ERIC Number: ED363568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching with Historic Places. ERIC Digest.
This ERIC digest on a new curriculum project called "Teaching with Historic Places" discusses the program, its products, and how they can be used in classrooms and communities by students, teachers, and other interested groups. The program offers not only educational materials, but also professional training and development for teachers, museum educators, and site interpreters. Sponsored by the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places and The National Trust for Historic Preservation and focusing on historic plans that document the past, the program uses the buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects in local surroundings as documents of historical experiences and cultural expressions. This digest suggests that teachers can use historic places to enrich history, geography, and other subjects in the school curriculum, and to integrate instruction across a number of disciplines. At the heart of the "Teaching with Historic Places" program is a series of short lesson plans that are ready for use in the classroom. Each lesson uses a place listed in the National Register of Historic Places to teach a topic usually in the social studies curriculum. The focus of each lesson links a dramatic story of the place to larger themes and events in history. This program is a model for involving young people in researching, interpreting, and taking care of their community environment. It provides an easy-to-follow guide for developing lessons about places in the community. This digest includes information on the developers and distributors of the program materials. A list of references and ERIC resources is included. (DK)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.