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ERIC Number: EJ878911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Learning and Writing about Local History Using the Internet
Risinger, C. Frederick
Social Education, v74 n2 p76-77 Mar-Apr 2010
Decades of research into which instructional strategies are successful in K-12 history and social studies conclude that having students write is extremely important. Effective writing assignments--whether a 3- to 5-paragraph essay, a longer term-paper-style assignment, or even a fictional short story based on a historical period or event--require students to gather and evaluate information, determine how to design the paper, identify and describe any conflicting points of view, and present an understandable account of the historical event or issue. Local history provides an excellent platform on which to base student writing projects. Students are frequently more interested in people and events related to their hometown or state than something that happened across the country or around the world. This article offers several websites from the Ball State University TAH (Teaching American History) presentation as well as others that will meet the needs of "Social Education's" national and international readership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A