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Wu, Lin; Hsiung, Hui-Chen; Bogucharova, Tina – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2022
Since the mainstream U.S. history curriculum often excludes Asian Americans' struggles and resilience, many educators in the United States struggle to teach this subject. In particular, few studies explore how elementary social studies teachers use culturally relevant pedagogy to help Asian American students analyze and critique anti-Asian…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Elementary School Teachers, Culturally Relevant Education, Asian American Students
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Yi, Joanne – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2022
This article draws on my reflections from a year-long study in a first-grade classroom in a Midwestern public elementary school during which the author read and discussed a total of fourteen Asian American picture books with the class. In this article, she discusses the children's interactions with Asian American stories and provides suggestions…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Asian Americans
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Kim, Esther June; Falkner, Anna – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2022
The realities of COVID-19 have clearly revealed the myth of the model minority, a stereotype in which Asian Americans are seen as successful and high achieving in contrast to other Communities of Color. An ever-present, but sometimes seemingly dormant, anti-Asian racism in the United States is reflective of patterns in U.S. immigration history.…
Descriptors: Models, Minority Groups, Asian Americans, Stereotypes
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Bellows, Elizabeth; Buchanan, Lisa Brown – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2022
The authors provide an overview of teaching war and explore ways to situate these notions in the elementary classroom. As part of this discussion, they offer a guide for selecting appropriate texts for a thematic text set for children involving issues of war and peace.
Descriptors: History Instruction, War, Elementary School Students, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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An, Sohyun – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2022
In "Teaching about the Vietnam War: Centering Southeast Asian Refugee Voices through Children's Literature," Sohyun An provides content and pedagogic knowledge for teaching about the Vietnam War through Southeast Asian refugee children's books. The author provides a brief overview of the war from Southeast Asian perspectives and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Asian History, War, Refugees
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Brant, Cathy A. R.; Hill, Joshua – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2022
In this article, the authors highlight four children's picture books that can be used to discuss gender diversity with young children in social studies.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Picture Books
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McCormick, Melanie M.; West, Alycia N. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2022
Melanie McCormick and Alycia West implore educators to engage in thoughtful conversations about transnational adoption in "Seen but not Seen: Supporting Transracial and Transnational Adoptees in the Classroom." The authors draw on their stories of growing up as transracial and transnational adoptees as well as their research on…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Adoption, Childrens Literature, Teacher Responsibility
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Mehta, Mohit P. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2022
In this article, I consider the use of Asian American digital archives as sources of critical inquiry for the elementary social studies classroom. First, I provide a brief overview of early South Asian American history, focusing on Punjabi and Bengali migrations. Then, I orient educators to two noteworthy community archives, the South Asian…
Descriptors: Archives, Teaching Methods, Asian Americans, Elementary School Students
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Tran, Van Anh – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2022
In elementary classrooms, teaching immigration often begins and ends at Ellis Island--without discussions of racist migration policies or engagement with current issues. Although contemporary immigration is rarely discussed with elementary students, the number of young people from immigrant and/or refugee backgrounds in the U.S. continues to rise.…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Immigration, Elementary School Students
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Nasser, Ilham – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2021
To contribute to social studies' and history teachers' bank of resources, the book list presented in this article was compiled by the Education Outreach Program (EOP) of the National Arab American Women Association (NAAWA). These books provide an alternative voice and a more colorful picture of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with…
Descriptors: Social Studies, History Instruction, Arabs, Middle Eastern Studies
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Burgard, Karen L. B.; O'Quinn, Caroline; Boucher, Michael L., Jr.; Pinnix, Natasha; Trejo, Cynthia; Dickson, Charnae – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2021
It is difficult to overstate the power of visual images, particularly historical primary source photos, to provide a window into the past. Here, the authors outline how educators can utilize historic photos to provide students with a deeper understanding of the past. When students do not see their heritage and culture represented in images, the…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, United States History, Photography, Pictorial Stimuli
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Campos, David – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2021
When the author became a public-school teacher and decided to teach second-grade students about Jane Goodall, he could not find literature appropriate for seven-year-olds. Children's books about her lifework simply did not exist. So, the author used an encyclopedic entry and the knowledge he had from the documentary to form his own text, which was…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Childrens Literature, Animals, Elementary School Students
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Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2021
In 2020, the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) strove "to educate the American people about the efforts and undertakings of the women's suffrage movement in the United States in a nonpartisan fashion." The occasion was the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment--Women's Suffrage Rights to the U.S. Constitution. This article…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Voting, Social Studies, Elementary School Teachers
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Duss, Leslie Smith; Talbert, Rachel; Sheppard, Maia – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2021
In this article, the authors discuss the possibilities and benefits of inquiry-based learning at National Park Service (NPS) parks, historic sites, and their companion websites. They also stress that you can extend the guidance and resources that may be provided by any historic monument or park close to your school, whether it is a part of the NPS…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, History Instruction, Social Studies
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Holmberg, Emily R.; Burke, Jennie – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2021
This article features highlights from an integrated curricular unit designed to challenge how the gender gap influences young learners' gender stereotypes of STEM professions by allowing students to question their own biases about these occupations while learning herstory. It was implemented in a third-grade classroom in a suburban elementary…
Descriptors: Sex Stereotypes, STEM Education, Feminism, History Instruction
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