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Building Community: Social Studies in the Middle School Yearsby Mary Burke Hengen
Synopses & Reviews
Mary Burke-Hengen and Tim Gillespie shared an eighth grade teaching position at Beaumont Middle School in Portland, Oregon, where they worked with other teachers to build curriculum that integrated social studies with language arts and other subject areas. In this volume, Mary and Tim have collected ideas and stories from over a dozen of their middle school colleagues, revealing the challenges and satisfactions teaching an integrated social studies program can offer.
Building Community is written in the spirit of collegial sharing, confirming the power of teachers involved in dialogue with one another. Though most of the contributors advocate student centered, process-oriented approaches to teaching, they do not necessarily agree on the issues, nor do they have one definitive point of view about integrated curriculum. The authors recognize that there are different approaches and different students, teachers, places, and times and honor the fact children can learn and grow in all kinds of situations. Their stories offer useful insights and suggestions, practical strategies, and provocations to further thought.
The authors present ideas and stories from more than a dozen of their middle school colleagues, providing a range of perspectives on social studies teaching.
About the Author
Clark College. A regular contributor to professional journals and books, he is also a published poet and fiction writer.
Table of Contents
Connecting Story and History
Once Upon a Time and Place: Stories of the Family, T. Kennedy
Our Stories, Our History, Our Memories, T. Gillespie
Telling Points: Teaching Social Studies with Literature, M. Burke-Hengen
Creating Interdisciplinary Classrooms
Call of the Wild, J. O'Connor
Show, Don't Tell: Role Plays and Social Imagination, B. Bigelow
Teaching Citizenship Through Mock Trials: Blending Social Studies and Language Arts, T. Murray
Learners and Creators: Art and the Social Studies, L. Kennedy
A Middle Ages Potpourri, B. Hittle
Using Fish to Teach Geography, K. McCubbin
Changing and Reflecting
Chance Favors the Prepared Mind: An Administrator Reflects on Change, M. Ortloff
Developing a Student-Responsive Program, M. Oldani
Students Develop Portfolios, W. Charley
Community Service Learning: A Bridge to Meaning, M. Woolley
A Conversation on Assessment
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