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Waters, Stewart; Russell, William B., III – Social Studies, 2013
The authors of this article examine several controversial U.S. monuments and offer teachers a rationale, resources, and suggested activities for incorporating these historical monuments into classroom instruction. The authors discuss why controversial issues should be discussed in the social studies classroom through the critical examination of…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Class Activities
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Martin, Leisa A. – Social Studies, 2007
The author presents a social studies lesson that uses a commemorative coin to encourage understanding of the Monroe Doctrine. The international factors surrounding the formation of the Monroe Doctrine are discussed along with the implications and limitations of the document. The lesson provides quotations from the Monroe Doctrine, discusses how…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Critical Thinking, Middle School Students
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Pahl, Ronald H. – Social Studies, 2007
The author presents five classroom activities that involve students in the settlement at Jamestown. Activity 1 simulates the problems encountered on the "Godspeed," a fifty-two-foot foot boat with fifty-two passengers traveling across the Atlantic in 1607 for three slow months. In Activity 2, students plot their route, ocean currents,…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Class Activities, American Indians, Females
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Joseph, Brad – Social Studies, 2005
Teaching students about the former Yugoslavia can be difficult--so much diversity, so much conflict, so much culture. Yet, teaching students about the country matters for two reasons: (1) because the former Yugoslavia is an essential part of understanding World War I and the reemergence of nationalism in a postwar era, and (2) because a study of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Class Activities, Social Studies
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Gerwin, David – Social Studies, 2003
In 1960, Shirley Engle published an article in "Social Education," entitled "Decision Making: The Heart of Social Studies Instruction," that he hoped would end the conflict over a definition of social studies. He argued that social studies instruction should emphasize decision making in two senses: first, as a decision about the meaning of data…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Citizenship Education, Conflict, Social Studies
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Swartz, Avonna – Social Studies, 1994
Asserts that increasing numbers of history teachers design courses to have students use historical research and processing skills. Reports on a study of 120 middle school students about their perceptions of what historians do. Concludes that the study provided teachers a means of assessing student understanding of historians. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Strategies, Historians, History
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Menzel, Richard L. – Social Studies, 1990
Points out the difficulties in helping students understand the importance of history. Presents the educational benefits of using television, cartoons, newspaper comics, pop music, local architecture, and personal archival material in history classes. Suggests classroom activities for incorporating these materials into the curriculum. (RW)
Descriptors: Architecture, Class Activities, Curriculum Development, Educational Benefits
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Richburg, Robert W.; Nelson, Barbara J. – Social Studies, 1990
Stresses the importance of teaching values in U.S. history classes. Reviews current literature on values development. Presents a lesson plan on John Adams and his decision-making role in the Boston Massacre incident. Asks students to examine the parallels between Adams' decision to defend the British soldiers and their own lives. (RW)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Class Activities, Decision Making Skills, Ethical Instruction
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Downs, Judy R. – Social Studies, 1993
Describes a series of class activities involving student surveys and interviews with parents and other adults. Discusses possible interview topics ranging from important inventions to simulated interviews with historical figures. Reports that student interest improved and parents became more involved with school activities. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Strategies, History Instruction, Interviews
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Steffens, Henry – Social Studies, 1989
Urges history teachers to be more cognizant of the methods involved in the writing-across-the-curriculum movement. Suggests that these methods could provide students with the opportunity to learn history independently. Outlines the steps taken to implement these methods. (KO)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Content Area Writing, Higher Education
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Carroll, Rives Fowlkes – Social Studies, 1987
Describes the experiences of a sixth grade history class in learning about archaeology by planning and executing a small local dig. Offers advice on class preparation, excavation procedures, follow-up work, and the display of artifacts. Includes eight photographs of classroom and field work activities. (AEM)
Descriptors: Archaeology, Class Activities, Experiential Learning, Field Trips
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Turner, Thomas N. – Social Studies, 1988
Describes how the history of flight can be used to encourage elementary school children to read, discuss, and do research on an aviation topic. Outlines several activities that can be used to encourage student interest. (GEA)
Descriptors: Air Transportation, Class Activities, Elementary Education, History Instruction
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Sweet, Christina – Social Studies, 1994
Argues that instruction about Native Americans or Canada Natives often has been limited to colorful tales about ancient lifestyles or a trip to a museum. Asserts that teachers should provide more accurate and useful information as they integrate native studies into the social studies curriculum. (CFR)
Descriptors: American Indians, Canada Natives, Class Activities, Course Content
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Pahl, Ronald H. – Social Studies, 1994
Argues that, although social studies classes should be exciting and interesting, students frequently rate them as among the most boring and irrelevant. Asserts that living history programs, including history theater, history immersion, and living history museums can improve history instruction and student attitudes. (CFR)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Class Activities, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Whittaker, Lynn Page – Social Studies, 1993
Describes instructional materials developed by the Close Up Foundation for use in its various programs. Asserts that the books, videotapes, and simulations meet student and teacher needs for relevant, high-interest, instructional materials. Concludes with a description of the development process used by the foundation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics
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