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Cavallaro, Christina J.; Sembiante, Sabrina F.; Kervin, Cole; Baxley, Traci P. – Social Studies, 2019
One way for teachers to use engaging and relevant social studies curriculum is by delving into local history to help students understand the influence that community activists have had on national policies and events. In this article, we provide teachers an approach to incorporate topics of racial inequity in their classrooms by showcasing a…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Local History, Racial Differences, Activism
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Moore, James – Social Studies, 2018
Even though slavery is illegal in all countries, it is still practiced in the form of human trafficking. In fact, there are about twenty-five million men, women, and children who are victims of human trafficking, a 150-billion-dollar industry that affects every country across the globe. Modern communications, such as the Internet and cell phones,…
Descriptors: Slavery, Crime, Civil Rights, Democracy
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Mead, Sarah M.; Ellerbrock, Cheryl R.; Cruz, Bárbara C. – Social Studies, 2017
Contemporary global issues can be examined through the lens of modern photographic art. In an effort to prepare global-ready graduates, this article explores the pressing problems of environmental degradation, urbanization, and homelessness through the work of three contemporary artists. Illustrative works, suggested approaches, and curriculum…
Descriptors: Global Education, Global Approach, Environmental Education, Urbanization
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Murphree, Daniel – Social Studies, 2015
"Flipping" the Classroom techniques and the use of Embedded Writing Consultants (EWC) in institutions of higher education have been the subject of scholarly research in recent years. However, it appears that no studies have examined the simultaneous use of both "tools" in an introductory History course at the university level.…
Descriptors: Consultants, History Instruction, College Programs, Higher Education
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Keefer, Natalie; Bousalis, Rina – Social Studies, 2015
In many parts of the less developed world it is women and girls who are expected to provide water for their family. Frequently, young girls are unable to complete school or get jobs because water scarcity means they are forced to walk miles daily to obtain this most basic need. Since the creation of the United Nations Millennium Goals, progress…
Descriptors: Females, Water, Developing Nations, Sex Role
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Cruz, Bárbara C.; Ellerbrock, Cheryl R. – Social Studies, 2015
The importance of visual literacy development is demonstrated using social studies examples from an innovative, collaborative arts program. Discussion of the Visual Thinking Strategies approach, connections to the Common Core State Standards, prompts for higher-order critical thinking, and the application of historical and social science ideas in…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Social Studies, Art Education, Critical Thinking
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Bersh, Luz Carime – Social Studies, 2013
This article offers a contextual analysis of contemporary immigration issues impacting the institutions in the United States, in particular the school. It discusses the importance of addressing this theme in the classroom and presents its curricular value in the elementary and middle school social studies and interdisciplinary curricula. Using a…
Descriptors: Immigration, Teaching Methods, Social Studies, Elementary School Students
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Pagnotti, John; Russell, William B., III – Social Studies, 2012
How can teachers utilize video games in the classroom, harnessing a technology that is gaining "market share" in the lives of our students? This article will provide classroom teachers with a research-based rationale for using video games along with a viable, classroom-tested lesson to teach social studies content using a widely…
Descriptors: World History, Video Games, History Instruction, Learner Engagement
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Marri, Anand R.; Ahn, Meesuk; Crocco, Margaret Smith; Grolnick, Maureen; Gaudelli, William; Walker, Erica N. – Social Studies, 2011
The issues surrounding the federal budget, national debt, and budget deficit are complex, but not beyond the reach of young students. This study finds scant treatment of the federal budget, national debt, and budget deficit in high schools today. It is hardly surprising that high school teachers spend so little time discussing these topics in…
Descriptors: High Schools, Current Events, Debt (Financial), Secondary School Teachers
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Sandmann, Alexa – Social Studies, 2004
The topic of immigration is frequently taught in middle school classrooms as part of the history of America, for this country is indeed a "land of immigrants." Special emphasis is usually given to immigration that occurred a century or more ago, but contemporary immigration may prove to be a more compelling way to view this concept.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Individual Development, Cultural Awareness
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Felton, Randall G.; Allen, Rodney F. – Social Studies, 1990
Discusses the educational benefits of using visual materials as historical sources. Outlines steps for analyzing historical photographs. Applies these steps to two sample lessons about sugar-cane syrup making in Florida and dealing with migrant workers in Florida during the Depression. (RW)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Benefits, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction
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Greenslade, Cleo B. – Social Studies, 1988
Discusses a walking trip through Elfers, Florida, which gives intermediate level students a basis for a real understanding of the state's history, climate, economy, and natural resources. Describes how students prepare for the outing by examining maps and interviewing their parents and grandparents about life when they were in school. (GEA)
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Field Trips, Grade 4, History Instruction