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ERIC Number: EJ1002134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Extra! Extra! Read All about It!: Structuring the U.S. History Survey around the Motif of the Newspaper
Morin, Erica A.
History Teacher, v46 n2 p283-292 Feb 2013
As a graduate instructor for HIST 152: United States Since 1877, the author structures the entire course around the motif of the newspaper. She models her curriculum after the newspaper both visually and symbolically and uses it as a theme throughout the class. The newspaper is not a gimmick or cliche, but rather a recurring stylistic theme, an instructional tool, a topic for historical discussion, and a prolific source for reading assignments. She has incorporated aspects of the newspaper into her syllabus design, lecture titles, "PowerPoint" presentation layout and images, lecture topics, classroom activities, and reading and writing assignments. The newspaper motif helps many students better connect to the course material and recognize that history is real--historical events happened to real people in a real place and time in the past. The newspaper motif resonates very well with students. According to student feedback, course observations, and evaluations, her syllabus approach is engaging and effective, and she plans to use it again many times in the future. She is connecting with a large number of students, positively influencing their perceptions of history, and making class fun, interesting, and relevant for them without sacrificing quality content and instruction. She will definitely continue to modify and improve this course structure as she teaches the history survey throughout her career. She wants to hone the method and explore the opportunities it affords. The motif of the newspaper could be used in many nineteenth- and twentieth-century history courses. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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