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Shortell, Catherine K.; Paddock, Troy R. E. – History Teacher, 2011
With all of the time constraints and institutional pressures that teachers face, it may seem odd to suggest using an anomalous event such as the Christmas Truce to study the first World War. However, the uniqueness of this event helps grab the attention of students and, as the authors demonstrate, can be used both to illustrate the common…
Descriptors: History Instruction, War, World History, Peace
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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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Day, James S.; Truss, Ruth S. – History Teacher, 2007
Students from the University of Montevallo, Alabama's public liberal arts university, re-created the Battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862) approximately twenty miles north of Corinth, Mississippi. For ten weeks in a classroom environment, nineteen students studied strategy, operations, and tactics that affected events nearly 143 years prior. Then,…
Descriptors: College Instruction, History Instruction, College Students, Course Content
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Warren, Wilson J.; Memory, David M.; Bolinger, Kevin – History Teacher, 2004
Improving critical thinking--defined by one expert as "reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do"--has been a frequent topic in the writing of history educators at least since the early 1970s. Attitudes and interests do support higher-level thinking and, most importantly, knowledge used in carrying it out…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Learning Activities, United States History