Using Fiction & Nonfiction Literature in the 2-6 Social Studies Classroom

Resources, materials, and ready to use lesson plans guaranteed to engage your kids!

We know how powerful picture books, fiction, and nonfiction stories can be in creating connections between our content and students. But what can it look like when we intentionally integrate literature into our social studies instruction? Explore the research, learn more about the power of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, browse book lists designed for ELA / social studies, play with a variety of effective integration strategies, and dig into all sorts of materials and resources.

This self-paced course uses video clips, strategies, and content created during the Spring 2021 Reading Geographically project sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

The course is broken into three chunks:

  • Research & Rationale for Using Literature in the Social Studies
  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy / Selecting the Perfect Book
  • Integration Strategies

You'll get the chance to hear from ESSDACK Social Studies Consultant Glenn Wiebe, middle level educator extraordinaire and Kansas Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Lori Rice, and Minnesota Historical Society education consultant Jessica Ellison.

And you’ll walk away smarter with tools you can use right away!



Your Instructor


Glenn Wiebe
Glenn Wiebe

Glenn’s educational career began at Derby Middle School, finding ways to help thirteen year olds enjoy American History. Wiebe earned his Master’s in American History while continuing to develop innovative practices and sharing them with his students. He spent five years working in higher education, designing effective instruction and integrating video games into social science classrooms. Glenn now travels across the country as an ESSDACK education consultant providing keynotes, presentations, and curriculum development.


Course Curriculum


  Part One: Research and Rationale for Using Literature in the Social Studies
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  Part Two: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy & Selecting the Perfect Book
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  Reflection
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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