How to make connections with reading to boost social studies achievement

Students can improve achievement in social students by making real-world connections between this subject and reading, writes Andre Benito Mountain, a professional-learning specialist with the Richmond County school system in Georgia. Data show achievement gaps of up to 30% between reading and social studies, he notes in this commentary. "This prompts the question: Why are our students able to perform in reading, but unable to apply those skills to social studies?" he writes.

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