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Reid, Stephanie F.; Kessner, Taylor M.; Harris, Lauren McArthur; Benkert, Volker; Bruner, Jason – History Teacher, 2021
In this article, the authors detail a curriculum unit used by Ms. Brown and a second English Language Arts (ELA) teacher, Ms. Smith, with their high school students. The unit centered on a comparative genocide framework developed by the Comparative Genocide Project at Arizona State University. The framework detailed seven key themes common across…
Descriptors: Death, War, English Instruction, Language Arts
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Dotolo, Frederick H., III – History Teacher, 2021
In particular, the study of history--its scope, reliance on analytical narrative, and methodology of tracing change and continuity over time--provides for an exchange of meaningful narratives. As historians Martha Howell and Walter Prevenier argue, "All cultures, all peoples, tell stories about themselves, and it is these stories that help…
Descriptors: Group Discussion, History Instruction, War, Veterans
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Schocker, Jessica B. – History Teacher, 2021
In this paper, the author outlines the results of a research study conducted on one class cohort, focusing on the impacts of teaching Black women's history through Anne Moody's 1968 memoir, "Coming of Age in Mississippi," on their understandings of race and the experiences of Black women. Specifically, Moody's memoir provides a rich…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Females, African Americans, African American History
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Hilton, Laura J. – History Teacher, 2021
The aim of this article is to examine the frameworks that educators use, especially how they conclude teaching and learning about genocide, and to suggest readings and other sources for use. The narrative arc that educators establish by choosing where to begin and where to end is a powerful indicator of their course goals and teaching rationales.…
Descriptors: War, Death, History Instruction, Memory
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Demoiny, Sara B.; Waters, Stewart – History Teacher, 2021
The United States' collective memory focuses on the nation's story as one of progress and freedom, yet the experiences of many citizens, particularly citizens of color, are in contradiction to this collective memory. Today, there is a small yet growing collection of counter-monument installations around the country that tell a counter-story to…
Descriptors: United States History, Memory, Freedom, Historic Sites
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Spalding, Sarah M. – History Teacher, 2021
By using the "Game of Thrones" pop-culture television series, the author has structured courses in a way that seeks to solve problems that plague many history courses serving university requirements. In this article, the author will discuss how gaming the classroom can serve as a solution to the issue of engaging majors and non-majors…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Educational Games, Teaching Methods, Role Playing
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Lindaman, Matthew – History Teacher, 2021
Inspired by participation in the 2014 version of the Stewardship of Public Lands seminar, hosted by the Yellowstone Association Institute and sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' American Democracy Project, the author's first goal was the creation of a "Sophomore Seminar" course themed on "Parks,…
Descriptors: History Instruction, United States History, Parks, Seminars
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Campion, Corey; Dodman, Trevor – History Teacher, 2021
The centennial of the First World War has offered instructors across the humanities an exciting opportunity to enhance students' disciplinary expertise while reflecting on the significance of an event that continues to shape the world today. Drawing on established courses on the history and literature of the war, respectively, the authors designed…
Descriptors: War, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Approach, Seminars
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McCoy, Meredith L.; Sabzalian, Leilani; Ender, Tommy – History Teacher, 2021
Genealogy and family history projects can be an excellent way to foster students' sense of identity and connectedness to their heritage and relatives. Such activities can help students develop pride and knowledge in their identities and personal histories. Because knowledge of family histories is often valued within Indigenous communities, and…
Descriptors: Genealogy, Identification (Psychology), Indigenous Populations, Indigenous Knowledge
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Sweet, Julie Anne – History Teacher, 2021
The fifth of March 2020 was the 250th anniversary of an event commonly known as the "Boston Massacre," and to commemorate it, the author's upper-level history class staged an unscripted presentation of the resulting historical trial in conjunction with third-year law students enrolled in Practice Court through the Baylor Law School.…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Capstone Experiences, Violence
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Raymond, Emilie – History Teacher, 2021
Responding largely to the impact of industrialization and urbanization on American society, educators across the country embraced the "school gardening" and "nature study" movements advocated by Dewey. Promoted in varying degrees as ways to enhance learning, yield food for their schools, build character, and improve…
Descriptors: War, Teaching Methods, History Instruction, Gardening
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Kotzin, Daniel P. – History Teacher, 2021
Orin M. Jameson, a twenty-one year-old clerk in the 17th Wisconsin Infantry, and James B. Fowler, also a clerk in the 17th Wisconsin Infantry, both kept daily diaries during their time in the Civil War. In their diaries, neither Jameson nor Fowler ever explained their motives for enlisting, nor did they ruminate on the meaning of the Civil War.…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Diaries, War, United States History
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King, Matt – History Teacher, 2021
"Civilization V" is part of the best-selling strategy game series, "Sid Meier's Civilization," which is named after its eponymous creator. The goal of all games in the "Civilization" series is to build a historical empire that can stand the test of time, an objective that has made the series an object of affection for…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Games, Computer Games
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Ellis, David L.; Vincent, Mark A. – History Teacher, 2020
The moment many students begin to get excited about history is when they realize that much historical knowledge is contested, enmeshed in a productive argument that never ends and therefore endlessly fascinates. Such an epiphany might occur at any time. But a frequent catalyst is classroom debate, a formalized contest that dramatizes and vitalizes…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Debate
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Zukas, Alex – History Teacher, 2020
Taking a lead from recent articles in "The History Teacher," the author placed history, popular culture, and historical literacy at the core of a history course entitled "Enchanted Capitalism: Myths, Monsters, and Markets." Drawing on folklore, literature, popular culture, and economics, the course explored the rise of…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Popular Culture, Literacy, Course Descriptions
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