History and Imagination: Reenactments for Elementary Social Studies by Ronald Vaughan MorrisHistory and Imagination: Reenactments for Elementary Social Studies by Ronald Vaughan Morris

History and Imagination: Reenactments for Elementary Social Studies

byRonald Vaughan Morris

Paperback | March 8, 2012

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In History and Imagination, elementary school social studies teachers will learn how to help their students break down the walls of their schools, more personally engage with history, and define democratic citizenship. By collaborating together in meaningful investigations into the past and reenacting history, students will become experts who interpret their findings, teach their peers, and relate their experiences to those of older students, neighbors, parents, and grandparents. The byproduct of this collaborative, intergenerational learning is that schools become community learning centers, just like museums and libraries, where families can go together in order to find out more about the topics that interest them. There is an incredible value in the shared and lived experiences of reenacting the past, of meeting people from different places and times: an authority and reality that textbooks cannot rival. By engaging elementary social studies students in living history, whether in the classroom, after school, or in partnership with local historical institutions, teachers are guaranteed to impress upon the students a special, desired understanding of place and time.
Ronald Vaughan Morris teaches graduate and undergraduate students methods of elementary social studies at Ball State University.  He is the author of Drama in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies, The Field Trip Book: Study Travel Experience in Social Studies, Bringing History to Life: First Person Presentations in Elementary, a...
Title:History and Imagination: Reenactments for Elementary Social StudiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:166 pages, 9 × 6.07 × 0.41 inPublished:March 8, 2012Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Historical Reenactment for Children Chapter 2. How Teachers Can Conduct Historical Reenactments in Their Own Schools Chapter 3. Contrasting the French with the British in North America: Establishing Community within a Fifth Grade Historical Reenactment Chapter 4. Pioneer Diversity and Dissenters Day Chapter 5. Community Celebrations and History Participation Chapter 6. Learning from a Community Festival or Reenactment Chapter 7. Historical Reenactment at a Living History Site Chapter 8. Extra-Curricular Social Studies at the Conner Prairie Interpretive Park Chapter 9. Huddleston Farmhouse 1860 Victorian Life Day Camp Chapter 10. Integrating Music and Social Studies in an Extra-Curricular Activity: The Voyageur Ancient Fife and Drum Corps Chapter 11. ConclusionsAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

In his compelling book, History and Imagination, Dr. Ronald Morris shows that study of the past can be done in ways which stir the creativity of present students and teachers. While designed for applications with elementary school social studies classes, the book inspires ideas which teachers of older students can use also. History and Imagination convincingly presents the educational possibilities for formal on-location historical reenactments while also planting the question within the reader's mind of how to make the classroom itself a place where history can be studied with reenactment depth and involvement. This quality book enables social studies teachers to reflect upon their instructional practices and to find ways to historically immerse students through the experience of reenactments.