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Smirnova, Natalia V. – Social Studies, 2018
The Economics Across the Curriculum approach encourages the integration of economic concepts into various disciplines. This article features the essence of the approach built on best practices described in the literature. Several creative lesson ideas for teaching about money and inflation are showcased. These lessons were field-tested by high…
Descriptors: Economics Education, Teaching Methods, Money Management, Best Practices
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Lin, Patricia A. – Social Studies, 2018
This article draws on current research in the areas of storytelling and social studies to present a practical, culturally responsive storytelling model for Grades 7-9 social studies teachers to use to better engage English Language Learners (ELLs). Integrating the proven effectiveness of storytelling from a scientific and social perspective, with…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
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Maddox, Lamont E.; Saye, John W. – Social Studies, 2017
This article addresses the problem of how to best design authentic writing assessments in history that support learners in demonstrating the types of higher order thinking skills needed for effective citizenship. Recent research has primarily focused on curriculum interventions intended to build disciplinary literacies through various types of…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, History Instruction, Writing Tests, Competency Based Education
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Jaffee, Ashley Taylor – Social Studies, 2016
This in-depth qualitative case study explores how one social studies teacher implemented teaching Global History for Latino/a English Language Learners (ELLs) in an urban newcomer high school. Using a framework for culturally and linguistically relevant citizenship education, this article seeks to highlight how the teacher discussed, designed,…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Global Education, Teaching Methods, Qualitative Research
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O'Brien, Joe; Peavey, Scott; Fuller, Molly – Social Studies, 2016
Learning about people from long ago and far away poses a challenge for students because such people seem so distant and different. The lack of easily comprehensible text-based primary sources compounds this problem. Using a built environment as a primary source makes people from the distant past more accessible, concrete and exciting. Broadly…
Descriptors: Buildings, World History, Physical Environment, Middle School Students
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Campbell, Laurie O. – Social Studies, 2016
Minimal research has been accumulated in the field of social studies education for Novakian concept mapping, yet there are many benefits from adding this learning tool to a teacher's instructional toolbox. The article defines Novakian concept mapping and invites readers to adopt digital Novakian concept mapping into the social studies classroom as…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Student Attitudes, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods
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DiCamillo, Lorrei; Bailey, Nancy M. – Social Studies, 2016
The authors of this article are two teacher educators who worked collaboratively to co-teach an interdisciplinary English and US history class to eleventh-grade students in an urban high school. They wanted to ensure the methods they were teaching preservice teachers were current and effective. The article discusses the foundational beliefs that…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Interdisciplinary Approach, Urban Schools, Charter Schools
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Goldenberg, Barry M. – Social Studies, 2016
This manuscript, written with the educator in mind, describes the Youth Historians in Harlem (YHH) program, a twenty-week after-school history program that engaged urban students in history by immersing them in aspects of the historical process. Throughout the program, a group of Black male high school students were apprenticed as historical…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Youth Programs, After School Programs, African American Students
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Miracle, Amanda; Smith, Michael; Anderson, Kevin; Catlett, Rob – Social Studies, 2016
To seriously consider one's rights under the US Constitution, one must grapple with the realization that many rights are not absolute. Instead, they are contested. But how to introduce younger students to such a complex concept, given short attention spans? In this article, we discuss the opportunities, pitfalls, and planning logistics of the 2013…
Descriptors: United States History, Citizenship Education, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights
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Misco, Thomas; Shiveley, James – Social Studies, 2016
Although social justice is an overarching goal of most every department of teacher education, college of education, and US College or University, it is rarely an identified goal for K-12 schools. We contend that the field of social studies education also substantively focuses on social justice, and as such, this article clarifies the ways in which…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Social Studies, Personality, Reflection
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Neumann, Richard – Social Studies, 2015
This article presents detailed instructional plans for a two-day, high school-level lesson on wealth distribution in society. The terms "income" and "wealth" are defined and compared, and the significance of studying wealth is discussed. Resources for the lesson are identified, and a pedagogical mode is outlined in relation to…
Descriptors: High School Students, Lesson Plans, Economics Education, Income
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Diacopoulos, Mark M. – Social Studies, 2015
The potential for social studies to embrace instructional technology and Web 2.0 applications has become a growing trend in recent social studies research. As part of an ongoing process of collaborative enquiry between an instructional specialist and social studies teachers in a Professional Learning Community, a table of Web 2.0 applications was…
Descriptors: Web 2.0 Technologies, Thinking Skills, Social Studies, Taxonomy
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Scheuerell, Scott; Jaeger, Matt – Social Studies, 2015
The authors discuss how high school students participated in a unit in which they learned about African American history in a 1:1 computer classroom--in particular, how they were able to use digital history to learn about a variety of African American leaders who are not frequently covered in the traditional American History textbook. In addition,…
Descriptors: Black Studies, Internet, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education