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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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McCarty, Diane M. – Social Studies, 2007
Book Review Committee members for the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), in collaboration with the Children's Book Council, have reviewed current copyrighted trade books with social studies themes since 1972. As a result, an annual bibliography of K-12 trade books is published each May in the "Notable Social Studies Trade Books for…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Book Reviews, Social Studies, Childrens Literature
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Palmer, Jesse – Social Studies, 2001
Describes three types of conflict: (1) conflict over resources; (2) conflict of needs; and (3) conflict of values. Discusses strategies for conflict resolution appropriate for K-4 students. Addresses ways for combating conflict, such as developing active listening techniques, decision-making skills, self-assessments, and using children's…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making Skills
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Wasta, Stephanie – Social Studies, 2001
Describes a unit for third-grade students on China, focusing on the first class session and the key elements that were used in the unit (artifacts, literature, and artwork). Discusses how the students' attitudes and understandings about China changed and explores the students' reflections on the class activities. (CMK)
Descriptors: Art Education, Childrens Literature, Chinese Culture, Cultural Awareness
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Owens, William T.; Nowell, Linda S. – Social Studies, 2001
Contends that picture story books meet the goals of social studies, promote social inquiry, and are compatible with social studies curriculum standards. Describes the use of picture story books in the classroom. Includes an annotated bibliography, and discussion of the bibliography, that is meant to encourage social consciousness in students five-…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Childrens Literature, Educational Practices, Elementary Education
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Shin, Eui-Kyung – Social Studies, 2001
Believes that students should learn about cultural similarities as opposed to differences to help them understand the connections among the cultures of the world. Provides practical suggestions for meaningful learning experiences focusing on cultural similarities using children's literature, proverbs, a venn diagram, and real-life examples. (CMK)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism
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Wheeler, Alan H. – Social Studies, 1971
The use of a wide variety of reading materials instead of standard textbooks for social studies instruction is advocated along with the pursuit of individual interests according to ability emphasizing concepts rather than facts. (MB)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Books, Childrens Literature, Concept Teaching
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Westerberg, Virginia; Sander, Daryl – Social Studies, 1982
Discusses how children's literature can contribute to a child's career awareness. Specific books are examined. (RM)
Descriptors: Books, Career Awareness, Career Education, Childrens Literature
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Perez-Stable, Maria – Social Studies, 1997
Argues that the inclusion of ethnic folktales into a social studies unit can reinforce stereotypical assumptions unless it is balanced with accurate and insightful social and cultural instruction. Summarizes and discusses a number of Latino folktales and how they could be used as springboards for appropriate instruction. (MJP)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cultural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Elementary Education
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Wile, James M. – Social Studies, 2000
Describes the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) Project. Provides an illustration of the RWCT framework of evocation, realization of meaning, and reflection, focusing on how literacy activities can develop fundamental ideas about democracy. Considers the implication of "democratic pedagogy" and includes a lesson plan on democratic…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Childrens Literature, Citizenship Education, Democratic Values
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Stewig, John Warren – Social Studies, 1992
Discusses the use of children's literature within the social studies curriculum to teach about other cultures. Includes fiction set in another place, works set in both another place and time, and informational or factual accounts of other countries. Urges use of multiple books on the same culture and foreign books to capitalize on children's…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Curriculum Development
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Riecken, Ted J.; Miller, Michelle R. – Social Studies, 1990
Critiques current models of problem solving for children, maintaining that there is a chasm between the experiences of real-life problem solving and the idealized frameworks that are presented to children. Suggests the use of children's literature as a means to teaching problem solving. Includes suggested readings, and a list of questions for…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Critical Thinking, Decision Making Skills
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James, Michael; Zarrillo, James – Social Studies, 1989
Presents an interdisciplinary approach to teaching history at the elementary level. Suggests that a concept-based approach could expand the role of children's literature in the elementary classroom and bring history to the center of the curriculum. Lists five points to consider when selecting literature for a history unit. (KO)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Curriculum Design, Elementary Education, History Instruction
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Ahern, John F.; Moir, Hughes – Social Studies, 1986
Provides a brief annotated bibliography of children's books which may be used to foster greater understanding of the five most popular holidays celebrated in U. S. public schools. The holidays are Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and St. Valentine's Day. (JDH)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Childrens Literature, Cultural Education, Elementary Education
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