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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://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/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://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/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."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.7 MB:

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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://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/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://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/mll/01/mll01.pdf

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Buttoning Up a Hands-On History Lesson

--Audrey C. Rule and Cynthia Szymanski Sunal
How can you tell that something is old? A historical collection of everyday items (buttons, carpenter nails, magazines, fabric, food containers, etc.) "can provide concrete examples to help students construct a concept of change."

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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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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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