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ERIC Number: EJ904791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Remember the Alamo? Learning History with Monuments and Memorials
Marcus, Alan S.; Levine, Thomas H.
Social Education, v74 n3 p131-134 May-Jun 2010
Monuments are valuable resources for social studies teachers. They provide opportunities for student learning and engagement that are not easily duplicated in the classroom. Their physical appearance, history of creation, narratives, and other features promote opportunities for students to deepen understanding of specific content and to develop historical thinking skills. In this article, the authors propose an activity that teachers can employ that fortifies students' aptitude to understand and interpret historical monuments. This activity helps students to learn from monuments and to view them critically, weighing both the objective realities and subjective interpretations offered by monuments. The assignment presented in this article is not intended to be duplicated exactly, but provides a template that can be adapted to specific teaching contexts and content. (Contains 2 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas