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Açikalin, Mehmet; Schur, Joan Brodsky; Yolcu, Engin – Social Education, 2016
Integrating local history with national or even global history can help students to find social studies more meaningful, to make connections between course content and their own lives and surroundings. In this article, we describe a project in which seventh grade students in Istanbul, Turkey, located centuries-old trees still living in their urban…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Local History, History Instruction, Urban Areas
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Schur, Joan Brodsky – Social Education, 2015
Once the Ottoman Empire joined the Central Powers on October 28, 1914, the fate of the Empire hinged on the outcome of World War I. The Ottomans waged war on multiple fronts: in the Caucasus against Russia, and to defend the Gallipoli Peninsula and the Arab territories against the British and French empires. One hundred years later, we live in a…
Descriptors: War, Teaching Methods, History Instruction, College Preparation
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Robinson, Andy; Schur, Joan Brodsky – Social Education, 2010
What students remember about their 8th grade study of American history is the historical simulations and the roles they played in them that stick in their memories. Other teachers across America have had similar successes implementing role-plays. Of course, these role-plays have an important place in the curriculum; to understand the controversies…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), United States History, Role Playing, Social Change
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Schur, Joan Brodsky – Social Education, 2009
That primary source documents have the power to bring the past alive is no news to social studies teachers. What is new in the last 10 years is the number of digitized documents available online that teachers can download and use in their classrooms. Encouraging teachers to utilize this ever-increasing treasure trove of resources was the goal of…
Descriptors: World History, Primary Sources, Social Studies, History Instruction
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Schur, Joan Brodsky – Social Education, 2007
Most students assume that a thriving society runs smoothly because people abide by the laws. But there are various informal, as well as formal, means of social control such as gossip, ridicule, and shame that function even in complex societies to achieve social control, or conformity to group norms. Good teaching ideas have the potential to lead…
Descriptors: United States History, Protestants, Community Schools, Social Control
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Schur, Joan Brodsky – Social Education, 2001
Presents the reflections of a social studies teacher from New York City about the September 11, 2001, attacks and the days following it. Focuses on her personal experiences during that time period and the response of the school where she taught. (CMK)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Middle Schools, Personal Narratives
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Schur, Joan Brodsky – Social Education, 1984
A US history activity which generated excitement and enhanced class discussion involved students in writing each other letters as imaginary correspondents living through the period under study. Follow-up activities included displaying letters on bulletin boards, reading correspondence aloud in class, a debate, and a class-written history play. (RM)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Creative Writing, Fiction, Learning Activities
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Schur, Joan Brodsky – Social Education, 1992
Describes a simulation exercise designed to help students understand the objections of U.S. colonists to the Stamp Act and other taxes. Includes a sample handout, instructions for the teacher in carrying out the simulation, and questions to compare students' and colonists' about feelings being assessed fees unfairly. (DK)
Descriptors: Colonial History (United States), Experiential Learning, History Instruction, Intermediate Grades
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Schur, Joan Brodsky – Social Education, 1997
Demonstrates how introducing students to African literature can appeal to their imaginations and encourage them to develop their insights into African culture. Outlines the procedures in a middle school class where the students are transformed into anthropologists as they read Chinua Achebe's, "Things Fall Apart." (MJP)
Descriptors: African Culture, African History, African Literature, Anthropology
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Schnell, Claire; Schur, Joan Brodsky – Social Education, 1999
Describes a project in which one school in New York and another in New Zealand corresponded through video, fax, and e-mail. Explains that the project's focus was on the students learning about the Maori culture in New Zealand and the subcultures of New York and promoting cultural pride in all of the students. (CMK)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Elementary Education, Ethnic Groups
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Schur, Joan Brodsky – Social Education, 1995
Maintains that one challenge in teaching social sciences is finding ways to help students design, implement, and analyze their own social science research project. Describes a seventh-grade anthropology course in which students conducted research projects on gender issues. Includes an observations chart and two figures. (CFR)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Anthropology, Course Content, Course Descriptions