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ERIC Number: EJ849636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Using Artifacts to Understand the Life of a Soldier in World War II
Anson, Staci
Social Education, v73 n4 p165-167 May-Jun 2009
For years, when the author taught about World War II, she used primary and secondary source readings, she presented Power Points, and had her students watch newsreels and other video clips. Today, her students interact with actual artifacts from history so that they can draw conclusions and gain understanding about what the soldiers' lives were like during the war. The author contends that teaching with artifacts encourages students to become more involved. Being able to see and even touch the different items fascinates students much more so than a picture in a textbook, and makes them hungry to know more about the men who once owned the items. In this article, the author describes a classroom activity involving the use of these artifacts to investigate a soldier's identity. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A