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ERIC Number: EJ782806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Preparing Students for Citizenship: Literature and Primary Documents
Nelson, Pamela A.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v17 n3 p21-29 Jan-Feb 2005
History and literature contain the keys to understanding oneself and others. Studying these subjects helps young people realize how the world they know evolved and how people like them coped with challenges, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. These subjects introduce students to models of achievement and courage, but they also provide cautionary tales of human evil, error, and cruelty. Most recently, Keith Barton and Linda Levstik asked educators to consider how the study of history will help young citizens act in a democratic republic in the present and the future? What materials, methodologies, and experiences will involve students with history so that it contributes to their lives as citizens? In this article, the author would like to highlight the role of literature, primary-source materials, and history workshop in helping students learn about the past in preparation for the present and the future. Secondly, the author would like to supply suggestions of notable literature, primary-source materials, and literacy strategies that may help young people recognize possibilities for courses of research and reflection. (Contains 17 notes.)
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Language: English
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