"Following in the vein of her best-selling elementary book, June Chapin focuses on key topics that are critical to the teaching of social studies in the middle and secondary classrooms." "This concise, practical text will give you the crucial, relevant strategies and content (including coverage of history, geography, economics, civics, global education, and behavioral sciences) needed to become an effective social studies teacher in today's diverse classrooms. Using the strategies in this text, learn to teach social studies creatively and thoughtfully to encourage your students to become knowledgeable and responsible citizens acting on core values and beliefs." "NEW! Each chapter has a "Diverse Learners" section designed to better prepare you to teach English Language Learners, struggling readers, and students with disabilities, as well as increased coverage of teaching reading in social studies classes." "NEW! Major updates to such topics as No Child Left Behind, Understanding by Design, social justice,revised NCSS standards, Advanced Placement courses, Bloom's taxonomy, taking notes, and global education (Chs. 1, 3, and 7)." "NEW! Additional coverage of Annenberg local civics course, Justice Sandra O'Connor's Our Courts Project, Law Day, Constitution Day, Choices Program, and financial literacy (Chs. 7 and 8)." "NEW! Additional content in Chapter 5 on value-added assessment, best practices with regard to testing, portfolios, team testing, formative assessment, and a summary of characteristics of a good assessment/evaluation system." "NEW! Updates of the NAEP assessments and other national assessments, state standards, and transcript analysis in history, geography, civic education, and economics (Chs. 6, 7, and 8)." "NEW! Technology integrated into thecurriculum throughout all chapters, with attention given to blogs, podcasts, wikis, new online units and lessons, as well as countless new websites."--BOOK JACKET.