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What are some strategies to increase student interest and motivation in middle school history?

Joan Brodsky Schur

One strategy for engaging middle school students is to help them identify with a person who lived in the past -- someone who affected the course of events and/or was affected by them. Research assignments through which students assume the identity of historical individuals can help middle school students surpass their age-appropriate egocentricity, while allowing them to have "big egos" as someone of historical importance.

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500 Years of Spanish Exploration and Settlement: Children’s Literature

--Jason L. O’Brien and Wolfram Verlaan
Literature provides an ideal vehicle for guiding students beyond conventional accounts for a more profound exploration of Spanish influence in the Americas.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7701/77011328.pdf

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500 Years of Spanish Exploration and Settlement: Children’s Literature

--Jason L. O’Brien and Wolfram Verlaan
Literature provides an ideal vehicle for guiding students beyond conventional accounts for a more profound exploration of Spanish influence in the Americas.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7701/77011328.pdf

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Rising Again: Recovering the Story of Louis Sockalexis

--J. Allen Bryant
Civil Rights Pioneers came from various ethnic groups, rose up in many settings, and fought over many decades. One of the greatest baseball players of all time was a Native American who lived from to 1871 to 1913. Historical context -- Keep in mind that the massacre at Wounded Knee occurred in 1890.

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Rising Again: Recovering the Story of Louis Sockalexis

--J. Allen Bryant
Civil Rights Pioneers came from various ethnic groups, rose up in many settings, and fought over many decades. One of the greatest baseball players of all time was a Native American who lived from to 1871 to 1913. Historical context -- Keep in mind that the massacre at Wounded Knee occurred in 1890.

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National Day of Listening Comes to Midland, Michigan: A StoryCorps Project

--Ann Burke

NPR's StoryCorps can be a opportunity for students to conduct an oral history project, or interview people about their daily experiences, or survey opinions regarding a current event. This project involved team teaching.

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National Day of Listening Comes to Midland, Michigan: A StoryCorps Project

--Ann Burke

NPR's StoryCorps can be a opportunity for students to conduct an oral history project, or interview people about their daily experiences, or survey opinions regarding a current event. This project involved team teaching.

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