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O'Brien, Joseph; Kohlmeier, Jada; Guilfoyle, Casey – Social Studies, 2003
History education lends itself to considering historical problems from the perspective of people of that time and exploring their thinking or "predictions" about the problems' possible effects. Building lessons around the use of prediction-making humanizes history because it allows students to investigate historical events and understand…
Descriptors: Prediction, Primary Sources, History Instruction, United States History
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Jones, Dianne – Social Studies, 1991
Describes teaching children about historical documents as a way of illustrating the reasons behind U.S. government. Explains that the course examines the U.S. Constitution, Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, and Bill of Rights. Argues that children have firm opinions about fairness and justice. Describes a project comparing U.S. government with that…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Democratic Values
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Patrick, John J.; Remy, Richard C. – Social Studies, 1985
Efforts to strengthen instruction in U.S. history and government resulted in the development of "Lessons on the Constitution," a book containing 62 lessons for use with high school students. The curriculum development process used in writing the book is described, and the objectives, format, and content of the lessons are discussed. (RM)
Descriptors: Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Course Content, Curriculum Development
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Weber, Lee – Social Studies, 1993
Asserts that before civics/government teachers teach about the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, students should be introduced to the religious and philosophical background of religions freedom in the United States. Identifies issues and historical documents that provide the foundation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Constitutional History, Course Content
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Ogundare, Samuel Folorunso – Social Studies, 1993
Reports on a study of 236 prospective social studies teachers at a Nigerian university about their attitudes toward human rights and civil liberties. Finds that most prospective teachers were aware of rights included in the Nigerian Constitution and were generally supportive of them. Includes two tabular presentations of data. (CFR)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Democracy, Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hantula, James – Social Studies, 1989
Depicts an eighth grade unit utilizing the production of a newspaper to teach U.S. history, 1787 to 1791, in a combined social studies and language arts class at Malcolm Price Laboratory School (Iowa). Two teachers used both large- and small-group instruction to focus on the development of the U.S. Constitution. (LS)
Descriptors: Constitutional History, Grade 8, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High Schools
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Vile, John R. – Social Studies, 1987
Examines the connection between the U.S. Constitution and economics and provides numerous examples of constitutional clauses and court cases which illustrate this point. Argues that constitutional provisions, such as the taxing and spending clause, have a substantial impact on national economics and that this impact should be presented in the…
Descriptors: Constitutional History, Curriculum Development, Economics Education, Higher Education
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Schug, Mark C. – Social Studies, 1987
Argues that the economic implications of the U.S. Constitution should not be overlooked. Suggests four areas of study and provides a lesson plan for each. Concludes that, in addition to learning the economic ideas of the Constitution, students should recognize the unique values which sustain it. (GEA)
Descriptors: Constitutional History, Curriculum Development, Economics Education, Higher Education
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Vos, Valerie – Social Studies, 1987
This play, designed for grades four to six, is a reenactment of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. It shows how the proposals for equal representation, a governmental balance of powers, and the Bill of Rights led to the ratification of the Constitution. (AEM)
Descriptors: Colonial History (United States), Constitutional History, Democracy, Governmental Structure
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Cohen, Cheryl B. – Social Studies, 1987
Introduces two recently published books helpful to those teaching about the U.S. Constitution. Includes an annotated list of five other ERIC resources for teaching about the Constitution. (AEM)
Descriptors: Constitutional History, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Units of Study
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Merriman, Dick – Social Studies, 1986
Describes the "Jefferson Meeting," an instructional program of the Jefferson Foundation which involves secondary students or adults in examining fundamental questions about the nature of our constitution. Includes ordering information for the teacher's guide and the issue discussion guides. (JDH)
Descriptors: Adults, Colonial History (United States), Constitutional History, Government Role
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Levitt, Gregory A.; Longstreet, Wilma S. – Social Studies, 1993
Argues that teaching authentic civic values in schools frequently requires teaching about controversial issues. Asserts that adequate teacher preparation and continued inservice education is essential for effective instruction about contemporary social problems. Includes two model lessons and a list of organizations that offer materials for civic…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Curriculum Development