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Bickford, John H.; Hendrickson, Ryan C. – Social Studies, 2020
This article presents a guided inquiry into Thomas Jefferson's place in American memory. It centers on Jefferson's liberty-based articulations and his involvement in slavery, which are paradoxical when juxtaposed. Evocative primary sources and competing secondary sources ground the inquiry. Discipline-specific strategies direct students through…
Descriptors: Presidents, Slavery, Social Studies, History Instruction
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Torres, Heidi J. – Social Studies, 2019
Given the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of the United States, an important part of citizenship education is helping children learn how to engage respectfully and dialogically with people whose beliefs and ways of life may differ significantly from their own. Such engagement is necessary for peaceful co-existence, as well as in the…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Diversity, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism
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Brugar, Kristy A. – Social Studies, 2019
Across grade levels, teachers and students are encouraged to engage in inquiry-based practices. The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) "Framework" (National Council for the Social Studies, 2013) and the Common Core State "Standards" (Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association, 2010), as well…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Nonfiction, Childrens Literature, Inquiry
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Marciano, Deb L.; Rackley, Jordan M.; Vaughn, Gregory L. – Social Studies, 2017
What happens when five teacher candidates and their professor bring a wordless picturebook into Italian classrooms? This article presents a grounded discussion of our immersive experiences from the United States and the minilessons they taught stemming from a piece of children's literature through our study abroad program in Italy. The opening of…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Global Education, Study Abroad, Childrens Literature
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Harrington, Judith M. – Social Studies, 2016
Picture books engage young learners across the elementary curriculum and can effectively help teach about a variety of social studies topics. Social studies may be a neglected subject in many elementary schools, but purposefully incorporating it through children's literature provides an effective means of advancing both literacy skills and social…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Cultural Awareness, Elementary School Students, Social Studies
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Monobe, Gumiko; Son, Eun Hye – Social Studies, 2014
This article examines children's literature that depicts people undergoing political conflict and war in a post-WWII era. These books portray political conflicts, refugees' relocation, and settlement in different countries. Using these books with drama inspired activities can help students gain awareness and empathetic attitudes toward…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Conflict, Refugees, Dramatics
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Martin, Leisa A.; Smolen, Lynn Atkinson; Oswald, Ruth A.; Milam, Jennifer L. – Social Studies, 2012
In our complex, interdependent world, it is critical that educators prepare students for global citizenship. One way to develop students' awareness and understanding of the world is through global literature. Through exposure to this type of literature, students gain multiple perspectives and learn about the social, political, and moral conditions…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Global Education, Citizenship, Childrens Literature
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Bauml, Michelle; Field, Sherry L. – Social Studies, 2012
The authors provide an overview of children's books published in the United States during the last decade (2000-2010) that deal with Mexico and Mexican people. Suggested guidelines for selecting quality books and a list of award-winning titles are included as resources for teaching about Mexico. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Foreign Countries, Mexicans, Guidelines
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Lintner, Timothy – Social Studies, 2011
Although a myriad of definitions and interpretations of character education exists, many are premised on core principles and values such as honesty, kindness, generosity, tolerance, freedom, equality, and respect of/for diversity (Bohlin, Farmer, and Ryan 2001; Brooks 2001; Creasy 2008; Lickona 1996). As evidenced through its position paper,…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Altruism, Personality, Values Education
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Wasta, Stephanie – Social Studies, 2010
Encouraging elementary students to become aware of place and the role it plays in shaping their lives can provide them with a clearer sense of self and a greater appreciation for diversity. To support this premise, this article explores using six National Council for the Social Studies Notable Trade Books to assist primary students in their…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Cultural Awareness
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Lintner, Timothy – Social Studies, 2010
The cornerstone of sound social studies pedagogy is the ability of teachers to use materials that spur students to think critically, reflect honestly, and to participate purposefully and passionately. This article illustrates how elementary teachers can use select children's literature that prompts students to think critically about their…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students
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Bisland, Beverly Milner – Social Studies, 2010
One way that people learn, remember and communicate is visually. We combine past experiences with new visual information to construct meaning. In this study, elementary teachers introduced their students to the peoples and places of the ancient silk routes using illustrations from two children's picture books, "Marco Polo," written by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Action Research, Visual Learning, Elementary School Teachers
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Ponder, Jennifer; Lewis-Ferrell, Genell – Social Studies, 2009
This article tells the story of a classroom teacher's journey with her elementary students as they attempt to understand and define citizenship. The narrative highlights the process of using an emergent curriculum, creating a democratic classroom, and facilitating an active citizenship project led by students. The authors provide steps to help…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Social Action
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Waring, Scott M. – Social Studies, 2009
As social studies continues to be increasingly marginalized, educators find themselves looking for new ways to creatively and effectively bolster social studies content knowledge with less financial support. The author focuses on online auctions--a resource social studies teachers often neglect--and how they can enhance instruction. Many educators…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Web Sites, History Instruction, Primary Sources
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Field, Sherry L.; Bauml, Michelle; LeCompte, Karon; Alleman, Janet – Social Studies, 2009
The authors describe how three elementary teachers working in very different parts of the United States teach about Mexico. These teachers' practices allow them to enhance the traditional social studies curriculum, help children learn about themselves and other people, and increase children's capacities for global citizenship. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Foreign Countries, Social Studies, Elementary School Teachers
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