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Hammond, Thomas C.; Oltman, Julia; Salter, Shannon – Social Education, 2019
The social studies curriculum travels through time and space and is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. To an outsider, the social studies curriculum is a single line on a program of studies, 45 minutes of a student's school day. Those on the inside, however, know that the field covers history, geography, civics, economics, and much…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Time, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods
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Swan, Kathy; Lee, John; Grant, S. G. – Social Education, 2019
This article discusses a new set of inquiries based on the C3 Framework that provides questions, tasks, and sources to launch classroom examinations of the Korean War and its many aftershocks. Compelling and supporting questions, formative and summative performance tasks, and disciplinary sources provide teachers and their students with the…
Descriptors: War, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
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Gallagher, Jennifer L.; Swalwell, Katy M.; Bellows, M. Elizabeth – Social Education, 2019
Millions of teachers regularly turn to Internet sharing sites such as Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers for curriculum resources and ideas. While this innovative technology poses a number of advantages for teachers who are almost never given an appropriate amount of time to engage in curriculum planning, and who can supplement their…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Social Studies, Web Sites, Critical Literacy
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Halvorsen, Anne-Lise; Duke, Nell K.; Strachan, Stephanie L. – Social Education, 2019
The primary-grade years offer a critical opportunity to engage children in understanding and navigating their social world; in discovering the historical events, people, and movements that have shaped contemporary life; in finding--both literally and figuratively--their place in the world; and in understanding how people live together, resolve…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
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Olbrys, Stefanie – Social Education, 2019
When the author encountered the C3 Framework, she saw an opportunity to develop a different approach that she hoped would encourage all her students to reach their highest potential. The approach she created--The Deliberative Classroom--has pushed her as much as it has pushed her students. The benefits have been powerful: better academic…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Questioning Techniques, Critical Thinking
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Libresco, Andrea S. – Social Education, 2018
The annual "National Council for the Social Studies" (NCSS) Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People list often contains picture books that profile citizen role models--people who worked to change society for the better. In 2018 the list includes beautiful, thoughtful biographies of people who chose "doing good" over…
Descriptors: Books, Activism, Childrens Literature, Social Studies
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Sperry, Sox – Social Education, 2018
Reflecting on the mediascape since the 2016 elections, it's tempting to think that "fake news" is strictly a twenty-first century phenomenon--designed by webmasters as clickbait for shadowy networks seeking power and profit. This article will explore some ways in which teachers can use the analytical tools of news literacy to unearth the…
Descriptors: News Reporting, Credibility, Media Literacy, Deception
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Larmer, John – Social Education, 2018
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is increasingly popular in K-12 schools, not just in the United States but around the world. PBL is a great way to engage students in their learning. In this article, the author presents what PBL is and is not.
Descriptors: Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Active Learning, Social Studies
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Berson, Ilene R.; Berson, Michael J.; Snow, Bert – Social Education, 2017
Game-based learning not only contributes to a learning environment that is interesting and engaging for students but also fosters collaboration while meeting educational goals. Recognizing the potential of digital games to promote primary-source use for discovery and problem-solving, the Library of Congress established funding to advance the…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Computer Software, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Games
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Minigan, Andrew P.; Westbrook, Sarah; Rothstein, Dan; Santana, Luz – Social Education, 2017
In 2011, Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana of the Right Question Institute first wrote about the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a simple yet rigorous stepwise process to teach all students how to ask better questions, in their book "Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions". Through the QFT, students learn how…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Books, Thinking Skills, Creative Thinking
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Hauver, Jennifer – Social Education, 2017
Formal civic education that seeks to develop young people's appreciation and competence for active participation in their communities is critically important, and we should continue to advocate for its inclusion. Learning to live together--in community with diverse others--has always required far more than formal civic education curriculum has…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizen Participation, Civics, Informal Education
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Johnson, Aaron; Hicks, David; Ogle, Todd; Bowman, Doug; Cline, David; Ragan, Eric – Social Education, 2017
In 2014, Virginia's Montgomery County school division adopted a place-based social studies curriculum titled "My Place in Time and Space" for fifth grade students. The curriculum promotes an awareness of the impact of place on local knowledge and disciplinary understandings in southwest Virginia, while also connecting local history to…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Elementary Education, Grade 5, Computer Simulation
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Manfra, Meghan McGlinn; Greiner, Jeff A. – Social Education, 2016
Teachers can successfully integrate student-centered, disciplined inquiry, and technology into their classroom using the three-part approach to monitoring instruction described in this article.
Descriptors: World History, History Instruction, Student Centered Learning, Inquiry
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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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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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