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ERIC Number: EJ824435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Using "History Matters" with a Ninth Grade Class
Kobrin, David
History Teacher, v34 n3 p339-344 May 2001
When there is a limit on the amount of information available in a classroom, the students need to depend on the teacher as the master of information. Conversely, when accurate information is widely available, conveniently organized, and easily accessed, then the nature of the learning that takes place can resemble more what the AHA now advocates: students learn by "doing" history. Given a structure and guidance, students can generate their own questions based on their analysis of the historical record, and then form conclusions that they validate by the data that they analyzed. They can construct history--and know that's what they've done, and why. But the information must be accurate, organized and accessible. For this reason, the author has found "History Matters" most helpful as a portal sight. "History Matters" is safe, secure, informative and always accurate. Furthermore, "History Matters" includes descriptions of what can be found at the linked site. When high schoolers slow down enough to read carefully, these can be a great resource. In this article, the author describes a project from his ninth grade United States history class that used "History Matters" as the enabler for effective Internet use. The "rubrics" included in this article will help in understanding how the class was taught to do this activity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A