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Keirn, Tim; Luhr, Eileen; Escobar, Miguel; Choudhary, Manoj – History Teacher, 2012
Given California's role in the Pacific economy, its historic Asian heritage, and the strong and growing presence of Asian communities and businesses in the state, it is imperative that students statewide understand the history of Asia. Unfortunately, the California state curricular framework and standards in history and social science limit the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Social Sciences, Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers
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de Oliveira, Luciana C. – History Teacher, 2010
The ability to read is well-recognized as essential to being successful in school history. To be able to read history textbooks effectively, students can be made aware of some features typical of history discourse. Knowledge of how nominal groups are functional in history discourse can help students and teachers engage with the meanings presented…
Descriptors: Reading Ability, Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement, Textbooks
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Kritzberg, Barry – History Teacher, 2007
In this article, the author describes the first lesson for his Chicago History Workshop, a course designed to take students beyond the Gradgrind memorization of facts approach and to introduce them, through a series of critical reading exercises, to the ways that historians actually work. In this lesson, the students begin to see that history is…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Historians, Teaching Methods, History Instruction
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Gibb, Dwight – History Teacher, 2002
If history teachers' aim is to teach students how to think, why not ask: What forms of thought do historians use, and what specific techniques will inculcate these forms? In this article, the author proposes a fundamental shift, from courses with a focus on the mastery of data to courses with a priority on learning the historian's craft. The…
Descriptors: World History, Death, Social Change, Grade 10