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Stevens, Robert L.; Fogel, Jared A. – Social Education, 2007
The Great Depression is typically taught through history textbooks, but the music of this time allows students to learn about this era through different perspectives. The Great Depression witnessed many musical styles--from the light heartedness of popular music to the sadness of the blues, gospel, which offered inspiration, to the tension between…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Musicians, History Instruction, Music Education
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Sanders, Norris M. – Social Education, 1971
Descriptors: History Instruction, History Textbooks, Inquiry, Questioning Techniques
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Connor, Mary E. – Social Education, 1997
Recommends organizing U.S. history courses around central ideas rather than chronological periods. Argues that this method affords a better grasp of the principal developments in the nation's history by treating issues in depth. Lists eight broad themes around which a U.S. history course can be constructed. (MJP)
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Course Content, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Design
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Tupaj-Farthing, Janice – Social Education, 1992
Describes a social studies unit for use in U.S. history courses or a class in contemporary social problems. Explores child labor in U.S. history and today. Includes questions, research, and discussion for small groups of students. Suggests that the unit helps students' view themselves as part of the learning process. (DK)
Descriptors: Child Labor, Child Welfare, Cooperative Learning, History Instruction
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Carney-Dalton, Pat – Social Education, 1994
Describes the use of poetry in U.S. history instruction. Contends that using simulations, historical documents, and literature help make students keenly aware of conflicts and the human impact of historical events. Recommends that students write poetry related to historical topics and includes five examples of student-written poetry. (CFR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Content Area Reading, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education
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Evans, Ronald W. – Social Education, 1989
Addresses the problems of the U.S. history course structure from two vantage points: (1) agreement with instructional goals; and (2) agreement between current issues and the content of the established curriculum. Outlines an approach for structuring historical content around current problems and issues. Suggests several curricular models for an…
Descriptors: Course Content, Course Organization, Current Events, Curriculum Design
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Totten, Samuel – Social Education, 1989
Discusses the use of oral history to enliven, enhance, and supplement the standard social studies curriculum. Presents rationales for using oral histories, methods for classroom use, and suggestions for locating interviewees. Includes an annotated list of oral histories that address social issues. (GEA)
Descriptors: History Instruction, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Interviews
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Alger, Chadwick F. – Social Education, 1998
Presents a series of questions designed to provoke students to think about their location in the world, the effect of global connections on their local culture, and current global problems and their implications. Includes Internet contact information for some United Nations agencies that provide information useful to students. (DSK)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Geography Instruction, Global Education, History Instruction
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McBride, Robert, Jr. – Social Education, 1999
Endorses the television series entitled "Culture Shock" that views controversial art as an artifact suggesting that the arts, and controversies surrounding them, can help viewers think critically about the issues of past and present societies. Focuses on "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," the painting "Olympia,"…
Descriptors: Art, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking, Critical Viewing
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Benoit, Bob – Social Education, 1991
Presents a classroom exercise to help rural high school students see that xenophobic attitudes have existed throughout U.S. history. Suggests showing that the culture has survived and been enriched by each new wave of immigration. Lists typical attitudes toward immigrants, especially in rural areas where immigrants rarely are encountered. (DK)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Democracy, History Instruction, Immigrants
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Kiang, Peter Nien-chu – Social Education, 1991
Discusses using the changing conditions of life within the United States as the starting point for developing global perspectives in social studies teaching and curriculum transformation. Suggests that the Pacific Century will require people of the United States to function in a multicultural world. Examines the history of Asians in the United…
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Cultural Pluralism, Culture Contact, Curriculum Development
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Schug, Mark C.; Fontanini, Jennifer – Social Education, 1994
Asserts that teachers and students are ready to go beyond traditional coverage of the interactions of political science and history to applying economic analysis to historical and contemporary social issues. Provides three lesson plans illustrating the use of public choice theory in U.S. history. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Economics Education, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Branson, Margaret Stimmann – Social Education, 1971
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Cognitive Objectives, Elementary Education, History Instruction
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Engle, Shirley H. – Social Education, 1990
Criticizes the National Commission on Social Studies in the Schools' report, "Charting a Course: Social Studies for the 21st Century." Questions the report's chronological exposition of history, exclusion of social problems until twelfth grade, emphasis on content, lack of selectivity, and declarative mood. Contends that, by ignoring…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Content Analysis, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking