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ERIC Number: EJ963314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
The Value of Writing "How-to" Books in High School World History and Geography Class
Jones, Kathryn; Daisey, Peggy
History Teacher, v45 n1 p45-64 Nov 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 population is 55% Caucasian, and 16% of students enrolled are eligible for free or reduced lunch. The students were asked to write a "how-to" book about a topic relating to the time period between 300 and 1500 CE (Era 4 of the state's high school expectations for World History and Geography). This period can offer challenges for both teachers and students. The purpose of the "how-to" book writing project was to make life during the Middle ages accessible to teenagers and to motivate them to want to learn about the past. (Contains 12 figures and 25 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A