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Morris, Ronald V. – Social Studies, 2019
Teacher practices created experiences for students to guide their inquiry by creating opportunities to gather data through field notes. Students examined their county and gathered data from the field on a daylong investigation of their county. Students generated questions and considered their observations at multiple stops. Students learned to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Grade 5, Active Learning
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Maguth, Brad M.; Tomer, Andrea; Apanius, Avery – Social Studies, 2019
This manuscript considers Berman's (1990) "Despair to Empowerment Curricular Curve" as a possible guiding curricular framework in global education. The authors describe how this curricular curve was used by teachers to enhance a seventh-grade world history unit on the Black Death to move middle-level learners away from despair and toward…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Global Education, World History, Grade 7
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Masta, Stephanie; Rosa, Tori J. K. – Social Studies, 2019
The purpose of this qualitative, single case study is to investigate how teacher-created curricula addresses key Native American events in early U.S. history and to determine if such curricula provided students with accurate representations of Native American content. To do this, we used discourse analysis to consider the meanings of words and…
Descriptors: Grade 8, American Indians, Discourse Analysis, Power Structure
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Barrow, Elizabeth; Ford, Evelyn Alex – Social Studies, 2019
Teaching controversial issues can be challenging for any teacher, but especially so when the teacher is a cultural outsider. In this article, we provide a snapshot of one social studies educator's experiences teaching about two hotly contested elections--the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the 2017 Korean special election--to middle school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Foreign Workers, Middle School Teachers, History Instruction
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Kuhn, Deanna; Feliciano, Nicole; Kostikina, Darya – Social Studies, 2019
How better can we prepare students for the roles awaiting them as citizens than by engaging them in addressing challenging issues of the day? We describe our experience as a researcher--practitioner partnership with this objective in a yearlong program involving academically low-performing urban middle schoolers and a student-centered…
Descriptors: Current Events, Citizenship Education, Urban Education, Middle School Students
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Worthington, Tracy Anne – Social Studies, 2018
The purpose of this article is to synthesize research on the benefits and use of games, role-plays, and simulations, whilst providing examples practicing teachers may wish to use in their classroom. Therefore, the article presents a discussion of key previous research on the use of games, role-plays, and simulations in secondary history…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Centered Learning, Educational Games, Role Playing
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Clabough, Jeremiah; Bickford, John H. – Social Studies, 2018
Over the last couple of years, White nationalist groups have been at the forefront of American political life, especially with the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. The historical roots of White nationalist movements run deep in the United States and are most closely associated with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). In this article the authors explore…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Whites, Middle School Students, Nationalism
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Morris, Ronald V. – Social Studies, 2018
Middle school students learned about their community when they created documentaries as part of a state bicentennial celebration. Students gathered multiple primary and secondary resources and worked with community members to interview them for their perspectives through video presentations as part of the inquiry process. Students work with local…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Research, Documentaries, Local History
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Lin, Patricia A. – Social Studies, 2018
This article draws on current research in the areas of storytelling and social studies to present a practical, culturally responsive storytelling model for Grades 7-9 social studies teachers to use to better engage English Language Learners (ELLs). Integrating the proven effectiveness of storytelling from a scientific and social perspective, with…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
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Whitlock, Annie McMahon; Brugar, Kristy A. – Social Studies, 2017
This article explores examples of student-initiated inquiries (in Grades 1 and 5) and the opportunities and challenges with engaging in them. To explore these student-initiated inquiries, we use the "C3 Framework" Inquiry Arc (National Council for the Social Studies, 2013) and Harvey and Daniels's (2009) Small-Group Inquiry Model to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Curriculum, Grade 1, Grade 5, Inquiry
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Sell, Corey Ranshaw; Griffin, Krista – Social Studies, 2017
Given the current marginalization of the social studies within elementary classrooms it is vital that elementary educators seek integrative techniques that promote the social studies. This article explores one such example of integration taught by the authors within an elementary classroom. The three-day lesson taught to fifth-grade students aimed…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Grade 5
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Gibson, Melissa Leigh – Social Studies, 2017
Dominant approaches to teaching social studies often marginalize bilingual and bicultural students. This is particularly troubling because the explicit goal of the social studies is to cultivate civic participation. Educational inequalities are thus tied to political inequalities. In light of this, this article shares a narrative case study of the…
Descriptors: Civics, Bilingualism, Biculturalism, Social Studies
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Kucan, Linda; Cho, Byeong-Young; Han, Hyeju – Social Studies, 2017
This article describes the design of a social studies unit about the Johnstown Flood of 1889 with a particular emphasis on how specific unit resources engaged middle school students in learning about the geographical and historical context of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. We also report on how the resources supported the teaching and learning of the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Historical Interpretation, Social Studies, Geographic Regions
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O'Brien, Joe; Peavey, Scott; Fuller, Molly – Social Studies, 2016
Learning about people from long ago and far away poses a challenge for students because such people seem so distant and different. The lack of easily comprehensible text-based primary sources compounds this problem. Using a built environment as a primary source makes people from the distant past more accessible, concrete and exciting. Broadly…
Descriptors: Buildings, World History, Physical Environment, Middle School Students
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Campbell, Laurie O. – Social Studies, 2016
Minimal research has been accumulated in the field of social studies education for Novakian concept mapping, yet there are many benefits from adding this learning tool to a teacher's instructional toolbox. The article defines Novakian concept mapping and invites readers to adopt digital Novakian concept mapping into the social studies classroom as…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Student Attitudes, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods
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