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Street, Chris – Social Studies, 2008
It was 1,000 years ago that King Ethelred ordered the building of a large fleet of ships to blockade England from Viking invaders in a last-ditch effort to stop a series of invasions that had plagued England for decades. Although teachers may already have a personal and professional fascination with this and other events surrounding the Viking…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Social Studies, Web Sites
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Dyson, Rick – Social Studies, 2004
The American Civil War, the War between the States, War of the Rebellion, the Second American Revolution, and the War of Southern Independence are all names for the bloodiest conflict in American history. That war of many names has inspired authors to write thousands of books and articles. With the advent of the Internet came a plethora of Web…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Government Libraries, Primary Sources, Volunteers
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Fernan, Courtney; Green, Tim – Social Studies, 2004
Voter apathy is at an all-time high in the United States. Important decisions and policies are being determined through disappointing turnouts at the voting polls. In a democratic society, this is unconscionable! Voter turnout needs to improve, but what part can teachers play, besides voting, in helping to change voter apathy? Today's students…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Voting, Elections, Democracy
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Turner, Thomas N. – Social Studies, 1995
Asserts that one of the most important goals of education should be to help students become responsible citizens who want to be informed about contemporary events. Recommends instructional techniques and current event issues to encourage student curiosity and involvement. Includes an annotated listing of teacher resources. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Classroom Techniques, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Hatcher, Barbara A. – Social Studies, 1990
Presents a student research project in which students discover the history behind everyday kitchen inventions and popular food items. Pupils achieve the following objectives: (1) distinguish fact from opinion; (2) evaluate relevant information; (3) compare and contrast events; (4) locate and verify conflicting information; and (5) organize,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Food, History Instruction, Instructional Materials
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Nadeau, Frances A. – Social Studies, 1994
Asserts that most high school students are novices at historical research and have difficulty formulating a research question. Maintains that historical fiction can give students background and serve as a springboard for research projects. Provides a 15-item annotated bibliography of recommended novels. (CFR)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Civil War (United States), Colonial History (United States), Content Area Reading
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Dickneider, William – Social Studies, 1992
Discusses the advantages of using the stock market to add new dimensions to social studies classes. Suggests that changes in society will make knowledge of financial markets essential for students. Includes two lesson plans with handouts that use the Disney company and changes in the operation of the stock market to capture student interest. (DK)
Descriptors: Capitalism, Competition, Economics, Economics Education
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Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski; And Others – Social Studies, 1995
Maintains that Venezuela has many U.S. ties because of its relative proximity and economic significance. Asserts that the Five Themes of Geography can be used to design effective classroom lessons about Venezuela. Presents five activities that include student objectives, necessary materials, and step-by-step instructional procedures. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education
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McGinnis, Randy – Social Studies, 1989
Presents a hands-on activity for bridging the gap between the exposure to three-dimensional topography and contour mapping. This activity describes the use of a volcano-making activity and offers laboratory sheets that can be duplicated for student use. Argues that students learn the concept of contour mapping better in a guided fashion that holds…
Descriptors: Activities, Cooperative Learning, Geography Instruction, Map Skills
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Naftali, Haiya – Social Studies, 1990
Presents an annotated bibliography of books on the Holocaust suitable for young adults. Describes Holocaust institutions and their resources. Provides an address for teachers interested in contacting a Holocaust institute in their area. Discusses the proliferation of teaching resources on the Second World War and their value in the classroom. (RW)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Anti Semitism, History, History Instruction
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Bjorklun, Eugene C. – Social Studies, 1995
Maintains that law-related education provides the four basic components of social studies: (1) knowledge; (2) skills; (3) values; and (4) participation. Presents five teaching activities about personal injury law. Provides hypothetical situations and discusses how they probably would be decided in the courts. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Class Activities, Court Litigation, Court Role
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Major, Marc; Nelson, Kari – Social Studies, 1995
Presents a five-hour simulation designed for secondary social studies students that focuses on the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. Describes necessary materials, a recommended time frame, and a five-day instructional plan. Includes data sheets about individual nations, focus questions, and individual role descriptions. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Differences, Ethnic Groups, European History