Creative Adventures in Social Studies: Engaging Activities & Essential Questions to Inspire Students by Daniel R. PeppercornCreative Adventures in Social Studies: Engaging Activities & Essential Questions to Inspire Students by Daniel R. Peppercorn

Creative Adventures in Social Studies: Engaging Activities & Essential Questions to Inspire Students

byDaniel R. Peppercorn

Paperback | September 30, 2011

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The creative activities and resources in this book will help teachers improve their students' academic skills, inject humor into their classes, and illustrate the connections between American history, cultural changes, human behavior, ethical issues, current events, and students' lives. Students who complete these lessons will feel a connection with their teachers and will be motivated to make a difference in the world.  This book is ideal for U.S. history and social studies instructors who have students in upper elementary, middle, high school, or college classrooms. The innovative lessons range from debates about Disney's Pocahontas and an episode of The Simpsons to content analyses of I Love Lucy and Seinfeld, to the creation of political satire, to a paper airplane assembly line contest. The book also includes the following: fantasy Senate races; an examination of changes in the portrayals of African Americans and women in ads; American Revolution and 1920s Celebrity Meetings; a simulation of the American colonies in which students earn "money" and pay taxes; an animal rights debate about Ugg boots and NBA leather basketballs; college admissions interviews for influential people; and explorations involving music, architecture, movies, acting, art, and political cartoons.  The exercises help teachers build a strong classroom community and reach students who have different learning styles and abilities by activating students' multiple intelligences. Overall, the lessons promote thoughtful and enthusiastic participation, and they incorporate movement, music, architecture, movies, acting, art, political cartoons, and technology. This book provides social studies teachers and education professors with new ideas that will invigorate their classroom and energize students.
Daniel Peppercorn is an 8th grade teacher and social studies curriculum coordinator who graduated Magna Cum Laude in History from Harvard College and received his Ed.M. from Harvard's Graduate School of Education. He is a former all-state athlete and coach who performs improv, makes films, and is working on a humorous novel.
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Title:Creative Adventures in Social Studies: Engaging Activities & Essential Questions to Inspire StudentsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:363 pages, 11.09 × 8.53 × 1010 inPublished:September 30, 2011Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1607099942

ISBN - 13:9781607099949

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Visiting Dan Peppercorn's class on Curriculum Night has become a tradition and I wouldn't miss it for the world. Social Studies Adventures contains his creative lessons that get students excited about examining American culture, social history, current events, and human behavior. The essential questions and unit timelines give students the structure they need to be successful. New teachers can use this groundbreaking book as an entire curriculum, and experienced teachers can use the activities to streamline their curriculum, stay fresh, and reach more students.