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Svensson, Carl-Johan; Samuelsson, Tobias – Social Studies, 2021
Lately, theme parks have emphasized the learning and edutainment aspects of their business. This has created new opportunities for theme parks and schools to cooperate. Research has shown that learning at science centers, a similar form of learning arena, tends to be out of context and that the learning outcomes are meager. High Chaparral, in…
Descriptors: Parks, Social Studies, History Instruction, Informal Education
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Schroeder, Stephanie; Gates, Jake – Social Studies, 2021
This article explores depictions of the American Civil Rights Movement in award-winning children's picture books published between 2010 and 2018. Specifically, we focused on 25 books chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) for inclusion on their yearly book lists. We included books…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Civil Rights, United States History
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Matthews, Jolie C. – Social Studies, 2021
Historical novels, films, and other media can disrupt or reinforce dominant narratives about the past. Educators must be careful that when they attempt to select material from a range of seemingly diverse perspectives, they do not choose content that nevertheless maintains problematic depictions of people, places, and events. Time travel stories…
Descriptors: Case Studies, History, Time, Travel
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Scheuerell, Scott – Social Studies, 2021
The author describes how high school students can use Google Tour Builder to track the impact of local Civil War veterans by conducting research with primary and secondary sources. In the article, there is a description of an example from Larned, Kansas where more than one hundred Civil War veterans settled a community on the plains. Digitized…
Descriptors: Social Studies, History Instruction, War, Veterans
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Bickford, John H. – Social Studies, 2021
First graders engaged in an extended historical inquiry. Close readings of secondary and primary sources evoked rich class discussion. Scaffolding directed students' scrutiny of secondary sources for historical gaps; they ably detected source and intent within the primary sources. Students articulated newly constructed understandings through…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods, History Instruction
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Vickery, Amanda Elizabeth; Rodríguez, Noreen Naseem – Social Studies, 2021
Historical narratives of Black women often focus solely on racial discrimination without acknowledging the structural and systemic gender-based discrimination they faced. Crenshaw's concept of intersectionality draws upon decades of Black feminist scholarship delineating how Black women experience systemic oppression on account of both their race…
Descriptors: Females, Racial Bias, Gender Bias, Social Studies
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Fancher, Alexander Patrick – Social Studies, 2021
Today's political environment continues to become more polarized as Americans find themselves taking sides on controversial issues. While this is certainly not new to the American democratic experience, the way we as a country are combating it is. With the nation engulfed in a political maelstrom, people are forgetting how to have a civilized…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Social Attitudes, Politics, Attitude Change
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Misco, Thomas; Molina, Estevan; Schultz, Brian – Social Studies, 2021
The United States has a lengthy history of welcoming immigrants from throughout the world and ultimately naturalizing and conferring citizenship to them. Yet, a number of indigenous and people of color never consented to citizenship and many still do not wish to have it. This article explores the role of citizenship as a tool to not only…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Indigenous Populations, Citizenship, Acculturation
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Curtis, Mary D.; Green, Ambra L. – Social Studies, 2021
Progressing through schools may be challenging for some students, especially those with learning disabilities (LD). In social studies, for example, students grapple with increasingly complex texts, independent work, direct instruction, critical thinking, analysis, and other learning demands. As students transition from elementary schools where…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Evidence Based Practice, Students with Disabilities
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Jackson, Jarvais; Collins, Saudah N. T.; Baines, Janice R.; Boutte, Gloria Swindler; Johnson, George Lee, Jr.; Folsom-Wright, Nichole – Social Studies, 2021
Africa is the cradle of civilization, yet its rich history and culture is undertaught--especially in elementary P-5 classrooms. In this article, we share Adinkra symbols from West Africa which can be used for interdisciplinary instruction and classroom management. We offer Adinkra symbols as an organizing theme for teaching in the spirit of not…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, African Culture, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach
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De Jesus, Isabela Queiroz; Hubbard, Janie – Social Studies, 2021
This work focuses on facilitating upper elementary students' media literacy skills development. Students engage in authentic techniques to recognize and verify media content and sources. Relevant background topics follow this structure: (a) introduction including literature review and purpose, (b) brief history of fake news, (c) impacts of…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Elementary School Students, Inquiry, Deception
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Blevins, Brooke; LeCompte, Karon N.; Riggers-Piehl, Tiffani; Scholten, Nate; Magill, Kevin R. – Social Studies, 2021
This study present findings related to students' community and political engagement and activism after participation in an action civics institute. The institute, iEngage, is a weeklong summer experience for rising fifth through rising ninth graders that utilizes the action civics inquiry cycle to foster civic skills and cultivate participation…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Summer Programs, Civics, Political Attitudes
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Clabough, Jeremiah – Social Studies, 2021
In this article, I discuss one approach of implementing thematic teaching in the high school social studies classroom exploring the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. First, a short summary for the type of high school social studies classroom envisioned in the C3 Framework by NCSS is discussed. Then, I define thematic teaching and the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Social Studies, Civil Rights, Thematic Approach
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Casey, Erin M. – Social Studies, 2021
Deep social studies-based engagement is critical in early childhood to provide a foundation for later learning and increasingly mature understandings. Skills and attitudes necessary for active citizenship should be fostered in prekindergarten "in a way which is appealing and pleasurable (Casey, DiCarlo, & Sheldon, 2019, p. 1)". The…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Social Studies, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Roberts, Scott L.; Clabough, Jeremiah – Social Studies, 2021
U.S. politics has been primarily focused on the exploration of presidential power. People have engaged in traditional Master Narratives with the examination of U.S. Presidents where their actions are elevated and the catalysts for seismic societal changes. What is not examined in as much detail is legislative power wielded by members of the House…
Descriptors: Racial Segregation, Legislators, Social Studies, United States History
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