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  • 1.  Writing in History

    Posted 11-22-2017 09:34:00 PM
    Hello everyone!
    My name is Kelsey and I am currently a senior in the Social Studies Education program. I was wondering if any of you have any suggestions on how to use writing in the Social Studies classroom.
    I really appreciate any comments or suggestions that you may have tried.
    Thank you so much! 
    Kelsey

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    Kelsey Hayes
    Buffalo, NY
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  • 2.  RE: Writing in History

    Posted 11-28-2017 02:51:00 PM
    Hi Kelsey,

         There are several ideas to consider when using writing in the Social Studies. I believe the more the students write, the better it is for them. I would have students write position paragraphs/papers on various topics, including current issues if they fit into the curriculum. I always had an essay question on every test, and for some advanced students, I only gave essay tests that required them to apply their learning. You can always have students write a brief paragraph or summary of the main ideas in a given lesson. It is a good way to assess, formally or informally, if the students understand the main ideas of your lessons.

         I hope this helps! Good luck to you as you pursue your career in education.

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    Michael Koren
    University Supervisor
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Glendale WI
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  • 3.  RE: Writing in History

    Posted 11-30-2017 06:25:00 PM
    Hi Kelsey, 

    Have you tried entering search terms like "write," "writing," and "reporting" in the search box at 
                               www.socialstudies.org                  ?
    Doing that might result in a list of articles in NCSS journals over the years that discuss writing and social studies. 

    Please let me know how that works for you. 

    Sincerely, 
    Steve Lapham, Editor, NCSS

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    Steve Lapham
    Editor, NCSS
    National Council for the Social Studies
    Silver Spring MD
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  • 4.  RE: Writing in History

    Posted 12-25-2017 11:30:00 PM
    Thanks for information

    Andy Demko
    2010-2011 President, Oregon Council for the Social Studies
    2012-2015 Board Member, NCSS





  • 5.  RE: Writing in History

    Posted 12-25-2017 11:33:00 PM
    Again, Steve L. thanks for information you sent out.   

    Andy Demko
    2010-2011 President, Oregon Council for the Social Studies