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Lane, Lisa M. – History Teacher, 2014
History Professors and instructors have a lot to do. They are supposed to "cover content," introducing students to the main events in history. They also need to teach skills, such as historical thinking, source evaluation, argument construction, and research techniques. Particular "student learning outcomes" or assessments are…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Primary Sources
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Jackson-Abernathy, Brenda K. – History Teacher, 2013
History teachers may well feel challenged with the task of bringing women into their American West curriculums due to the great diversity of women in the West during the nineteenth century. At the same time, the past thirty years or so have produced a plethora of monographs, articles, and primary source collections on women in the American West.…
Descriptors: Females, Teaching Methods, United States History, American Indians
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Barksdale, Scott T. – History Teacher, 2013
Teachers can engage students in historical thinking by intentionally structuring close reading tasks. This article provides a practical and theoretical examination of the learning and teaching during a 30-minute social studies class in which students studied colonization by reading a primary source text from the Jamestown Colony. Students used…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Intellectual Disciplines, Differences, Content Area Reading
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Morin, Erica A. – History Teacher, 2013
As a graduate instructor for HIST 152: United States Since 1877, the author structures the entire course around the motif of the newspaper. She models her curriculum after the newspaper both visually and symbolically and uses it as a theme throughout the class. The newspaper is not a gimmick or cliche, but rather a recurring stylistic theme, an…
Descriptors: United States History, Course Descriptions, Class Activities, Learning Activities
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Brice, Lee L.; Catania, Steven – History Teacher, 2012
A common problem history teachers face regardless of their field of specialization is how to help students find answers to the most difficult historical questions, those for which the sources are unavailable or inaccessible, and teach them to do so in a methodologically valid manner. This article presents a case study which shows how a project in…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Hypothesis Testing, History Instruction, Primary Sources
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Weber, William – History Teacher, 2012
"The History Teacher" originated in a movement to reform history education that grew up among historians in both schools and universities in the 1960s. The call went out to raise the intellectual level of history teaching by having students analyze primary sources in open-ended discussions and thereby, "become their own historians." Teaching with…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Historians, History Instruction, Primary Sources
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Sadlier, Sarah – History Teacher, 2012
On June 19, 1771, the young, admired captain of the Regulators, Benjamin Merrill, and 11 of his compatriots were condemned to the gallows for high treason. But what heinous actions did these men commit? What reprehensible crime would constitute such a punishment? The answer lies in the failure of the Regulator Rebellion, a prolonged conflict in…
Descriptors: Conflict, Foreign Countries, Crime, Local Government
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Hildebrand, Jennifer – History Teacher, 2011
In the period from roughly 1915 to 1935, many African Americans undertook an ambitious campaign to remake their image in mainstream (white) American society. This New Negro Movement (NNM)--a term that the author uses purposefully in contradistinction to "Harlem renaissance"--can be studied in the classroom, allowing history teachers to introduce…
Descriptors: African Americans, United States History, Portraiture, History Instruction
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Kelly, T. Mills – History Teacher, 2011
Everyone who teaches has had moments when students do, say, write, or create something that causes teachers to think about teaching in new ways. Sometimes, it is only with hindsight that they realize just how profound the effect of such moments was. Other times, what happens is so obvious that even if they try they can't ignore the impact it has…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Influence of Technology, Educational Change, Primary Sources
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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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Neumann, David J. – History Teacher, 2010
Recent education research strongly endorses the notion that knowledge is discipline-based, dependent upon the ground rules and procedures of a particular field of study. Since reading primary sources is central to the discipline of history, many teacher preparation programs in history-social science devote substantial instructional time to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, History, Primary Sources
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Bennison, Sarah Machiels – History Teacher, 2010
Discussions about school curriculum today are framed by this binary--the intellectual desire to explore various pedagogical approaches and the imperative to teach to the test to achieve quantitative results. For history teachers, the freedom to not teach to the test opens many possibilities: veering away from the textbook to focus on works by many…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Evidence, American Indian History, Catholics
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Burkholder, Peter – History Teacher, 2010
In an attempt to increase college history majors' ability to analyze primary sources, the author set up a unique research project designed to tap into his students' personal interests, and which would utilize a specific method requiring them to grapple with primary source materials in an unfamiliar, though hopefully more profitable fashion. The…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Majors (Students), College Students
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Johnson, David A.; Gilbertson, Nicole F. – History Teacher, 2010
Scholars have long recognized that the Great War produced a remarkable amount of artistic and cultural expression ranging from poetry to painting to novels to architecture. This cultural production, both during and after the war, reflected a deep need to define and understand the tremendous destruction caused by a war that demanded a level of…
Descriptors: War, World History, History Instruction, Visual Aids
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Nix, Elizabeth M. – History Teacher, 2010
Many history professors have been reluctant to authorize students to use Wikipedia in their classwork because they do not fully trust the open source encyclopedia. But as increasing numbers of scholars and teachers work with Wikipedia, its influence becomes undeniable. In this article, the author describes how Wikipedia works and how she made…
Descriptors: Encyclopedias, Collaborative Writing, Electronic Publishing, History Instruction
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