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Jones, Kathryn; Daisey, Peggy – History Teacher, 2011
This article presents a story about eighty-six ninth-grade World History and Geography students who authored a "how-to" book, while pretending that they were experts who lived in the past and had to explain how to do something relating to that time period. These students attended a large high school in the Midwest; the school's…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Geography Instruction, World History, Content Area Writing
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Ormond, Barbara – History Teacher, 2011
Students of history are expected to be able to interpret visual images as a source of primary evidence for historical inquiry, yet history teachers may not always place sufficient emphasis on pedagogies that consistently and specifically target the skills of visual interpretation. Developing understanding of visual evidence is sometimes left to…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Visual Aids, Primary Sources, Inquiry
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Conner, Jerusha O. – History Teacher, 2010
Although most teachers believe that "students should write at least one in-depth paper during high school," the independent research paper is disappearing from high school curricula in the face of two competing pressures: the need to prepare for high-stakes tests and student "senioritis." In many high schools, the senior year has become "a…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Student Attitudes, Student Research, Research Papers (Students)
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Hillis, Peter – History Teacher, 2007
Raising attainment has become an over-riding concern for politicians and educational administrators on both sides of the Atlantic. The public perception, often generated by adverse reports in the media, is of declining educational standards. However, it is often difficult to compare standards across time and between countries since assessments do…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Academic Standards, Advanced Courses, Student Attitudes