Making Sense of History: Using High-quality Literature and Hands-on Experiences to Build Content Knowledge

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Scholastic, 2006 - Education - 208 pages
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For teachers interested in building reading skills and content knowledge simultaneously, this book is for them. Myra Zarnowski breaks the mold on traditional instruction by providing guidelines for building students’ understanding of and excitement for history. She demonstrates how to use high-quality literature and hands-on experiences to help students not only grasp the facts, but make sense of the facts. Loaded with book lists, step-by-step study units, and the work of real students, this book is just what teachers need to get students thinking, learning, and caring about the people and events of the past. For use with Grades 3 & Up.

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This book was chosen as a required text for an Elementary Social Studies Methods class I had the opportunity to teach. The book is geared to elementary teachers and students, but many of the methods ... Read full review

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I enjoyed this book's approach toward history: hands-on, minds-on, lit-based. The inquiry methods resonated with my pedagogy. Unfortunately, it had loads more for US history than ancient World history, so I didn't get many concrete ideas out of it. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Myra Zarnowski is a professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Queens College, City University of New York, where she teaches courses in literacy, children's literature, and social studies. A former classroom teacher, she has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels. She is particularly interested in making history a vibrant subject for teachers and children.

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