Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2013
Days & Times

MW 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Dr. Angela Cartwright (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Learners are able to describe learning and thinking in elementary and middle school science, mathematics and social studies.
  • Learners will be able to develop curriculum and use effective instructional planning skills.
  • Learners will be able to develop appropriate assessment tools to assess students learning.
  • Learners will be able to use assessment data to design appropriate learning activities.
  • Learners will be able to develop lesson plans that involve students in an active learning environment.
  • Learners will be able to develop and implement effective teaching strategies.
  • Learners will be able to develop lesson plans/units that incorporate national standards in social studies, science, mathematics, and technology applications.
  • Learners will be able to develop lesson plans/units that incorporate state standards in social studies,, science, mathematics, and technology applications.
  • Learners will be able to develop and implement learning environments that utilize various teaching/learning strategies.
  • Learners will be able to develop learning activities that involve the infusion of technology.

Grading Standards


Plan “minds-on” lessons around “powerful ideas” (Domains I and III)                                                   350 points

*Observations completed by the professor (Domain III)                                                                          pass/fail

Reflection after each lesson with a SS component taught (see reflection guide on D2L) (all Domains) 100 points

Course reading assessments and activities (Domain I)                                                                              100 points

Creating a Learning Community exercise - see page 49 of your text (Domain II)                                    100 points

Curriculum-based WebQuest with a focus on primary source documents (Technology)                          100 points

Feedback provided by your mentor teacher (Domains II and III)                                                            100 points

Develop personal learning goals for each domain (Domain IV)                                                                  10 points

Continual reflection through discussion board (Domain IV)                                                                      10 points      

Relevant scholarly article and Professional Development opportunity on D2L (Domain IV)                    10 points

*Observation of professionalism by instructor, mentor, and principal (Domain IV)                                  

*Member in good standing within the Professional Learning Community (Domain IV)


Final: reflection (details forthcoming)                                                                                                      120 points

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance: Professional teachers are dependable, reliable, and responsible. Therefore, candidates are expected to be on time and in attendance at every class, and to stay for the entire class. Tardiness, leaving early, and absences are considered evidence of lack of dependability, and are taken seriously.

Course grades will be affected by each absence. Daily grades are given for class participation and in-class assignments. Daily work cannot be made up unless absence is previously authorized. We will only take responsibility for having handouts and materials at class on the day initially provided. If you have to be absent, be sure you have arranged for a peer to obtain materials for you. Call or email the appropriate professor/mentor teacher if you are going to be late or absent for lecture or internship.

Absences will cost you up to 20 points per class. Any absences beyond 3 will demonstrate the candidate’s lack of professional responsibility and may result in the candidate being dropped from the course or issued a fitness alert. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make up any missed work.  

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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