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Cude, Michelle D.; Haraway, Dana L. – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2017
This research explores the question of how students in a social studies methods course improve skills in analyzing and critiquing pre-existing lesson plans. It utilizes a pre-post authentic assessment tool to measure student growth in key skills of lesson plan critique over the course of one semester's methods instruction. The results support the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Lesson Plans, Online Courses, Achievement Gains
Kolis, Mickey; Olson, Sarah; Kolis, Benjamin H. – Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017
Inquiry is becoming more and more an area of interest in education. This book attempts to explain why music inquiry makes sense, what pieces are required to do music inquiry effectively (the knowledge, skills and dispositions) and then provides how to teach music inquiry in a series of day-by-day lesson plans.
Descriptors: Inquiry, Social Studies, Music, Educational Games
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Demoiny, Sara B.; Ferraras-Stone, Jessica – Social Studies, 2018
In this article the authors demonstrate how pairing master and counter narrative picture books, along with critical literacy practices, can be used to enhance the social studies curriculum outlined by state standards taught in today's elementary schools. These intentional book pairings allow students to grapple with what history truly means and to…
Descriptors: Critical Literacy, Social Studies, Picture Books, Elementary Schools
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Taneri, Ahu – Asian Journal of Education and Training, 2018
In this research, the aim was showing the evaluation of students on scenario-based case study method and showing the functionality of the studied section called "from production to consumption". Qualitative research method and content analysis were used to reveal participants' experiences and reveal meaningful relations regarding…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Content Analysis
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Pagnotti, John; Russell, William B., III – Social Studies, 2015
The purpose of this article is to empower those interested in teaching students powerful and engaging social studies. Through the lens of Supreme Court simulations, this article provides educators with a viable, classroom-tested lesson plan to bring Problem-Based Learning into their classrooms. The specific aim of the lesson is to provide students…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Civics, Simulation, Court Litigation
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Barrow, Elizabeth; Anderson, Janice; Horner, Martinette – Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 2017
Using the of Humans of New York photoblog concept, the exemplar lesson plan described in this article incorporated technology and the replacement, amplification, and transformation framework to modify a traditional social studies lesson on the American Civil War into an engaging and inquiry-based lesson. Students researched individuals who lived…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Photography, Student Journals, Electronic Journals
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Ateh, Comfort M.; Wyngowski, Aaron J. – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2015
This article discusses the opportunity that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) present for enhancing formative assessment (FA) in history and social studies classrooms. There is evidence that FA can enhance learning for students if implemented well. Unfortunately, teachers continue to be challenged in implementing FA in their classrooms. We…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Formative Evaluation, History Instruction
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Miyazaki, Takeshi; Cashman, Timothy G.; Madokoro, Kayo – Journal of International Social Studies, 2016
This study considers the teaching of historical and territorial issues between Japan and China for the current Japanese social studies curriculum. For research purposes, a lesson plan was designed and facilitated in Japanese elementary and junior high schools. This lesson addressed ongoing tensions between Japan and China over the sovereignty of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Studies, Junior High Schools, Lesson Plans
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Starker, Tehia V.; Fitchett, Paul G. – Multicultural Learning and Teaching, 2013
In this qualitative study, researchers inquired about preservice teachers' (PST) experience in becoming culturally responsive in a graduate teacher-licensure social studies methods class (N = 20). Researchers examined PST lesson plans and reflections, and rated them based on Geneva Gay's (2002) framework for preparing culturally responsive…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Preservice Teachers, Culturally Relevant Education, Social Studies
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Tannebaum, Rory P. – Journal of Social Studies Education Research, 2018
The purpose of this qualitative multi-case study is to explore the ways in which preservice teachers seeking either early-childhood or elementary licensure understand their roles and responsibilities in regards to the teaching of religion. Seven participants participated in the study and provided a range of data including -- though not limited to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Religious Education, Preservice Teachers, Preschool Teachers
Morris, Ronald V. – Geography Teacher, 2016
This article describes a lesson plan that encouraged the usage of digital tools to enhance inquiry as a key tool in teaching elementary social studies. The lesson revolved around a field trip to the home of Civil War Governor Oliver P. Morton (Centerville, Indiana). The active, investigative, and questioning nature of inquiry in social studies…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Lesson Plans, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary Education
Dougherty, Eleanor; Billings, Laura; Roberts, Terry – ASCD, 2016
Every teacher knows the challenge of trying to engage reluctant readers and struggling writers--students whose typical response to a writing prompt is a few sentence fragments scribbled on a sheet of paper followed by an elaborate shrug of the shoulders. The best way to engage less confident readers and writers is to give them something powerful…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education
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Johnson, Edric C.; Liu, Katrina; Goble, Kristin – Social Studies, 2015
This article introduces the social studies field to Dorothy Heatchote's Mantle of Expert (MOE). MOE is a dramatic inquiry approach used in several subject areas and can work at all levels in the social studies curriculum. The authors go into the development of using this approach in an elementary and middle teacher education program. After sharing…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses
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Santoli, Susan; Vitulli, Paige; Giles, Rebecca – Social Studies, 2015
Exploring controversial and difficult events and issues with young children can be challenging. The Civil Rights Movement is an abstract, perhaps remote, issue for young children today. However, it is an important part of our country's history and a theme worthy of study. This article suggests ways to use photographs to explore this mature subject…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, United States History, Social Studies, Early Childhood Education
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Schmeichel, Mardi – Pedagogies: An International Journal, 2014
This article explores recently published P-12 social studies lesson plans that include women to examine how attending to women is "getting done" in the field and how the lessons represent women and women's experiences. Using discourse analysis methodologies, the author demonstrates that women have been included as topics in ways that do…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Females, Lesson Plans, Discourse Analysis
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