ERIC Number: ED243782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-26
Reference Count: 0
The Schoolmarm and the Big City Immigrant: The Study of the American Urban Experience through Popular Culture.
Chilcoat, George W.
Activities focusing on three popular culture genres of the late nineteenth century--the muckraker magazine, the dime novel, and melodrama--help secondary students appreciate the ethnic diversity, social problems, and social themes of turn-of-the-century urban America. Material is divided into four sections. Following an introduction, the first section describes advantages of using these genres in the classroom. In the remaining sections, historical background and literary characteristics of each genre are accompanied by a description of a major student project. Students design and write a muckraking magazine, write a dime novel, and produce a melodrama based on themes relevant to the period. For each activity, directions, layout design, and evaluation questions are provided. (LP)
Descriptors: American Studies, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Ethnic Groups, Humanities Instruction, Immigrants, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Popular Culture, Secondary Education, Social History, Social Problems, Social Studies, Theater Arts, United States History, United States Literature, Urban Culture
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (San Francisco, CA, November 26, 1983). For related documents on using popular culture to teach American history, see SO 015 630-631.