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Heafner, Tina L.; Zimmerman, Aaron; Triplett, Nicholas; Journell, Wayne – Social Education, 2016
In seeking a disciplinary literacy model that would enable students to express well-developed perspectives and argue contrasting views with the sound use of evidence, the authors developed a student-driven model that emphasized historical investigation, offered substance, and scaffolded reading and writing. To support their project, they created…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, United States History, Grade 8, High School Students
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Manfra, Meghan McGlinn; Gray, George E., Jr.; Lee, John K. – Social Education, 2010
Social studies teachers assess their students in a number of ways. Among these are formative assessments, authentic assessments, and summative low-level multiple-choice tests. Working with two classrooms of low-achieving U.S. history students, the authors compared student experiences in traditional units to those in units that integrated an…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Cognitive Style, Electronic Publishing, Student Attitudes
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Golston, Syd – Social Education, 2010
The Federal Writers' Project was an arm of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Franklin Delano Roosevelt's massive program to put the unemployed back to work. The Writers' Project was charged with producing an extensive guidebook for each of the 48 states; and more than 6,000 local newspaper writers, novelists, poets, college professors, and…
Descriptors: United States History, Economic Climate, Structural Unemployment, Authors
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Westcott, Patrick; Viator, Martha Graham – Social Education, 2008
The history of the United States includes myriad examples of courage and selflessness as well as instances of prejudice and discrimination. Many students believe that prejudice and discrimination are limited to individuals and do not realize that these can form part of government or national policy. In this article, the authors highlight the…
Descriptors: War, World History, Japanese Americans, United States History
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Pereira, Carolyn; Chavkin, Nisan – Social Education, 2008
The writ of habeas corpus has been a critical tool for balancing the rights of individuals with the government's responsibility to protect the nation's welfare. In this article, the authors discuss the writ of habeas corpus and how it affects the federal government and hundreds of prisoners who are held as enemy combatants. Elementary, middle, and…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Law Related Education, National Security, Federal Government
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Ferrarini, Tawni Hunt; Schug, Mark C. – Social Education, 2007
History matters. It matters not only because people can learn from the past, but because the present and the future are connected to the past by the continuity of a society's institutions. Today and tomorrow's choices are shaped by the past. And the past can be made intelligible only as a story of institutional evolution. This story focuses on the…
Descriptors: United States History, Cooperation, Economic Development, International Trade
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Howlett, Charles F. – Social Education, 2007
The author decided to minimize the stressful emphasis on assessments in learning in his 11th grade American History and Government classes and put the fun back into teaching. Tired of the repetitive aspects of teaching the required state standards related to the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court cases, the author switched gears from simply…
Descriptors: Drama, United States History, State Standards, Court Litigation