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Can you recommend some "Do's" and "Don'ts" for teaching about Native Americans?

Mark Finchum

Here are my recommended "Do's" and "Don'ts."

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  1. Consider the language of your lectures and the resources to be used. Look for "loaded" words such as "frontier," "settler," and "explorer." Discuss with your students how those terms may sound to an American Indian.
  2. Look at the illustrations used in the resource materials. Reject them if they portray American Indians in stereotypical ways.
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Can you recommend activities for teaching about the women’s suffrage movement in elementary school?

Nancy Gallavan

Teaching and learning about the women’s suffrage movement is a favorite experience for me. My grandmother voted in the first election open to women. Then I voted in the first election open to 18-year-olds.

I recommend:

  • Creating time lines to show the progression of voting throughout U.S. history and geography.
  • Developing other graphic organizers to illustrate requirements for voting, finding primary sources through the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/index.html
  • Interviewing people with knowledge and experience
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What is the best literature for teaching elementary students about the Civil War

Carol Warren

Literature is an excellent way to help teach the events leading to and during the Civil War to elementary students. When selecting a piece of literature, always check for its historical accuracy and that it does not contain misconceptions, oversimplifications or stereotyping.

The following list is divided by subject according to the aspect of the war being introduced to the students.

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How can I teach my third graders about the Native Americans met by Lewis and Clark?

Carol Warren

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What are the best ideas for teaching colonial history in the fourth and fifth grades?

Teachers need to understand the "big ideas" connected with the teaching of colonial history in their state then teach it interactively. I used "Storypath" and "History Alive" to bring this curriculum alive with my students. It created a passion, transfer of knowledge and understanding for the time period.
--Sue Hickenbottom

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Tim's Second Test Question

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Spielberg’s Lincoln Defines the President’s Emancipation Legacy

--David Wolfford
The film Lincoln spotlights Abraham Lincoln’s character and leadership and raises questions about the legislative process that enabled politicians to pass the Thirteenth Amendment that abolished slavery.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011344...

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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://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011328...

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Operation Pedro Pan: The Flight to Neverland for 14,000 Cuban Children

--Bárbara C. Cruz
Learning about the 1960s exodus of Cuban children to the United States can engage K-12 students in the study of immigration and U.S.-Cuba issues. A sidebar by Mario Minichino offers mapping activities, guided imagery, and other teaching suggestions.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011323...

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Charting the Land of Flowers: Exploration and Mapmaking in Spanish Florida

--Rodney Kite-Powell
Two key maps that show the “known world” from the European perspective before Christopher Columbus’s voyages illustrate the knowledge of intellectuals of that period and reveal tales of exploration, conflict, and change.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011314...

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