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ERIC Number: EJ727940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Making the Abstract Concrete
Potter, Lee Ann
Social Education, v69 n7 p360 Nov-Dec 2005
President Ronald Reagan nominated a woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He did so through a single-page form letter, completed in part by hand and in part by typewriter, announcing Sandra Day O'Connor as his nominee. While the document serves as evidence of a historic event, it is also a tangible illustration of abstract concepts that students in civics classes often struggle to learn. Documents such as the nomination letter not only make abstract concepts more concrete, they also simplify the complex; these types of documents prompt students to ask compelling questions that lead to greater understanding of how the system of government works. Here, the author presents other government documents as examples. (Contains 3 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States