ERIC Number: ED218206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Teaching American History: New Directions.
Downey, Matthew T., Ed.
This bulletin contains suggestions to help secondary teachers teach about the histories of groups that have too often been ignored by historians and whose histories, when they were recounted at all, have been told largely from outside perspectives. It focuses on women, the family, workers, Native Americans, and other people frequently neglected in U.S. history. There are five chapters. Each chapter contains an introduction, background reading for teachers, a bibliography of additional reading resources, and specific teaching suggestions. Chapter one focuses on women's history. Suggested activities include writing an obituary for any woman chosen from the 1885 state census, exploring an "attic trunk" from the 1920s, analyzing data about women in the labor force, and debating the Equal Rights Amendment. Chapter two deals with "The Family in American History." Students research their family history, read and discuss Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," and examine the problems of black family life. Social history is the topic of chapter three. Students read and discuss sources concerning childrearing in Colonial America and Europe and analyze a case study concerning retirement. Recent trends in American labor history comprise the focus of chapter four. Students read and discuss accounts that describe the shoemaking industry at different times in U.S. history, analyze data which they have gathered concerning changes in working life, and gather information from their community regarding labor unions. The concluding chapter focuses on American Indians. Students conduct research for an independent project and read and analyze books. (RM)
Descriptors: American Indians, Black History, Child Rearing, Educational Change, Family Life, Feminism, History Instruction, Labor Force, Learning Activities, Minority Groups, Resource Materials, Retirement, Secondary Education, Social History, Teaching Methods, Unions, United States History, Womens History
National Council for the Social Studies, 3615 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016 ($6.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
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