Middle Level

A Walk Through Time: A Living History Project


--Alice Aud, Gini Bland, Barbara Brown, and Bruce Law
Eighth grade students in a Georgia middle school reconstruct a Mississippian village on the shores of Carolina Bay.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/06/mll06.pdf

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My Brother and I: Brickyard Laborers in an Ohio Town


--Martha I. Pallante and Christian Shively
A hands-on exploration of local history that involved students K-12 as well as university educators and graduate students. Documents from the OHS Museum of Industry and Labor.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/05/mll05.pdf

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Modern Times: The Industrial Revolution and the Concept of Time


--Frans H. Doppen
Several approaches to increasing student understanding of how the Industrial Revolution changed our concept of time--and its lasting effects today.

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“Did They Actually, Really Believe This?” Medical Documents as a Window on the Past


Students discuss how "ideas that a society mistakenly believes to be scientific can be used to promote social prejudice and discrimination." An etched image (ca. 1840) of an Irish immigrant's "broad, low head" clearly shows "exceedingly deficient moral organs -- especially benevolence."

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The Colonial Convention: Teaching History as Perspective Taking


--Mac Duis and Sandra S. Duis
Eighth grade students adopt the role of a character from the late Colonial era and present that character's perspective on issues of the day at a convention involving the 13 colonies.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 4.5 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/03/mll03.pdf

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The Makah: Exploring Public Issues during a Structured Classroom Discussion


--Bruce E. Larson
Students have to think on two levels: they must deliberate about a current issue (Native rights to small-scale whaling) and develop reasons to defend their thinking; and they must reflect on the discussion process itself.

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Using Children’s Diaries to Teach the Oregon Trail


--Richard M. Wyman, Jr.
Children traveling west with their families sometimes kept diaries. "precisely because they were trapped in the present moment," these young authors often viewed "their immediate world with a special clarity."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 3.5MB:
http://members.ncss.org/mll/01/mll01.pdf

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Exploring the Explorers: Using Internet Resources


--Cheryl Franklin Torrez and Gina Bush
Students investigate various sources to learn about the Age of Exploration--and think critically about what they are reading at the (sometimes mischievous) "All About Explorers" website.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. President! New Books for Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial


--Terrell A. Young, Barbara A. Ward, and Deanna Day
Discusses 15 books published in 2007-09, "any one of which would make an excellent addition to a classroom collection."

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A Closer Look: The Representation of Slavery in the [em]Dear America[/em] Series


--T. Lee Williams
A critical review of four books from this popular juvenile historical fiction series, focusing on their depiction of the experience and institution of slavery in the United States.

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