ERIC Number: ED374023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Czechoslovakia. A Selection of Teaching Materials.
Freedom House, Inc., New York, NY.; Educational Excellence Network, Washington, DC.; American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
This document is a collection of supplemental classroom materials on Czechoslovakia to be photocopies for use in secondary schools in conjunction with the Education for Democracy Project. After decades of Soviet domination and communist dictatorship, Eastern European countries are demanding democracy, human rights, and an end to the Soviet Union's military presence. The democratic revolution in Eastern Europe can serve to help students gain a greater appreciation of and interest in the subject of history, and attain a deeper understanding of the ideas and principles of democracy. This collection of materials offers an historical framework for considering current events, but is focused on the events, ideas, issues, and personalities that have propelled Czechoslovakia's successful democracy movement. A timeline, maps and a college of historic headlines are included to give a basic historical context. A vocabulary for junior high classes or classes with little or no previous exposure to international studies, editorial cartoons, and a resource guide are also included. An update of the timeline contains two entries from 1990 and two from 1991. Sections include: (1) The Establishment of the Communist State; (2) Reform and Reaction; (3) Voices, which is a collection of excerpts from creative writings by various novelists and playwrights; (4) Documents of Dissent; (5) On Change, which is "comprised a various newspaper articles; and (6) a biography of Vaclav Havel. (Author/DK)
Descriptors: Communism, Democracy, European History, Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Instructional Materials, Maps, Secondary Education, Social Change, Social Studies
Education for Democracy Project, American Federation of Teachers, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20001.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Freedom House, Inc., New York, NY.; Educational Excellence Network, Washington, DC.; American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Czechoslovakia