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Stofferahn, Steven A. – History Teacher, 2009
When his department chair asked him a few years ago to take over as faculty advisor to their university's chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, the author readily accepted. Not only would it provide a great opportunity to get to know some of their best students better, it would also help a junior faculty member like himself fulfill…
Descriptors: Biographies, Honor Societies, Historians, Faculty Advisers
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Fuhrer, Mary Babson – History Teacher, 2009
On an April morning in 1775, seventy-seven Lexington farmers took a stand on their town common and started a revolution. Generations of townspeople have honored these yeomen soldiers--the Battle of Lexington is re-enacted at dawn every April 19th--and generations of schoolchildren have learned the story of Lexington and Concord. Perhaps because of…
Descriptors: United States History, Secondary School Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Workshops
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Blackey, Robert – History Teacher, 2009
Learning as much as possible about what to expect and how best to select among response choices enables students to improve their scores so as to reflect more fully their knowledge and abilities, whether taking the SAT, ACT, AP history exams, multiple-choice exams in college courses, the GRE, or any other standardized examinations that include…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, State Standards, Multiple Choice Tests, Scores
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Cleary, Patricia; Neumann, David – History Teacher, 2009
In recent years, the use of primary sources in the history and social studies classroom has been increasingly promoted as a necessary and welcome practice, one designed to improve the quality of history education and to encourage student interest and engagement. Although some K-12 educators have been wary of adopting the use of primary sources,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Student Interests, Primary Sources, Historians
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Morris, Richard J. – History Teacher, 2009
Since approximately 1970, many historians have been seeking a unifying theme for the American History Survey. Early in the twentieth century, Progressive historians identified class conflict as the main theme in American History, but during the 1950s and 1960s, this view was challenged by the Consensus Schools' assertion that Americans have always…
Descriptors: United States History, Social History, Multicultural Education, Political Attitudes
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Jain, Samvit – History Teacher, 2009
This article discusses Chief Joseph's surrender that marked the beginning of his diplomatic stand for justice in Indian Territory, where his tribe was forcibly exiled in accordance with American Indian policy of the time. Joseph battled for the repatriation of the Nez Perce through protests and other legal means, winning the support of the growing…
Descriptors: American Indians, American Indian Education, Federal Indian Relationship, Civil Rights
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Langerbein, Helmut – History Teacher, 2009
This article presents an analysis of the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall which reveals that both grew from unique political, historical, geographical, cultural, and economic circumstances. The purpose of this article is to provide new arguments for a debate that all too often has been waged with emotions, polemics, and misinformation. The…
Descriptors: World History, United States History, Introductory Courses, Foreign Countries
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Conolly-Smith, Peter – History Teacher, 2009
This paper seeks to explore the ways in which "lessons of history," in particular the "Munich analogy," have been misconstrued in justification of United States armed intervention since the beginning of the Cold War. While the wisdom of a hawkish foreign policy is indeed one lesson of Munich--certainly as applied to World War…
Descriptors: War, Foreign Countries, Foreign Policy, World History
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Swansinger, Jacqueline – History Teacher, 2009
In the era of globalization, American education remains committed to the idea that all citizens can and should be educated, though this goal may be more comforting than practical. But today's task lies in reaching for the quality standards that made American education the envy and model of the world. This challenge faces every discipline…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, World History, Popular Education, Teaching Models
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Ball, Laura – History Teacher, 2009
There is still a pump in the Golden Square neighborhood on what was once called Broad Street. It does not work, for it is merely a replica of the original, and like the original its handle is missing. It serves as a curiously simple monument to the events that took place over one hundred years ago, when the real pump supplied water to the Broad…
Descriptors: Physicians, Public Health, Diseases, Child Health
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Fillpot, Elise – History Teacher, 2009
Bringing history home, an elementary history curriculum and professional development project, began in 2001. As originally conceived, the project's main purpose was to move history from the margins described by Bruce VanSledright into the mainstream of the K-5 school day. Seven years later, the Bringing History Home (BHH) instructional units are…
Descriptors: United States History, Curriculum Design, Social Studies, History Instruction
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O'Brien, Joe; Hood, Jack – History Teacher, 2009
As noted by Onosko, the nature of the social studies curriculum typically results in superficial and disconnected coverage of the content with few opportunities for in-depth investigation and discussion of that content. Engaging students in a comparative study of U.S. Presidents and actions they took "to provide for the common defence"…
Descriptors: United States History, Presidents, Comparative Analysis, Holistic Approach
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Davis, Roger; Ellis, Mark R.; Van Ingen, Linda – History Teacher, 2009
The semester of fall 2004 presented a challenge to the History Department of the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). A Nebraska state senator contacted the department and inquired about the authors' willingness to become involved in the congressional Veterans History Project. The usual call went out to the department and they considered a…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Veterans, Citizen Participation, History Instruction
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Versen, Christopher R. – History Teacher, 2009
The simplest and most widely held definition of Social Darwinism is the application of concepts of biological evolution to social and moral development. More specifically, it is social evolution through "survival of the fittest" in a "struggle for existence" in which the strong prevail and the weak are defeated and disappear.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Historiography, Social Theories, Moral Development
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Cruz, Barbara C.; Duplass, James A. – History Teacher, 2009
Most students today are not able to distinguish between the notion of "race" as a social construct and the pernicious, false belief that "race" is a biological reality. The American Anthropological Association has adopted a policy that the word "race" should always be put in quotation marks because, as a social and…
Descriptors: Ethics, Teaching Methods, High School Students, Middle School Students
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