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ERIC Number: EJ822760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Critical Literacy for Young Citizens: First Graders Investigate the First Thanksgiving
James, Jennifer Hauver; McVay, Michelle
Early Childhood Education Journal, v36 n4 p347-354 Feb 2009
In this piece, we share a story about the power of historical investigation as a means of developing critical literacy in young children. Drawing on the work of VanSledright (Social Educ 68:230, 2004), we outline four aspects of historical thinking as they relate to the development of critically minded citizens. We then turn to a discussion of a first-grade lesson on the First Thanksgiving Feast, reflect on the meanings children took from this experience, and explore possible implications and extensions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Grade 1
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Language: English
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