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Artifacts Bring Grover Cleveland’s Presidency to Life in the First Grade


--Carol Macken
Children's literature is combined with "historical artifacts" to help children identify the roles and responsibilities of the president, and of G. Cleveland in particular, who was born in this town--Caldwell, Jew Jersey.

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A Century of Veterans: Researching History Through Our Local Cemetery


--Lindsey B. Downey
Third graders research the memorials in the cemetery in the town of Otterbein, Ohio, and write tributes in response.

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A Century of Veterans: Researching History Through Our Local Cemetery


--Lindsey B. Downey
Third graders research the memorials in the cemetery in the town of Otterbein, Ohio, and write tributes in response.

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A Century of Veterans: Researching History Through Our Local Cemetery


--Lindsey B. Downey
Third graders research the memorials in the cemetery in the town of Otterbein, Ohio, and write tributes in response.

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A Century of Veterans: Researching History Through Our Local Cemetery


--Lindsey B. Downey
Third graders research the memorials in the cemetery in the town of Otterbein, Ohio, and write tributes in response.

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A Century of Veterans: Researching History Through Our Local Cemetery


--Lindsey B. Downey
Third graders research the memorials in the cemetery in the town of Otterbein, Ohio, and write tributes in response.

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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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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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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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Exploring the Past with 21st-Century Tools


--Kelly Schrum and Lynne Schrum
The Internet "is a tool for helping students engage with history and bring their understanding of the past to the present in new, exciting ways.

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