Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 2010
A Sequencing Framework for Middle Grades Social Studies Instructional Units
East Carolina University
In working with pre-service and beginning middle grades social studies teachers, the authors have found that those teachers often struggle to organize and sequence content in meaningful ways. Although many national and state curriculum writing bodies have provided organizational frameworks to guide teachers in designing instruction for middles grades social studies, those same bodies have failed to assist teachers in the task of sequencing instruction in ways that assure learning. This article provides a practical sequencing framework that assists middle grades social studies teachers in designing effective instructional units that connect and integrate all of the social studies disciplines.
Key words: beginning teachers, middle grades, organizational framework, sequencing framework, social studies, units