Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook: Six Investigative Strategies, Grades 5-12 (Paperback)
  • Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook: Six Investigative Strategies, Grades 5-12 (Paperback)

Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook: Six Investigative Strategies, Grades 5-12 (Paperback)

Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 14/01/2009
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Yohuru Williams has developed an approach to teaching history that makes it easy to get students actively engaged, to think critically, and to become accountable for their own learning. This indispensable guide demonstrates how to turn students into investigators of history, rather than memorizers and regurgitators of dates and disconnected facts.

Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook presents six powerful teaching strategies, each with many sample lessons suitable for grades 5-12, that tap into students' natural curiosity and investigative instincts. Your students will become detectives of the past as they:

Ghost-hunt in their neighborhoods, researching mysterious buildings, monuments, and other "haunted" spaces

Solve historical crime scenes, or "cold cases"

Analyze primary and secondary sources using fingerprinting techniques

Reconstruct "accidents" that occurred at important intersections in history

Prepare arguments as defenders or prosecutors in famous court cases

Undertake paranormal investigations to communicate with figures from the past

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 9781412966214
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 254 x 177 x 13 mm

"No longer is history something to be ingested and regurgitated on a test, but rather something that absorbs the intellectual imagination of the learner. That is a rare quality in good teaching. The author has done a marvelous job of bridging what are otherwise conflicting paradigms."
-- Lynn E. Nielsen, Professor of Education
"This book offers experienced social studies teachers endless ideas and inspiration to revitalize their classrooms so that students look forward to learning social studies, especially learning experiences placed in their own communities." -- Nancy P. Gallavan, Professor
"An excellent guide for making history a compelling subject to students through the use of sleuthing and crime analysis metaphors and techniques. Any teacher using the models outlined in the book will find his or her classes more exciting for all involved." -- Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr., Professor
"Williams presents engaging and unique strategies from his broad range of experience. The connections between historical events and the polemics and mysteries of crime scenes make history learning a thrill." -- Brett Piersma, Social Studies Teacher
"This is not your typical social studies methods book by any means. Williams's highly readable prose shows a deep respect for the marriage of American history content and teaching." -- Elaine Wrisley Reed, Retired Executive Director
"Williams's passion for helping teachers look at content in new ways and with clever devices to engage their students is precisely what we need. This informative and well-designed book challenges educators to think outside of the box." -- Dennis Denenberg, Professor Emeritus
"Great teachers are national treasures, and Yohuru Williams is one of them. In this book he shares ideas and teaching methods. He also includes some terrific historic vignettes." -- Joy Hakim, Author
"Williams is one of the most knowledgeable and exciting history education presenters in the nation. Finally, teachers will have the opportunity to read, digest, and implement these fantastic teaching methods into their lessons." -- Kevin T. Brady, President

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