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Hollywood or History: Greek Literature

Hollywood or History: Greek Literature

Using Hollywood film and sources to analyze figures in Greek mythology

There is no doubt that the use of Hollywood films in a classroom provides the students with a variety of benefits crucial to their learning and their understanding. Although movie day in a middle level classroom is...
Author: Michelle Black
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Topics: Teaching
Using Graphic Novels to Open the Gateway for Struggling Readers

Using Graphic Novels to Open the Gateway for Struggling Readers

The benefits of using graphic novels in the social studies classroom

The standards in current education reform movements stress the importance of strengthening students' content-area literacy skills. This means that social studies teachers must draw on powerful texts. The problem is...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough
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Examining the Evidence

Exploring vocabulary terms in social studies with primary sources.

The C3 Framework by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has changed the dynamics of social studies instruction. The emphasis of standards in this document is for teachers to build students' content-area...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough, Rebecca Bidwell
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Throw Out Your History Textbook

Throw Out Your History Textbook

A case for primary source analysis.

Jay Leno: Debbie, where you from? Debbie: South. South San Francisco. Jay Leno: South San Francisco. OK, and you're a citizen of the United States? Debbie: I sure am. Jay Leno: Born here? Debbie: Sure was. Jay...
Author: Sean Robertson, Vanessa Scanfeld, Chris Cunningham, Vincent Dotoli
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Topics: Teaching

Teaching Historical Literacy in the Middle Grades

Research Summary

As students enter the middle grades, they often encounter curricula that grow more challenging each year. This is especially the case in social studies when students experience primary documents and complex texts,...
Author: Stephanie M. Bennett, Jennifer Stepp-Sanders
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History Alive: Engaging Students in Cosplaying

History Alive: Engaging Students in Cosplaying

Weaving the fun of cosplaying with social studies gives history a life of its own.

Every summer, thousands of comic book fans make the trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, for HeroesCon. During this three-day convention, hundreds of fans dress up like Batman, Stormtroopers, Spiderman, Iron Man, taking...
Author: Nefertari Yancie, Jeremiah Clabough
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Topics: Teaching
One Text—Many Perspectives

One Text—Many Perspectives

Writing and reading "I Am" poetry through different lenses.

"Read this article about The Great Pandemic of 1918–1919 and then answer the questions on the board," the teacher directed as she handed out the printed pages. Where did the pandemic start?...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Information Overload: Giving Students the Tools They Need to Navigate the Digital World

Information Overload: Giving Students the Tools They Need to Navigate the Digital World

A few years ago, I wrote an article for students about the surprising amount of sugar that Americans eat. Toward the end of the article, after explaining how sugar is added to some foods you wouldn't expect (crackers!...
Author: Suzanne Zimbler
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Bringing Real World Experiences to the Classroom

Bringing Real World Experiences to the Classroom

Distance learning and classroom visits spark excitement learning social studies

Making social studies come alive is a top priority when trying to engage my middle schoolers. I began this process through distance learning. Using Skype in the classroom has enabled my students to travel to places...
Author: Dan Jones
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Topics: Teaching
Standards—Merely a Good Place to Start

Standards—Merely a Good Place to Start

Standards are important—but just a starting point

It used to be that the school or district leader’s answer to the fundamental question, “What are the most important things for me to teach this year?” invariably was, “Check your...
Author: Guy Gambone
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