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ERIC Number: EJ1097108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-3394
Exploring U.S. Westward Expansion in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum through Tall Tales
Almerico, Gina M.; Martin, Nicole; Masuck, William; Strickland, Cynthia; Thomas, Jessica
Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, v8 Jul 2012
Teaching social studies in the elementary and middle school curriculum is enhanced by incorporating quality children's and adolescent literature and strategies that bring the human element into play. American tall tales are a genre unique to the history of our nation and provide a glimpse into the way early settlers of the west envisioned heroism and adventure. Often textbooks written to teach social studies concepts are written in an expository style replete with facts and numbers for student to decipher and memorize. By expanding the study of the west to include tall tales teachers can ignite the flame of curiosity and exploration in the minds of their students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A