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Steele, Meg – Social Education, 2014
Sheet music, song lyrics, and audio recordings may not be the first primary sources that come to mind when considering ways to teach about changes brought about by technology during westward expansion, but these sources engage students in thought provoking ways. In this article the author presents a 1917 photograph of Mountain Chief, of the Piegan…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Primary Sources, American Indian Culture, American Indian History
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Cuenca, Alexander; Nichols, Joseph R., Jr. – Social Education, 2014
On August 9, Michael Brown, a college-bound black male, was fatally shot by a white police officer in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. For several days, jarring images of tear gas, militarized police, and unrest in Ferguson flickered on screens across the world. Undoubtedly, what brought Ferguson to the national consciousness--the death of a…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Racial Relations, Racial Discrimination, Activism
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Stoddard, Jeremy – Social Education, 2014
Upon entering the social studies hallway in any middle or high school in the United States, you are likely to hear the sounds of a film or video emanating from at least one classroom. Though often perceived as a medium for low-level intellectual work, recent research has documented an increasing array of authentic and rigorous pedagogy with films.…
Descriptors: Films, Film Study, Teaching Methods, Classroom Environment
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Fernsten, Linda A. – Social Education, 2012
One study, covering the last 25 years, reports that undergraduates in college complete about 30 percent of assigned work. Would it be surprising--in these days of DVRs, Internet, texting, email, and video games--if high school and middle school students' homework completion rates were even less? What are teachers to do? Comprehension strategies,…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Cooperative Learning, Individualized Instruction, Civil Rights
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Edgington, William D. – Social Education, 2001
Focuses on how student problem solving skills can be improved by teaching them a problem solving model. Includes a technique for developing student inquiry thinking using the game, Twenty Questions, or by examining conflicting statements. Includes the article, "Using Problem Solving Skills in a Fifth-Grade Classroom" (Alan Rock and Nicole…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 5, Inquiry
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Kirman, Joseph M. – Social Education, 1995
Asserts that the value of using pictures and photographs as teaching aids is firmly established. Suggests rephotographing old photographs to produce customized study prints and develop miniunits based on them. Includes a sample unit outline with teaching procedures and three illustrative photographs. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction
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Hootstein, Edward W. – Social Education, 1995
Contends that student motivation is a major issue for all teachers but is of particular concern for middle school social studies teachers. Reports on an interview with 18 middle school teachers and 60 middle school students on the effectiveness of strategies designed to increase motivation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education
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Morganett, Lee – Social Education, 1995
Contends that social studies teachers are just as likely to experience student motivational problems as teachers of other subjects. Discusses issues related to student motivation and asserts that the teacher-student relationship is a critical variable. Presents and discusses 10 recommendations and classroom activities. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction
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Alavi, Karima – Social Education, 2001
Addresses questions that teachers may face in the classroom to help them educate their students about Muslim Americans. Includes a list of books about Islam, topics to be used for classroom discussion, and other resources for teaching about Muslim Americans. (CMK)
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Islam
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Williams, Charles F. – Social Education, 2001
Focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court justices review of their participation as a group. Addresses issues examined by the Court during the 2000 term, such as the First Amendment and drug searches. Explores topics that the Court examined in 2001. Includes the article, "Teaching Activities." (CMK)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Drug Legislation, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Social Education, 2000
Argues against the stereotype present in the United States that labels potatoes as a fattening food. Discusses why potatoes are really a nutritious food. Includes a list of questions, a recipe for making boxty pancakes, and ideas for other activities. (CMK)
Descriptors: Dietetics, Educational Strategies, Food, Foreign Countries
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Koch, Rose Franke; Cooper, Alan H. – Social Education, 1994
Asserts that the guiding principles of the United Nations and the issues it faces are a major part of the interdisciplinary program at Morristown-Beard School in New Jersey. Describes the Model UN club and how it reinforces the content and values presented in the regular curriculum. (CFR)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Conferences, Course Content, Educational Strategies
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Little, Timothy H. – Social Education, 1995
Asserts that the story of Amelia Earhart holds an ongoing fascination for students. Presents an instructional unit using a spreadsheet to create a database about Earhart's final flight. Includes student objectives, step-by-step instructional procedures, and eight graphics of student information or teacher examples. (CFR)
Descriptors: Air Transportation, Classroom Techniques, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning
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Davis, James; And Others – Social Education, 1995
Presents historical background material on the ethnic struggles in the former Yugoslavia, particularly Bosnia-Herzegovina. Offers teaching suggestions including a paired writing activity and follow-up discussion questions. Includes a chronological table of events from the 6th century A.D. to 1994. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Culture Conflict, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Vietzke, Gay Elizabeth – Social Education, 1995
Presents a three-activity lesson plan based on Weir Farm, home of Impressionist painter J. Alden Weir and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Includes three student readings, three maps, and a tabular chart. Outlines step-by-step instructional procedures and a list of books for further reading. (CFR)
Descriptors: Artists, Educational Strategies, Impressionism, Interdisciplinary Approach
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