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ERIC Number: EJ817694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Poetry and Postholes: Making History Instruction Deeper and More Personal
Scheurman, Geoffrey
Social Education, v72 n7 p350-353 Nov-Dec 2008
Most teachers will endorse "standards" of authentic instruction, including deep knowledge, higher order thinking, substantive conversation, and connections to the world beyond the classroom. When it comes to putting such endorsements into practice, however, they too often accept a standardized view of content that is dull and doctrinaire and settle for approaches to teaching and assessment that are superficial and sterile. In this article, the author explains how the teaching of social studies can be made authentic by making it more poetic and more personal. He identifies the three ways in digging poetic postholes in the social studies curriculum. He also introduces examples that allow students to relate with history more intimately. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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