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Nelson, Murry R. – Social Education, 1985
The historical consensus seems to be that there is no one best method for teaching social studies. Rather the best is any variety of methods that a teacher finds comfortable. The literature of the history of social studies holds many useful ideas for today's teachers. (RM)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational History, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Sunal, Dennis W. – Social Education, 1980
Suggests strategies and activities related to energy education at the elementary level. The author stresses that learning experiences must be interdisciplinary and based on social and scientific information and concepts. (KC)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education
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Kelly, Joan P. – Social Education, 1997
Presents a first person account of a student teacher's experience teaching within a juvenile justice program. The program, an alternative to juvenile detention centers, concentrates on rehabilitating and educating minors convicted of crimes and incorporates academic learning, counseling, and vocational training. Characterizes the experience as…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Delinquency, Educational Strategies, High Risk Students
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Kirman, Joseph M. – Social Education, 1995
Asserts that the value of using pictures and photographs as teaching aids is firmly established. Suggests rephotographing old photographs to produce customized study prints and develop miniunits based on them. Includes a sample unit outline with teaching procedures and three illustrative photographs. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction
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Mahood, Wayne – Social Education, 1995
Maintains that teaching about the Civil War can be enhanced by using a wide variety of printed and audiovisual resources. Provides an annotated list of interpretive accounts, secondary sources, and participant accounts of the war. Concludes that student interest can be generated by using such personalized accounts of the period. (CFR)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Audiovisual Aids, Civil War (United States), Diaries
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Hootstein, Edward W. – Social Education, 1995
Contends that student motivation is a major issue for all teachers but is of particular concern for middle school social studies teachers. Reports on an interview with 18 middle school teachers and 60 middle school students on the effectiveness of strategies designed to increase motivation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education
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Morganett, Lee – Social Education, 1995
Contends that social studies teachers are just as likely to experience student motivational problems as teachers of other subjects. Discusses issues related to student motivation and asserts that the teacher-student relationship is a critical variable. Presents and discusses 10 recommendations and classroom activities. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction
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O'Day, Kim – Social Education, 1994
Maintains that using both formal and informal writing assignments is an effective method for learning social studies content. Discusses positive outcomes of writing such as acquiring tools for independent learning, identifying bias, and enhancing thinking skills. Provides suggestions for writing assignments and evaluation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Rocca, Al M. – Social Education, 1994
Contends that the integration of history and geography has long been recommended by historians and social scientists. Discusses the five themes of geography and how they can be integrated into an effective lesson plan. Provides an annotated list of resources on this topic. (CFR)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Curriculum Development, Educational Resources, Educational Strategies
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Epstein, Terrie L. – Social Education, 1994
Describes a classroom study of 20 self-selected, college-bound, U.S. history students in which the students created a story, poem, painting, or other art form after studying a unit on immigration. Includes several examples and descriptions of students' poetry, writing, and other creative projects. (CFR)
Descriptors: Art Education, Class Activities, Curriculum Design, Educational Strategies
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Benitez, Helena – Social Education, 1994
Asserts that U. S. history instruction is too often characterized by a narrow focus on national events and leaders viewed through a monocultural lens. Proposes an approach that replaces this narrow view of the past with one that regards the contemporary United States as the result of both internal struggle and global interaction. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cultural Differences, Curriculum Design, Educational Strategies
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Harms, Jeanne McLain; Lettow, Lucille J. – Social Education, 1994
Asserts that picture books with historical settings can extend children's understanding of life in the past and greatly enrich the elementary social studies program. Discusses criteria for selecting appropriate fiction picture books. Presents a bibliographical essay of recommended books and includes the list. (CFR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies
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Denton, Karen L.; Muir, Sharon Pray – Social Education, 1994
Asserts that, since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, social studies textbooks have changed to reflect a multicultural perspective. Encourages primary-level teachers to supplement instruction with visual aids that represent ethnic groups in positive ways. (CFR)
Descriptors: Blacks, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education
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Carney-Dalton, Pat – Social Education, 1994
Describes the use of poetry in U.S. history instruction. Contends that using simulations, historical documents, and literature help make students keenly aware of conflicts and the human impact of historical events. Recommends that students write poetry related to historical topics and includes five examples of student-written poetry. (CFR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Content Area Reading, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education
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Kornfield, John – Social Education, 1994
Asserts that the growing interest in multicultural and global education is encouraging teachers to search for new ways to teach history. Describes the use of historical fiction in a sixth-grade, interdisciplinary, multicultural unit on World War II. Includes an annotated bibliography of 33 recommended books. (CFR)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Childrens Literature, Content Area Reading, Educational Strategies
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