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McCall, Jeremiah – History Teacher, 2012
Simulation games can play a critical role in enabling students to navigate the problem spaces of the past while simultaneously critiquing the models designers offer to represent those problem spaces. There is much to be gained through their use. This includes rich opportunities for students to engage the past as independent historians; to consider…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Simulation, Educational Games, Models
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Brugar, Kristy A. – History Teacher, 2012
Students sometimes resist the history lessons their teachers try to impart; challenging the purpose and relevance of the information being shared. However, reading "The Giver" can help to bridge the gap between students accepting and rejecting the lessons of history while learning to value the skills such as citizenship and awareness associated…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Figurative Language, Historians, History Instruction
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Bain, Robert B. – History Teacher, 2012
Since 2005, the author and Elizabeth Moje have been engaged in a project to create a more coherent and cohesive program to prepare secondary teachers at the University of Michigan, a project they call the Clinical Rounds Project. Central to this effort has been their use of "disciplinary literacy" to build connections and enhance…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Social Sciences, Preservice Teachers, Literacy
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Levin, Kevin M. – History Teacher, 2010
When it aired in 1989, Ken Burns's epic documentary about America's Civil War garnered the largest audience in PBS history. Viewers who had little interest or knowledge of the Civil War were attracted to the powerful images and sounds as well as the narration by David McCullough and commentary by Shelby Foote--the combination of which served to…
Descriptors: United States History, Historical Interpretation, War, Audiences
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Martin, Daisy; Wineburg, Sam – History Teacher, 2008
Teaching a way of thinking requires making thinking visible. Educators need to pull back the curtains from historical cognition to show students not only what historians think, but "how" they think. Given that many students believe that history is a single story to be committed to memory and that texts speak for themselves, teaching historical…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Historians, Content Area Reading, Reading Processes
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Ragland, Rachel G. – History Teacher, 2007
Changing teaching practices in secondary history classrooms requires teachers to first change their attitudes and views towards teaching history. This was a key finding that emerged from the analysis of changes that took place in the teachers' classrooms during the course of the Teaching American History grant project that was successful in…
Descriptors: United States History, Teaching Methods, History Instruction, Secondary School Teachers
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Hillis, Peter – History Teacher, 2005
Recent changes in the history syllabi stress the importance of developing an investigative/enquiry method of learning involving the framing of questions, subsequent research, and the presentation of findings. Scotland has made several attempts to assess not only the end result (the paper) but also the process itself and now uses an extended essay…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, History Instruction
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Thomas, Samuel J. – History Teacher, 2004
In United States history, the GAPE or Gilded Age and Progressive Era, roughly the last third of the nineteenth and first two decades of the twentieth centuries, constitutes one of the most formative and complex of periods, a time that historians designate as the birth of the United States. Many high school students and undergraduates find this…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Historians, Cartoons, Teaching Guides