Social Studies Review

Social Studies Review is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 2, Spring

Access to Daily Geography with the Newspaper
INTRODUCTION:A WINDOW ON THE WORLDI tell my students, "Without geography, you're nowhere." At the beginning of the year, they respond with blank stares or scrunched-up faces. By the end of the year, they smile back and acknowledge that they understand...
Addressing College Level CCTC Standards in a Social Studies Methods Course
For the past few years the pressure of high stakes standardized testing has been a fact of life for public school teachers and the students they teach. At the college level in California there also has been a high stakes accountability system, the CTC...
A Passion to Learn about Our World
I like geography best, he said, because your mountains and rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.-Brian Andreas, American PoetFrom space I saw Earth-indescribably beautiful with the scars of national boundaries gone.-Astronaut Muhammad...
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Visual Literacy
VISUAL LEARNING"In the olden days when you were alive did they have TV?" was a frequent question my young students and my own children used to ask me. After reassuring them that I was still among the living, we would talk about images past and present....
Building Geographic Literacy - Book by Book
Following are lists of recommended literature, organized by geographic theme, to use for the purposes of teaching, learning and applying geographic literacy. Grade levels are identified according to the book's content as it connects to the California...
Connecting to History: Resources for Teachers to Improve Students' Historical Knowledge
"Historical Knowledge is not a variety of knowledge, but it is knowledge itself; it is the form which completely fills and exhausts the field of knowing . . . ." -Bendetto Croce"The value of History is, indeed, not scientific by moral: by liberalizing...
Discovering a Passion for Geography: Insights from California Teachers
As a child, I dreaded taking the front seat during our family cross-country trips. The front passenger seat meant accepting certain duties - duties that related directly to geography, such as map reading, explaining a thing or two about where we were,...
Effective Classroom Discussions: Getting Teachers to Talk Less and Students to Talk More
Let's face it: every day we try as hard as we can to get students to participate in good classroom discussions and the effort falls flat. We ask tons of questions to get things going, the same few students try to answer all the questions, but most others...
Exploration and Mapping: Geographic Literacy in the Primary Grades
INTRODUCTION: MAPS ARE FOR KIDS TOO!From early on, children hold a natural curiosity for the world around them. They often learn about and describe their world in terms of a story, picture, or song. Yet, how frequently do we teach children to develop...
Exploring American Frontiers: A Teacher's Journey through Public Lands
Imagine leaving the comforts of home for a two-month journey across America's public lands. Joining a small team of trekkers and accompanied by a support crew, one California teacher embraced this opportunity and set off for the adventure of a lifetime.Mike...
From the Editor
Response to our Fall/Winter issue "Teaching About Islam" has been very positive. Readers found the theme articles well-stated and balanced in their treatment of the issues. Teachers responded to the section on teaching resources about Islam, stating...
Going beyond Where: Online Resources for Enhancing Your Geographic Teaching Toolbox
In my professional interaction with California K-12 teachers, two needs consistently emerge: geography and online resources. This paper will address both requests with some fundamental information about geography teaching standards, along with useful...
Innovative Geography-through-Music Curriculum Earns National Geographic Society Support
The University of California at San Diego ArtsBridge America program was recently awarded a $17,800 grant to develop a geography-through-music curriculum. In awarding the Grosvenor grant to UCSD ArtsBridge, the National Geographic Society Education Foundation...
Learning the Where of It All by Using Literature to Teach Geography
History is "a story well told." This Barbara Tuchman quote is well understood by teachers who have always looked for historical novels and short stories to personalize the events of major periods and turning points in history. However, much less often...
Let the Games Begin: San Diego County's Geography Olympiad!
INTRODUCTION AND EARLY HISTORYIn 1993, two California Geographic Alliance Teacher Consultants staged the first Olympic-style geography contest in San Diego. The San Diego County Geography Olympiad quickly morphed into an annual academic contest involving...
Making the Transition in Geography Teaching: Electronic and Print Materials
INTRODUCTIONGeographic education has been in a major transition zone for the past several years. This is not a new concept for geographers, since regional transitions in climate, land use, and dominant languages are fundamental geographic concepts. However,...
Maps
"Geography is the art of the mappable."Haggett 1990"So important is the use of maps in geographic work that... it seems fair to suggest to the geographer if the problem cannot be studied fundamentally by maps... then it is questionable whether or not...
The Impact of Geography on the American Revolution: Expanding Regions of British Military Responsibility
It has always been a truism that historians cannot effectively explain major military events without taking into consideration the "geographic influence." When you consider that all human events are caught up in both time and space, it is imperative...
There Is No "Place" like Home
There is no place like home-and Earth is our home in this magnificent and infinite universe. It is the concept of "home" I believe so important to emphasize when installing the love of geography in the hearts and minds of our youth. All geography is...
The Summer Geography Institute Workshop: Sharing a Passion for Landscape through Field Trips
...we are obligated to make a map of our own homeland, our own field or meadow. We carry engraved in our hearts the map of our world as we know it.James Cowan (1966). A Mapmaker's Dream: The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice.INTRODUCTIONNorm,...
The Women's Right Movement: Instructional Video Program
Produced by the American Broadcasting Company and Walt Disney ProductionsWalt Disney Company and the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) have produced two videos that examine the status and history of women's rights. The first video, (part 1) looks at...
To Bee or Not to Bee: Using the National Geographic Bee to Enrich the 4th - 8th Grade Curriculum
The Bee made me think big. I now read part of the newspaper every day, just to see what is happening around the world.-Amanda, eighth-grade, Los AngelesWhen I first entered the Bee in fourth grade, I only knew the continents and a few rivers. Now I know...
Who Is She? A Special Tribute
Although it was a summer day, there was a hint of coolness in the air. Unseen, a fog bank lay just offshore, waiting to move in and cover the town. I opened the gate and walked into a garden, green, filled with plants and flowers growing everywhere -...
Writing Your Way into the Five Themes of Geography
Each semester, we ask the students in our social studies methods classes to recall their memories of geography and history in elementary school, and to classify their experiences as positive or negative. Time after time, the "negative" column is filled...