This text offers readers a holistic view of elementary social studies that instills compassion for all classroom voices and for those outside the classroom. This approach provides a social studies perspective that enables readers to articulate, apply, and defend engaging learning experiences that value each student. A revision of the original textbook by John Hoge and contributions by Laura E. Pinto, the work presents a comprehensive view of social studies that encourages reader awareness of and appreciation for their emotional and social identities. By being comfortable with themselves and their biases, readers may better appreciate the different perspectives of social studies content and better facilitating learning experiences that value the voices of all students.

chapter 1|13 pages

The Emotional Nature of Social Studies

chapter 2|20 pages

The Social Studies Curriculum

Past and Present

chapter 3|15 pages

Addressing Differences of Opinion

chapter 4|13 pages

Promoting Compassionate Democratic Values

chapter 5|24 pages

Teaching for Social Justice

chapter 7|31 pages

Political Science

Government, Law, and Politics

chapter 8|30 pages


Explaining Money and More

chapter 9|26 pages


The Roots of Knowledge

chapter 10|18 pages


Making Sense of the Environment

chapter 11|28 pages

Psychology, Social Psychology, and Sociology

chapter 12|10 pages


Exploring Physical and Cultural Roots

chapter 13|7 pages

Global Education

chapter 14|13 pages

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