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ERIC Number: EJ878499
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Finding Citizenship and Place in State History: Connecting to Students through Diverse Narratives
Colby, Sherri
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v22 n2 p16-18 Nov-Dec 2009
State history can connect to the lives of immigrant children. By discovering history's humanizing narratives, students can become more engaged with the curriculum and more appreciative of their roles as state, national, and global citizens. In Texas, students study state history in the fourth and seventh grades. Considering the continual increase in the state's immigrant populations, how can state history help students of diverse backgrounds find place and meaning within the curriculum--thereby, improving how students value and understand citizenship? To answer this question, the author offers practical suggestions for upper elementary and middle school teachers. These are: (1) focus on the lives of people; (2) emphasize the experiences of diverse groups; (3) affirm the collective immigrant past; (4) include students' interests in the lessons; and (5) examine a variety of primary documents. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas