Doing History: Investigating with Children in Elementary and Middle Schools

By Linda S. Levstik ; Keith C. Barton | Go to book overview

National Council for the Social Studies ( 1994), Peace Corps World Wise Schools ( 1998)

South Africa, for instance, had a profound impact on students' views of race in the United States. Investigating racism and segregation in South Africa brought new perspectives to bear in thinking about similar issues in the United States.

Perhaps most significantly, studying world history makes more clear the profound historical effect of people's differing beliefs, values, experiences, and knowledge. Recognizing some of these differences challenges students' assumptions about the growth and development of human societies, laying a foundation for reconsidering stereotypical thinking and enhancing cross-cultural communication. In addition, studying world history puts national history--and national identity--in a broader context, suggesting alternatives to current local and national practice. To the extent that such study makes explicit students' connection to other parts of the globe, it better prepares them to participate in the kind of decision making required of citizens in an increasingly interconnected world.


CHILDREN'S AND ADOLESCENT LITERATURE

Different Perspectives on Columbus.

Adler D. A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus. Holiday House, 1991.

Ceserani G. P. Christopher Columbus. Random, 1979.

Conrad P. Pedro's Journal. Caroline House, 1991.

Fritz J. Where Do You Think You're Going Christopher Columbus? G. P. Putnam's, 1980.

Jacobs F. The Tainos: The People Who Welcomed Columbus. Putnam's. 1992.

Levinson N. Christopher Columbus: Voyager to the Unknown. Dutton, Lodestar, 1990.

Maestro B., & Maestro G. The Discovery of the Americas. Lothrop, 1991.

Meltzer M. Cristopher Columbus and the World Around Him. Watts, 1990.

Pelta K. Discovering Christopher Columbus: How History is Invented. Lerner, 1991.

Roop P., & Roop., C. (Eds.). I, Columbus--My Journal. Walker, 1990.

Weil L. I, Christopher Columbus. Atheneum, 1983.

Yolen J. Encounter. Harcourt, 1992.


Books on South Africa

Angelou M. My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me. Clarkson, 1994.

Biko S. I Write What I Like. HarperCollins, 1979.

Gordon S. The Middle of Somewhere: A Story of South Africa. Orchard, 1990.

Gordon S. Waiting for the Rain: A Novel of South Africa. Orchard, 1987.

Harris S. South Africa: Timeline. Dryad, 1988.

Mathabane M. Kaffir Boy: The True Story a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa. Macmillan, 1986.

McKee T. ( 1998). No more strangers now: Young voices from a new South Africa. DK Ink.

Meisel J. D. South Africa at the Crossroads. Millbrook, 1994.

Naidoo B. Chain of fire. Lippincott, 1989.

Naidoo B. Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story. Harper, 1986.

Odendall A., & Chilane F. Beyond the Barricades: Popular Resistance in South Africa. Aperture, 1989.

Rochman H. (Ed.). Somehow Tenderness Survives: Stories of Southern Africa. HarperCollins, 1988.

Sacks M. Beyond Safe Boundaries. Dutton"Lodestar, 1990.

Stock C. Armiens' Fishing Trip. Morrow, 1990.

Williams M. Into the Valley. Philomel, 1993.

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