Authors: Janice I. Robbins, Ph.D., Carol L. Tieso, Ph.D.
Product Code: 2573
ISBN: 9781618212573
Pages: 234
Availability: In stock.

Engaging With History in the Classroom: The Post-Reconstruction Era is the third in a series of middle-grade U.S. history units that focus on what it means to be an American citizen, living in a democracy that expects as much from its citizens as it provides to them. In every lesson, students are asked to step into the world of the post-Reconstruction and industrialization era, to hear about and to see what was happening, to read the words of real people, and to imagine their hopes, dreams, and feelings. Students also learn to question the accounts left behind and to recognize different perspectives on the amazing changes in the social, political, and economic profile of America. Resources for teachers include a running script that's useful as a model for guiding conceptualization as well as extensive teacher notes with practical suggestions for personalizing activities.

Grades 6–8


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by Cathy Bonneville Hix
on 3/26/2015
from Arlington, Virginia
Help Students Become Historical Thinkers!
In order for students to engage in historical thinking, they must be exposed to rigorous content that they are required to analyze.  The lessons in this book provide this  high level of rigor as they require students to analyze primary sources and explain their thinking. Strategies such as Structured Academic Controversies and primary source analysis allow students to connect learning to essential questions and big ideas.  The primary source documents in the book are exceptional and include pictures, diaries, data charts, political cartoons, and much more.  As a classroom teacher of this subject for 30 years and a current supervisor of social studies, these are the kinds of lessons that capture students imaginations and allow them to more deeply understand content.  The clear lay out and step by step directions make it a must have resource for teachers.
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Review: Gifted Child Today - December 17, 2015
Primary sources and authentic artifacts enhance history lessons and help to create inviting learning environments for students while developing in-depth conceptual knowledge. Janice I. Robbins and Carol L. Tieso present a series of four books that entice middle school students to explore . . . The books are replete with lessons, handouts, and thorough instructions for teachers to build knowledge and perspective in their classroom while following history curriculum standards.
Review by: Jody Passanisi, Shara Peters, MiddleWeb - April 5, 2015
. . . For a new teacher without any curriculum options at his or her disposal, this is an incredibly rich resource. For a teacher with an existing curriculum, it is useful as well—one in which the teacher can “choose their own adventure,” picking from some well-thought-out course material, deciding what offerings best supplement their current content in the classroom and what suits their teaching style and objectives . . . . Overall, this is an extremely worthwhile tool for United States History teachers to have on the actual or virtual bookshelf. The four-book series can be used by any teacher, regardless of where they are in their career, to enhance their curriculum.

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