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ERIC Number: EJ981615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0889-0293
How Teachers Can Conduct Historical Reenactments in Their Own Schools
Morris, Ronald Vaughan
International Journal of Social Education, v23 n2 p45-59 Fall-Win 2008
A reenactment is the recreation of a scene, time period, or event as authentically as possible by a group of people. An educational reenactment takes the in-depth cultural experience of participating in a reenactment and joins it with the educational structure of a social studies classroom. Reenactments can be as varied as historical interpretation and imagination allow. Although many family vacations have made reenactment sites their destination of their vacations, and history clubs and gifted students have flirted with reenactment, there remains great untapped potential for use of historical reenactments as a way to teach about social studies. The reenactment described in this article focused on a twenty-year period of the French colonization in America (1741-1761). The French colonies of New France and Louisiana encompassed a large portion of North America--from the St. Lawrence River to the Great Lakes to the Mississippi watershed. This time period in U. S. history is relatively unexplored by textbooks, making it ideal for reenactment. This article explains a teacher-planned reenactment carried out during the school day and offers guidelines for teachers wishing to hold their own reenactments. (Contains 2 figures, 3 notes, and 12 resources.)
International Journal of Social Education. Ball State University, Department of History, Muncie, IN 47306. Tel: 765-285-8700; Fax: 765-285-5612; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana; North America