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Social Studies Literature K-12

The inspiration for this guide is the excellent work completed by Calgary Board of Education and their partners on the Social Studies Literature Connections (K-12) project (2008). We have drawn from their work and will continue to add relevant titles.

About This Guide

Literature is a versatile tool in the social studies classroom!

  • An engaging picture book can provide a springboard for conceptual understanding, meaningful conversations about current issues, or further inquiry.
  • Novels can be used to find excerpts to share, anchor a unit of study, or serve as enrichment/adapted activities.
  • Informational texts offer a non-textbook opportunity for critical engagement with course content.

Use Grade Levels at Left to Find Examples of Literature that connects to AB SS Outcomes. 

  • Based on a resources completed by the Calgary Board of Education and other partners.
  • Find suggestions for how the text might connect to a specific outcome.
  • A link to the Original Social Studies Literature Connections Document is Below.
  • Use the KEYWORDS listed to help you try new searches for current titles.

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View Original Literature Connections Document