Abstract 10- Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2008

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2008



Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan: Small Steps by Louis Sachar

Diane Brantley
California State University, San Bernardino


Small Steps is a powerful book about doing the right thing, even under less than desirable circumstances. The accompanying novel lesson plan has been developed to help teachers guide students through the book by engaging them in meaningful reading, writing, and critical thinking activities. Students will be instructed using such essential learning strategies as DR-TA, QAR, and Story Impressions in order to fully appreciate the social implications explored within the text. The text and novel lesson plan can be used with intermediate and middle school level students as a part of their language arts and social studies curricula.

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About the Author(s)…

Diane K. Brantley, Ph.D. is a former classroom teacher and reading specialist who has worked in the field of education for the past twenty years. Presently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Culture and is teaching assessment and instruction courses in the Reading and Language Arts Credential and Master’s Degree Program at California State University, San Bernardino. Additionally, Dr. Brantley is an active member of NCSS and NSSSA and works in the field of social studies education as well. In the fall of 2006, Dr. Brantley published Instructional Assessment of English Language Learners in the K-8 Classroom. Contact information is dbrantle@csusb.edu