the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed and reasoned decisions as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.” To facilitate this, the Wisconsin content standards contain five strands – Geography, History, Political Science and Citizenship, Economics, and Behavioral Sciences – in which students of all levels need to develop proficiency.
Many of the primary source materials available through Recollection Wisconsin directly support teaching of the History strand of the Wisconsin content standards, including the historical areas and themes outlined for students studying Wisconsin history in grades 4-12. Recollection Wisconsin also provides resources and ideas for social studies teachers that support the performance standards focusing on Wisconsin in any of the five strands. For example, the Map and Atlas Collection and other historic maps available through Recollection Wisconsin can enhance the teaching of Geography. Documents and other resources from Wisconsin politicians, such as the Senator Joe McCarthy: Audio Excerpts, 1950-1954 collection, the Senator William Proxmire Collection, or the Tommy G. Thompson Collection, support the Political Science and Citizenship strand.