Social Studies Review

Social Studies Review is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 2, Spring

Active Learning Strategies for Using Cartoons and Internet Research Assignments in Social Studies Courses
After years of experimentation, I have finally developed an active learning teaching strategy for integrating editorial cartoons into my classes that excites both my students and me. This successful strategy is to require students (or small groups of...
A Story Well Told: Primary Sources and History Education
Tom Adams begins the preface to the 2001 edition of the History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools with a statement from Francis Parkman that provides a wonderful context for this discussion about the use of primary sources in history...
Enhancing 4th and 5th Grade Social Studies with Hands-on-Activities
Through teaching, I strive continually to bring to my students not only facts but also a joy of learning. Want to see a smile on your student's face? Give them hands-on-activities. These lessons, projects, and activities will bring another level of understanding...
From the Collections to the Classroom: The Huntington Library and History Education
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HUNTINGTONThe Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California is an aesthetic and intellectual oasis in the middle of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. It was established as...
From the Editor
Our Fall issue on "Teaching Economics" was another huge success, as many teachers need excellent suggestions for teaching strategies and resources in this critical area of social studies education. Credit for the Fall issue goes to Jim Charkins for his...
Geography in History Education: Effective Integration Strategies and Examples
"As Geography without History seemeth a carkasse without motion; so History without Geography wandreth as a Vagrant without: a certaine habitation."-Captain John SmithINTRODUCTIONNoted historian Michael Kammen, writing in his well received summary of...
History-Social Science Instructional Materials
California through its lists of adopted instructional materials for kindergarten through grade eight has brought about Standards-based reform in the classroom. By reviewing instructional materials according to the Standards, curriculum Frameworks, and...
History-Social Science in the Age of Standards
INTRODUCTIONIt has been almost fifteen years since the Social Studies Review devoted a special issue to the teaching of History. That issue came at the beginning of the revolution in the teaching of History-Social Science in California school caused...
Imperial Scholars Challenge the Standards
Li Jiang wetted his ink stone. The fine horsehair brush dipped into the ebony pool of ink. The stone glistened with wear, polished by diligent preparation for the examination to be administered at Dingzhou Hall.-Coleman-KnightIn medieval China, passing...
Music Was Made for You and Me
Music is an excellent medium for the teaching of history. It enlivens the classroom and excites students about learning. Yet music is also an important research tool that aids scholars in serious historical analysis. The same intrinsic motivation that...
Secondary Teacher Excellence: The Personal and the Professional
STAGES OF EXCELLENCESince teachers drive the secondary school, improving teacher quality results in vast improvements for secondary schools, including student education, and overall community spirit (Berends, 2000). But what goes into the making of an...
Sharing the Tour of Duty
A new student, Timothy, enrolled in my seventh grade history class recently. he and his mom had been living in Germany. His mom is a specialist in chemical warfare in the United States Army. She just received orders to Tikrit, Iraq. Needless to say,...
Teaching the Holocaust in California Schools: Problems and Prospects
The industrialized killing of European Jews, in its various dimensions and facets is filled with themes and issues which are disturbing, controversial, and sometimes incomprehensible, hardly a subject that can be addressed in just a few class sessions....
The California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP)
In 19921 became co-Director, together with Nick Entrikin, of the new UCLA site of the California HistorySocial Science Project. We called the site the "UCLA History-Geography Project," and we determined to give special emphasis to geography instruction...
The Origins and Impact of California State Testing in History-Social Science
In October 1998 the California State Board of Education formally adopted rigorous academic content standards in history-social science for California public schools, K-12. Accompanying the adoption of similarly rigorous standards in the other three core...
Thinking Historically: Critical Engagement with the Past
For more than two decades now there has been intense debate about the teaching of history in the nation's elementary and secondary schools. Initially the debate focused almost exclusively on what students should learn, not on the equally important question...
Using Maps in Teaching California History
Old maps are often interesting because of the stories they tell. Explorers used maps as shorthand for recording what they had discovered. Sailors knew their very lives depended on the degree of accuracy of their maps. Merchants liked to brag about where...