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den Heyer, Kent – Canadian Social Studies, 2005
Schools are too often places in which answers are conveyed to questions students are rarely, if ever, asked. This article offers, therefore, some examples of content--animating and throughline questions--and assessment practices that centralize questions rather than answers. While animating questions return teachers to the mysteries that excite us…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
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Fielding, John – Canadian Social Studies, 2005
There are two distinct sections to this article. In the first part, the author's relates, in a personal way, his conviction that the teaching of history is about the engagement and development of the "historical imagination". In the second part Fielding presents not only many strategies for teaching history but also his analysis of these…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Learner Engagement, Student Participation, Student Motivation
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Stevens, Jacqueline; And Others – Canadian Social Studies, 1992
Describes learning activities and teaching methods for history and social studies classes in use at different schools. Includes contests, games, field trips, role playing, and student research and writing. Explains that the activities deal with racism, tolerance, self-esteem, and the role of decision making in history. (DK)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities
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Shields, Patricia – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Describes the storyline instructional strategy and its application to social studies. Storyline consists of incorporating content area material into an evolving narrative with subsequent material added to the story. Includes examples from grades 2, 9, and 11 storyline instructional units. (MJP)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Shaffer, Dianna – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Describes a space education program in rural Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Reports that gifted and talented students examined space exploration, built models, met with astronauts, and designed multimedia presentations. Explains that the students also hosted a one-day conference on space for students, teachers, and parents and later visited…
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities, Space Exploration
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Tersigni, Joseph – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Explains that Canadian general education is intended to prepare students for community college, whereas advanced education is meant to ready them for university study. Offers 25 strategies for teaching on the general level. Argues that the tips can improve the teacher student relationship and make any subject more interesting and enjoyable for…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Foreign Countries, Learning Activities, Secondary Education
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Schwartz, Phyllis – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Describes two classroom activities that introduce critical-thinking skills into social studies instruction. One is a debate, followed by position papers, on the contribution of Christopher Columbus. The other is a simulation of a Constitutional Amendment conference. Discusses which parts of the lessons specifically focus on critical-thinking…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Debate, Elementary Education, Evaluative Thinking
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Darling, Linda Farr – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Discusses how students can examine global and moral issues by exploring trickster tales from different cultures. Recommends these tales for their moral component, entertainment value, and rich source of cultural knowledge. Includes criteria for selecting trickster tales for young audiences. (MJP)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Childrens Literature, Citizenship Education, Curriculum Enrichment
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Milligan, Christopher S.; Smith, David C. – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Utilizes the 17th-century fur trade rivalry between the French and the English for a classroom experiment in the writing of history. Students produce their own account of a historical event based upon a reading of primary source documents. Peer reviews and teacher comments guide the students through several drafts. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Economic Factors, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries
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Shields, Patricia – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Describes strategies and learning activities designed to create connections between students' feelings and historical incidents. The interdisciplinary activities often combine novels, writing assignments, and guest speakers. The students also conduct mock trials concerning historical issues and conduct their own research. (MJP)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness
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Rose, Sheila D. – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Provides a brief overview of the educational conditions in Canada's Yukon Territory and discusses their effect on curriculum development. Describes three social studies curriculum projects from inception to completion. The projects are "Our Land Too: Women of Canada and the Northwest 1860-1914"; "Klondike Gold"; and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
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Orr, Jeff – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Outlines activities using the 1867 quarterly returns for the Registry of Deaths for Pictou County, Nova Scotia, to link population themes in early Canada to today's global issues. Learning activities include having students research the age of mortality, cause of death, human migration, and occupational profile. (MJP)
Descriptors: Community Characteristics, Death, Global Education, History
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Orr, Jeff – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Presents interesting and concise background material on an 1874 treaty between Canadian Indians and colonists concerning hunting and fishing rights. Includes a copy of the treaty as well as learning activities utilizing document analysis. The activities ask pertinent questions of each paragraph in the document. (MJP)
Descriptors: Canada Natives, Content Analysis, Cultural Interrelationships, Federal Indian Relationship
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Shields, Patricia – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Describes student projects and simulations designed to enrich social studies instruction. Students collected primary and secondary sources for a media kit on Russian economic development. Another group constructed a time line for a Canadian historical figure. Includes tips for designing and facilitating successful projects. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries
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Richardson, George – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Argues that the current presentations of "nationalism" in the Alberta social studies curriculum are archaic and irrelevant. Proposes a more inclusive and critical definition of nationalism and provides some supporting references. Includes four student assignments illustrating and teaching this revised approach to nationalism. (MJP)
Descriptors: Canadian Studies, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Course Content, Current Events
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