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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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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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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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Hicks, Karen; Austin, Jordan – Social Studies, 1994
Describes an instructional unit in which students developed a series of mock trials based on legal issues in popular fairy tales. Asserts that meaningful learning takes place when children's activities in schools involve real-life experiences. Provides a list of 19 legal issues found in fairy tales. (CFR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Citizenship Education, Content Area Reading, Cooperative Learning
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Stafford, Jan – Social Studies, 1993
Asserts that most teachers would like to teach about religion, especially in history, but hesitate because they are uncertain about what they can teach legally. Recommends using children's literature to point out how religions affect the way families throughout the world live in their homes and communities. (CFR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Content Area Reading, Elementary Education
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Imeson, Jaeanne; Skamp, Keith R. – Social Studies, 1995
Maintains that environmental education in New South Wales is supported as an interdisciplinary priority area. Describes an environmental education/social studies unit using children's literature. Describes six lessons and presents samples of student writing in response to assignments. (CFR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Classroom Techniques, Colonialism, Cross Cultural Studies
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McGowan, Tom; Guzzetti, Barbara – Social Studies, 1991
Recommends including tradebooks in social studies. Suggests ways teachers can utilize literature in social studies instruction. Points out that targeting relevant social studies content in literature can deepen and enrich the learning experience. Argues using literature helps develop critical thinking, promotes citizenship preparation, and helps…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Citizenship Education, Concept Teaching, Creative Teaching