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ERIC Number: ED377479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep-30
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Integrating History and Language Arts: A Review of Five Professional Journal Articles.
Poncia, Melissa Catherine
A review of five professional journal articles offers ways of enhancing the teaching of history or political science by allowing students to reach out to primary sources. According to the review, the first article, "The Senior Citizens' Tea: A Connecting Point for Oral History in the Elementary School," by George Bidlake and others, describes a Senior Citizens' Tea, during which elementary-aged students interviewed older members of the community to learn local history. The experience promoted the children's use of language in all forms: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The review states that the second article, "A Strategy for Using Children's Literature To Extend the Social Studies Curriculum" by John C. Davis, III, and Jesse Palmer, describes a six-step approach to integrating children's literature into the social studies curriculum: (1) state social studies objectives; (2) read social studies textbook selections that address stated objectives; (3) examine the potential sources of literature that supplement the textbook; (4) plan how literature can best be incorporated; (5) incorporate the selected literature into the lesson; and (6) assess the effectiveness of instruction and skill attainment. According to the review, the third article, "Using Informal Writing in Large History Classes: Helping Students To Find Interest and Meaning in History," by Henry Steffens, explains how informal writing might be used to help students explore how history is relevant to them, while the fourth article, "Students as Historians--Writing Their School's History," by Beverly Fazio, explains the process that students go through when they write their own history book about a local building or occurrence. The review states that the fifth article, "Using a Literature-Based Approach to Teaching Social Studies," by Barbara Guzzetti and others, argues that children can acquire a greater understanding of a country like China through the study of literature and other primary sources as opposed to textbooks. (TB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
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