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Carlisle, Marcia – OAH Magazine of History, 1995
Maintains that to encourage student discussion about history, students must have something to say and be willing to say it, and the teacher must be able to guide a discussion. Describes a secondary-level course in which student discuss assigned readings on an electronic mail bulletin board. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Computer Uses in Education, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Electronic Mail
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Lawson, Jackie; Barnes, Donna – Social Studies Review, 1991
Offers suggestions for incorporating literature into teaching history. Outlines several activities designed to extend students' understanding of historical events. Includes a suggested reading list of fiction covering various periods in U.S. history for grades 4 through 12. (NL)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction
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Chilcoat, George W. – Social Studies Texan, 1990
Presents a class activity that uses the dime novel in a critical mode as an avenue to increase student's knowledge of the concepts and themes of women's experiences during the nineteenth century. Provides background of the dime novel. Asks students to compose their own dime novel, and provides a student handout that outlines the process. (RW)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Females
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Haverkamp, Beth; Schamel, Wynell – Social Education, 1994
Asserts that, for generations of immigrants, the federal immigration station at Ellis Island, New York, left an indelible first impression of life in the United States. Presents a lesson plan based on photographs of immigrants at Ellis Island and two poems about immigration. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, Immigrants
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Van Middendorp, Judy E.; Lee, Sharon – Social Studies, 1994
Contends that historical fiction can generate lively discussions among students about relevant social science concepts and contemporary social problems. Discusses why literature is a preferable alternative to many history and social studies textbooks. Presents a literature-based unit for eighth-grade U.S. history. (CFR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Content Area Reading, Curriculum Design
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Levine, Martin G. – Social Studies Review, 1994
Asserts that the rapid growth of the limited-English-proficient (LEP) student population has been a great challenge to social studies teachers. Proposes five reading and writing activities that actively involve LEP students in meaningful instructional tasks and encourage higher level thinking skills. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction